She came up behind him and touched the hem of his clothes, and at once her bleeding stopped. Luke 8:47 CEB
The Bleeding Woman
I love reading about miracles Jesus performed during His ministry on Earth. In the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, in between the accounts of Him freeing a demon-possessed man and raising a twelve-year-old girl back to life, we can find the story of Him healing a woman with an “issue of blood.” And wow, what an issue it was! She endured twelve years of physical pain, being ostracized, and unsuccessfully seeking healing from countless doctors.
Hopeless, helpless and hurting.
I have tried to imagine what my mindset and emotional state would be after a dozen straight years of suffering physically, being rejected socially, and receiving no relief from numerous doctors as they bled my bank account dry. I do not think I would have the strength that she showed when she sought healing from Jesus by pressing into a crowd of people who had likely been unkind and uncaring toward her.
I greatly admire her fortitude, fearlessness and faith. Fortitude helped her withstand twelve long years without healing. Fearlessness compelled her to go to a place where she was not supposed to be. Faith thoroughly convinced her that touching Him would bring healing.
All three of the Gospel accounts record the facts that she touched the hem of His garment, she was instantly healed, and that Jesus told her that her faith had made her well.
Why Did Jesus Ask “Who Touched Me?”
Two of the three Gospels include another intriguing detail: When Jesus felt power leave His body, He asked, “Who touched me?” Of course, He knew who touched Him; He knew everything! Why did He ask that question aloud and await a verbal response?
Jesus could have continued on His journey, and He and the woman could have kept a special secret between them. He had places to go and people to heal. However, He took the time to ask the question.
When she responded, the crowd witnessed the fact that Jesus desired to bring wholeness to a desperate woman. They saw that she mattered to Him. Her importance to Jesus superseded His schedule and social norms.
You Matter to Jesus
You matter to Jesus too. Has anyone told you that lately?
Regardless of what you are going through, you matter to Jesus. Regardless of which road to restoration you are currently traveling, you matter to Jesus. Regardless of how friends and society treat you, you matter to Jesus.
You have a Healer who loves you.
A Great Physician who wants you to be whole.
Muster up your fortitude, fearlessness, and faith. Reach out and touch Him today.
Thank You, Jesus, for who You are. Thank You for loving us and for Your desire to bring healing and make us whole. Help us have the faith it takes to reach out to You. Amen.
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Gwen Thielges is from North Dakota where she is an author, blogger, and worship leader. She encourages readers to strive toward a deeper faith and a wider witness.