Heart to Heart
If you have read much of the Bible you have possibly read the story of Jesus healing the woman who had bled for 12 years. You know she was bleeding unhealed for many years. The loss of blood for so long made her ceremoniously unclean and anything she touched would be unclean. From all account she had zero chance of ever being healed. She was so poor she could not even afford the proper nourishment to keep her from going further in her sickness.
Someone had shared who Jesus was with her and she had to see Him. Even beyond her physical disability she had that one tiny piece of hope left inside her and made her way to where Jesus was. I can imagine her trying desperately to make her way through many people to come near to Jesus. Her physical state would be so weak and I am sure carrying a ton of shame just knowing she was unclean.
She thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” (Mark 5:28) Her faith led her to Jesus and her faith healed her. Her faith was as much as receiving as Jesus giving. There were many people who had touched Jesus and touched his clothes but no one was healed with the impact it had on this day. The woman was healed by just a finger to his robe. He held the finger of hope against the finger of her faith. She received that healing with such power that Jesus immediately asked, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30) Even the disciples questioned why this healing would stop Jesus in his tracks. Jesus’ heart felt her heart. Jesus was not concerned by the fact that she was unclean and she touched him. That mere touch made her clean her faith was made complete.
God sent His son for her and only her on that day. She was defiled, dirty and unclean. Yet Jesus forgave her was not afraid to be touched by her. “In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had instantly been healed.” (Luke 8:47) She confessed and was saved (healed).
Faith in Christ is inclusive and available to all. Faith can heal even those who are cast in the shadow. (Acts 5:15) If we are already believers Jesus is already inside you. His power resides in you. We can do our part in letting Jesus feel our heart by feeling His heart. We can grow our faith by reading and studying the word, praying and worshiping with other believers. May we look for interruptions to share Jesus, may we stop what we are doing to identify when Jesus shows up to heal. May we not overlook those who seem unclean and unworthy of His Love.
May we all live and go in peace.
– Suzann Jonson