The Liberating Touch
When you read Mark chapter 5 you find a beautiful story about an ordinary person who is very much like you and me. Not a person of spiritual power. Not a person of great spiritual statue. Not a person who is going to make it in Who's Who.
But a person who lives just like you, who suffers just like you, like us. A person who goes through the same kind of hassle we go through. And she had a disease and it has been hanging on for a long time.
This story is not just about a miracle of healing but one of the most beautiful scriptures of redeeming grace in Jesus Christ in all the stories I have read in the New Testament.
In this story there is a tragedy and it was this woman through no fault of her own. There was also a trial what she had tried to this point had failed. Then there was a test would she press through to know deliverance. Then there was a touch that brought transformation, and finally there was a triumph through Jesus Christ. *1
When you read Mark Chapter 5:24 Throngs of people were pressing all around him, yet in that crowd was a discouraged woman and this woman is there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years and she had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors. She had spent all she had and instead of getting better she grew worst.
When she heard about Jesus she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak because she thought if I just touch His clothes I will be healed. Obediently, immediately her bleeding stop and she felt in her body that she was set free from her suffering.
Jesus at once realized that power had gone out from Him and He turned around in the crowd and asked who touched me. You see the people crowding against you the disciples answered. And yet you ask who touched me. But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
Then the woman knowing what had happen to her came and fell at His feet and ...
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