If I Can But Touch the Hem of His Garment by Samuel Burgess

If I Can But Touch the Hem of His Garment
Sammy Burgess
Mark 5:25-34

INTRODUCTION:
We are told in {Luke 7:34} that Jesus is a Friend of Sinners. I am glad that Jesus took time with sinners. Not only did Jesus take time with sinners; He touched them, and He transformed them. Jesus is a friend indeed.

But we have described for us in several passage of Scriptures how Jesus is a Friend of those who are Suffering. We read time and time again how Jesus, during His busy schedule took time for those who were hurting.

The Psalmist put it best when he said in {Psalms 46:1}- "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

No matter what your situation may be, Jesus has time for and He will take time for you to help you in your hour of need.

{ILLUSTRATION}> I read a story a few years ago about Annie Sherwood Hawks. She was sitting by an open window one bright June morning. During that time, she was filled with a sense of the Lord's nearness. She thought to herself; "How could one live without Him either in joy or in pain for any period of time."

As she was sitting there basking in the Lord's nearness, she wrote these words:

"I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour, I need Thee;
O Bless me now, my Savior;
I come to Thee."

Every one of us can testify to the fact that whenever we've needed the Lord, He has always been there for us.

For just a few moments I want us to look at a woman who was in desperate need of help in her life. This woman with this issue of blood needed the Lord. She wanted the Lord to be near her.

This woman had reached the end of her rope. She had a blood disease that she could not find a cure for. She had reached out to every one around her, but no one could help her.

She had spent every thing that she had in order to find a cure; but she didn't get any better. In fact, she grew worse.

But Jesus passed by one day as He was on His way to Jarius' house to help his daughter. This woman heard that Jesus was passing by, and all she knew to do was reach out and touch the hem of His garment; and when she did, she received from the Lord what she needed.


(1)- A Life in which Health was Depleted

Notice this woman's condition. {5:25}- "And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, {26}- And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse."

Here is a life where Health was depleted. She was helpless and hopeless. (We notice 2 things about her problem.

a)- The Misery of her Crippling Disease

Her problem is described as an "issue of blood". This is one Greek word which gives us our English word "hemorrhage". This woman had a internal bleeding problem. Blood was constantly flowing from her body.

In {5:29,34} we are told that this was a "plague". This word "plague" is interesting because it describes a person being whipped. This disease was constantly whipping her to the poin ...


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