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Who Touched Me? A Story of True Faith in Jesus

Mark 5:26,27 – “And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

This account in Gospel of Mark of this poor woman is only a side note, a diversion, from the main story Mark is telling. Let us first see the full account in verses 21-34:

21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. 22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. 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, 27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

So here we find Jesus on the way to visit a man’s dying daughter when he starts getting thronged by a mob. Picture all of the crowds lining up to touch a superstar of sports or entertainment. Picture all of these people putting their hands all over the famous person. Imagine there are hundreds of hands pressing all over Jesus.

Now comes a woman, a sick woman. She is at the end of her rope, her wits end. She has had some hemorrhaging disease for 12 years. She has spent all she has visiting various ‘physicians' trying to find a magic cure. Despite exhausting all of her financial resources in worthless remedies, she is worse now than ever before...only now she is completely broke.

She hears about Jesus and is drawn to Him. She doesn’t just want to touch a famous person, she want to be healed. Her faith in Him is so great, that she knows she has but to touch the hem of His garment to be made well. So she sneaks in the press (the crowd of people pressing in on Jesus) and just touched her garment. Instantly she felt in her body that the illness that had plagued her these long twelve years was now miraculously gone.

Immediately, Jesus felt and knew that virtue or power had gone out of Him. So He turns around and says, “Who touched My clothes?” Can you not just see the puzzled look on the faces of His disciples as they say in a puzzled tone, ‘…you see this multitude thronging you and you want to know who touched your clothes?’ They must have thought He had gone mad.

The real question we need to ask ourselves is, ‘why was this one woman the only one that received this healing virtue from Jesus?’ Why not all of the others that were thronging Him? She touched Jesus in True Faith and was not just following the Crowd. She was broken and knew Jesus was the only way. 

I  believe that this represents the lukewarm church in the last days as well. There will be many people in that day that think they are saved but instead will hear those fearful words Jesus spoke in Matthew 7:23, "Depart from Me I never knew you."

So many people today are just playing church and really do not know the Lord Jesus.  This is why we are challenged repeatedly in Scripture to make our calling and election sure.  Note the following:

2 Peter 1:10a "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure"

2 Corinthians 13:5a "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves."


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