"And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace." (Luke 8:48)
Our Savior has crossed the sea of Galilee, once more, and is at Capernaum. The people of this city loved Jesus, and believed in Him. Consequently, Jesus did more recorded miracles in this city than any other place. Faith is the key.
When he returned to Capernaum, the people were waiting. They thronged Him, wanting to gain His attention and help.
Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, comes running to Jesus, to seek His help. His twelve year old daughter is grievously ill, and is dying.
Jesus immediately goes with Jairus to attend to his daughter.
In the crowd that is grabbing and pulling at Jesus, there is a poor, sick woman. She has been to many doctors, and Mark tells us that she has spent everything she had, but is no better. (Mark 5:26)
She has been ill for twelve years! Her condition has made it impossible for her to be around other people. She cannot even attend worship services. Because of the Mosaic law, she is ceremonially unclean. If she were to touch any one, they also would become unclean. She is in dire need of Jesus' help.
This poor soul. She slips up to Jesus from behind Him, and touches the hem of His coat. "Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched." (v. 44)
She believed in Jesus, that He could help her. She trusted that if she could only reach out to Him, and touch Him, she would be healed.
Why did she sneak up on Him? Because she knew that according to the law, she could not touch any one without making them 'unclean'. She would have become an imposition to any one she touched. So, she ventured in faith and desperation, and took a chance for her healing.
Bless her! She was immediately cured!
She is a picture of us. We are sick with a problem that mankind can not fix. We are ceremonially unclean because of our sin. And any one that we touch is the worse for it! We have only one chance for a cure. We must touch Jesus!
Jesus knew immediately that someone had touched Him! The disciples were amazed that Jesus asked, "...Who touched me?..." (v. 45) They said, "...Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?"
Jesus always knows when some one touches Him, who believes in Him!
This poor soul thought that she had done something wrong, and came to Jesus trembling in fear. (v. 47)
But Jesus comforted her, and praised her, for her faith in Him. He sent her home, healed! "...go in peace." (v. 48)
Take a venture, and trust in Jesus. You will never be disappointed because you placed your faith in Him.
From my heart to your heart.