HOST: Michael Whitworth
And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Faith is one of the great cornerstones of our salvation; without it, we cannot be pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6). While the gospels give us a clear picture of the rejection and ridicule Jesus faced at the hands of His enemies, they also show us many great examples of faith. Miraculous healings were no more common in the days of Jesus than they are in our day. The woman at the center of this story had suffered from a condition for many years and had exhausted all medical options available to her. She was, for all practical purposes, incurable. But she had faith! So much faith, in fact, that she believed just touching the hem of Jesus' garment would provide the healing she so desperately needed. She wasn't looking for some great display of Jesus' power, no impressive speech, no awe-inspiring demonstration—just the simple touch of her hand to the cloth of His garment. She believed that would be enough, and she was right! She was healed through Jesus' power, but He reveals that it was, in fact, her faith that had made her well. What a great and powerful example of faith!
How can we demonstrate our faith in Jesus today?
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