Mark 5:25. And a certain woman , which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26. and had suffered many things from many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and nothing was better, 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 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?
Good Monday morning and hope and trust you are all doing very well. The story of Jesus healing the woman afflicted with the issue of blood is so timeless and carries much spiritual meaning for us beyond the good ending of the story that the woman was healed of her affliction. This woman had suffered a long time with the condition and as many can identify today she had spent a great deal of time and her money seeking the help of the physicians of the day and had not had any positive outcome.
But this woman was about to meet the Great Physician who was, and is, able. She is identified as a “certain woman” so there is a distinction between this woman and others around her. She had heard of Christ and probably the stories of His miraculous healing on the afflicted. Now she is drawn to seek Him. She’s never seen Him before, nor heard Him preach, nor by the account has had any direct contact with Him. Yet, she goes to seek Him out and knows that if she can but touch His garment she would have an answer to her needs and prayers. Whether she had met Jesus or heard Him speak before is minor compared to what she is about to experience. But this woman had to make this effort based on a faith and a deep desire to have the Lord work His grace upon her. If she could only touch His garment she would be made whole! What a testimony to have and for us to consider.
Today we may not be able to reach out and touch His garment, but we can be touched by the Great Physician’s hand. This woman had sought the help of the day but now she had the true help of all healing grace. The woman must have become greatly discouraged over time as she had suffered twelve years with the sickness and had struggled with not finding the help she needed. Her faith would have been drained and especially at that time, for consider it, she did not have the Good News as we do today. It was just becoming known and proclaimed. The Saviour had come and He brought this good News of the Gospel to those who sat under the shadow of death and did not have the expectation of Hope as we do today. He was still the Saviour and will deliver all in the last day, but to not have that light of the Gospel to augment our life would be difficult to live without knowing what we know and have experienced under this dispensation of Christ. It is good news to the hungry soul and cool water in a dry and thirsty land. May we always be thankful for His grace upon us and remember how much He has blessed us and continues to do so each day.
God bless and keep you this day and may you be lifted up in His truth and the Joy of His salvation.