“…Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around Him. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind Him through the crowd and touched His robe. For she thought to herself, ‘If I can just touch His robe, I will be healed.’ Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from Him, so He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my robe?‘ His disciples said to Him, ‘Look at this crowd pressing around You. How can You ask, ‘Who touched Me?’ But He kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of Him and told Him what she had done. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” Mark 5:24-34 (NLT)
The crowd stopped abruptly, causing dust to awaken from the ground. Awkward silence. Why was the leader stopping? He was on His way to heal a little girl. This large crowd was following Him to watch. But He stopped.
“Who touched my robe?” He said.
What a ridiculous question! There were people pressing in all around Him. A lot of people were touching Him. Some of His followers echoed the thoughts of everyone who was watching: “You see the people crowding against You, and Yet You can ask, ‘Who touched Me?'”
Yes, in fact, a crowd was pressing against Him. But someone had reached out and touched Him IN FAITH. There was a difference. It was such a profound difference that Jesus stopped in His tracks. Where was this woman? He wanted to look her in her eyes. The woman had touched Him for healing. She was, in fact, healed. She knew it. Jesus knew it. Why make the little dying girl wait any longer for her miracle?
Jesus wanted this woman to know He saw her. He loved her. She was not just part of the crowd to Him. She was now His daughter. The trembling woman fell at His feet and told Him everything. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
We should take notice that the crowd around Him had access to His loving power, but only ONE was reaching out in faith. Only ONE acted out her belief that Jesus could bring healing into HER OWN life. The others would follow Him around, a tightly balled up group, to watch Him heal OTHERS. That was safe enough. But only ONE reached out to touch His robe. She thought, “If I only touch His clothes, I WILL be healed.” She didn’t think, “I might be healed,” or “I hope I’m healed.” No, “I WILL be healed.” Just give me a little bit of Jesus, just the edge of His robe, and I know there will be miracles in my life. Beautiful!
This begs the questions in our own lives: Are we in the crowd? Or are we the woman reaching out to Jesus? Are we content spending most of our lives pressing in close to Jesus, following His teachings and standing back to watch Him work in others’ lives? Don’t get me wrong, pressing in to Jesus is a good place to be. Following His steps in obedience is where He desires our hearts to reside.
BUT, He gives us a spirit that hungers for MORE. Because there IS more. Scripture says when the woman touched Him, He felt power had ‘gone out from Him.’ Literally, healing and love was ready to pour out onto anyone in the crowd who dared to reach out and touch Him in faith…just TOUCH Him.
What holds us back from reaching out and grabbing hold of His robe? It can be hard to believe that God wants to heal all areas of our lives. It can be hard to believe that the Creator of the Universe would take notice of us and say, “Who touched Me?”, when we reach out. I believe that, if you are reading this, there is something God is asking you to believe He will do for you.
God is asking you to shove your hand through your crowded, complicated life and grab hold of His clothes. It is time. God wants to do miracles in your life.
Let’s not be spectators anymore! Let’s be the woman Jesus is seeking out in a crowd and hear Him say, “Daughter your faith has made you well.. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
Help me to lay down the things that stop me from reaching out to touch your robe in faith. I want your power in my life. I believe I am your daughter. I want more of You. Teach me to trust that You are always Good. Amen.
by Jenna Masters.