Friday, January 30, 2009

Jesus the healer

Mark 5: 24-34
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
"You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?' "
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
I can't even begin to count how many times I have heard this message preached in my lifetime. The Lord really showed me somethings in this passage that I haven't ever seen before.
Everyone always talks about "The woman with the issue of blood". She had not only been bleeding for 12 years but the word says that she had suffered a great deal under physicians care and that she spent all that she had. I think about this and think about how bad people can take advantage of people that are desperate. This lady had been so taken advantage of for so long. In those days if you were bleeding you couldn't go around people because you were "unclean". So I see her not being able to go to the grocery store, have coffee with her girlfriends, take her kids to school. Her whole life became isolated to just her home and doctor's offices. Can you imagine the despair in her heart? The depression that would set in?
The great thing is she heard of Jesus. Faith sparked in her heart. You see when you have lost everything you have nothing to loose. So she put it all on the line to go just try and touch this Jesus. I see her on the street desperately looking for Him. Knowing if someone sees her in the public that she would surely be punished. Her heart must have been racing....but the chance of hope that stood before her was greater than the risk that she was taking.
In my mind I see her eyes finally spotting him, and with all the people around that she could have mistaken for Jesus I believe her heart immediately knew that, that man was her saviour. "That is the very person that will heal me to the uttermost."
I love that in this text it says immediately her blood flow stopped and she knew that she was healed from her suffering. This is the thing about Jesus I just love. He felt the power leave Him. He knew that someone was just healed. See that wasn't enough for Him. He didn't want this woman to just receive her miracle with out seeing the face of God. He wanted her to see the love and compassion in His eyes. I believe He wanted her to leave there knowing that He wasn't like everyone else that had judged her and taken advantage of her. He was a loving compassionate God. Then he tells her be freed of your suffering.
You see it isn't enough for God to just give you what you have been praying for. He wants you to live a full wonderful life. He doesn't want to fall short at just your miracle. Jesus wants you live a full wonderful life. Life to the fullest!
Come to Jesus with this in your heart
1. That He will answer your prayer
2. That He doesn't just want to fix the problem you are in, but He wants to fix your heart and all of the things that have held you back in life.
Blessings on you all! I pray that this has helped you! Please if you need someone to stand with you to get your miracle leave a comment and let me know! I would love to get in contact with you and help you stand for your answer to not just your problem, but for the life that Jesus wants you to live!!
Crystal Sparks


Jennifer said...

Great post! He does want to change our lives and give us true freedom. He is so good ALL of the time.



Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

How nice to meet another fellow Christian! There are many of us out there in blogland. Thanks for stopping by my blog & I hope you'll come back often!

Lindsey said...

Great post and great blog!!

Barb said...

That was beautiful!
I love your insites into this woman's story, and am always amazed at how we can learn new things every time we are in His word.

I love your ministry of wanting to touch peoples lives, and stand with them.
that's what it's all about.

Thank you for coming by for a visit.

Blessings as you follow and grow in Him.

Barbara Jean

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