Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sick and tired of being so sick and tired

This is certainly one of the most dramatic stories of healing that we have studied. I believe that there are some key concepts that we can learn here . . .

When we suffer, we become much more eager to get close to Jesus. This woman had endured twelve years of loneliness, and twelve years of ill health. Twelve years of doctors "bleeding" her of all her money. Still every cup she touched, every chair she sat in, was a source of defilement for other people. Perhaps in the beginning, people cared about her health, and they felt sorry about it and may even have tried to take care of her . . . but after a while, they probably stopped and she was so very alone. Sick and tired, with the loss of blood making her weak. So tired of being sick, and tired. She was drawn by her suffering to try to get close to Him; her faith told her if only she could touch his garment, she would be healed. So, in desperation, she did all she had to do, to touch Him.

Isn't this true in our lives today? When our health takes a nosedive, or when our relationships are in the tank, or perhaps our finances or job are so stressful that we are filled with dread and depression, we find ourselves truly suffering. Things like these issues can strip away all of the shallow concerns and the unimportant "stuff" and make us realize what is really important. And that serves to draw us closer to Him; we see our needs and we want a more personal walk with Christ Jesus. That's when we reach out to Him.

Another key to this passage is that Jesus gives us exactly what we need. In our story, He gave the unnamed woman just what she needed -- it was as if He brought her back to life. Let me explain what I mean.
She had already been blessed with healing. Her bleeding had stopped. He went one step further. Here He was, walking along with the religious leader of the town, and He called attention to this everyday woman. Why?  He chose to turn a spotlight, as it were, on this woman who probably wanted to just slip away and get home as quickly as possible. I'm certain that she didn't want any extra attention, or to have to speak in public. But Jesus had something more in mind.

He had already taken care of her physical problem. But now He wanted to take care of what had driven her to the desperate act of pushing through the crowd and touching Him. He wanted to heal her "uncleanness."  The isolation, the loneliness, and the spiritual death that she had lived with for twelve years -- that was really what had ruined her life. So Jesus publicly called attention to her healing, and gave her back her life: everybody now would know that she had been healed. They wouldn't need to "hear it through the grapevine." They wouldn't need to be told when they went to the well for water. They knew that she was healed. And it was safe to touch her now. It was safe to be with her.

Christ does this in our lives today, doesn't He? He changes our lives from the inside out! He heals us in a way that makes other people know that we're OK to be around, now. Are we arrogant? Full of pride? Addicted to sexual sins? Addicted to drugs or alcohol? Are we ill tempered? Unkind?

                And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you 
                were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus
                Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (I Corinthians 6:11, NIV)

Once we believe in Jesus and repent of our sins, He can take our damaged lives and heal our souls. And the change in us is so evident that people will know that we are "safe" to be around.

                Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things
                 are passed away; behold all things are become new. (II Corinthians
                 5:17, KJV)

Praise be to Jesus . . .

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
(Psalm 103:1-5)


Belinda said...

Bless her heart! I'm sure she prayed all those twelve long years for healing. How wonderful it is to finally have prayers answered in a way that we can see and feel. For God to say "Yes, my child." And sometimes it's even good to hear "No, my child. That is not what my will is for you." Because no matter what He says, He is right and good and His will is perfect.

I wish I had the great faith of this woman. Believing in her whole being that just touching his garment....HIS GARMENT!!!...would heal her. And our wonderful precious Savior going even further than a simple healing of her body. Making her life better emotionally as well as physically. What a Savior!!!

Austin Towers said...

I have just read all three parts of this week's study and have been so blessed by it as much needed. Particularly the bit where one experiences the "aloneness" of sickness! Not necessarily because people don't care but because of the form the sickness takes! This woman exhibited such tremendous faith, but she was so simple in her approach to Jesus! Such a lesson for us here! Thanks Jacque xx

Katie Isabella said...

OH as I mentioned before, this is one of the many favorite parts of the Bible for me. I love it. I lift my arms up as far as they will stretch each time I pray for my oldest son to please have healing. For myself as well. I reach upward trying to touch His garment. I do it so many times. Maybe one day...I WILL.