SCRIPTURE: Luke 8:40-48
40 On the other side of the lake the crowds welcomed Jesus, because they had been waiting for him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with Him to come home with him. 42 His only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying.
As Jesus went with him, He was surrounded by the crowds. 43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. 44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.”
46 But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched Him and that she had been immediately healed. 48 “Daughter,” Jesus said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace!”
Dr. Adrian Rogers referred to this passage as a miracle within a miracle. Dr. Warren Wiersbe points out the contrast between Jairus and the woman with an issue of blood.
VIP, President of the Synagogue Eusebius-A gentile from Caesarea Philippi
Had an obvious need [dying child] Had a hidden need [constant bleeding]
Approached Jesus with confidence Approached Jesus with fear
Experienced 12 years of joy [daughter] Experienced 12 years of suffering
Leader of worship Barred from worship [defiled, unclean]
Man with a name Woman with shame
What a contrast! But they had something in common: They desperately needed Jesus.
Lets give consideration to this woman with the constant flow of blood.
I. SHE WAS DESPERATE.
Mark said, “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 tried everything and spent everything and the results was she was worse, not better. We all know that Jesus should be our first response but usually, He is our last resort. God’s patience with us is incredible.
II. SHE WAS DESTITUTE
Destitution is to be without, to suffer from lack of resources or support. She didn’t have any money, no friends or family that we know of. She had nothing to offer to Jesus. The only thing she could give Him was her problem. God’s grace is amazing. We come to Christ the way the prodigal came to his father, barefoot, busted and broken. We have nothing of real worth; nothing that God needs yet Jesus is known for loving sinners, thank God.
III. SHE WAS DEFILED
The woman has an irregular menstrual cycle. She bleed all the time and obviously, this produces real problems.
- Hindered her from having a husband or family.
- It sapped her of energy and put her in a survival mode.
- It made her ceremonially unclean. She could not attend worship. By Jewish law, she was not to be in public.
IV. SHE WAS DISCOURAGED
To discourage is to deprive of courage or confidence. When people want to destroy your courage, they begin by working on your confidence. This woman’s confidence was very low. She basically slipped up behind Jesus who was walking in the midst of crowd of people on their way to visit a VIP. She worked her way into the enter circle and then went to the ground crawling until she was in arms length and then she reached desperately and touched the tassel on the fringe of Jesus outer garment. She believed that if she could touch Jesus garment, she would be healed.
This was a bold step on her part and she did her best not to be noticed. She was violating the Jewish law by being in the crowd and touching a clean person was a further violation; so she was nervous and for good reason. Have you ever participated in some illegal and had that extra anxiety of being caught?
Her mission was a success until Jesus just stopped dead in His tracks and said, “Who touched me?” There was a moment silence and Peter couldn’t stand it, he blurted out, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.” Jesus responded, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” More silence as Jesus scans the audience and then the woman, feeling the scrutiny of the all seeing eyes of Jesus came to Jesus trembling and fell at his feet. She explained her reasons and everyone heard her. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well, go in peace!”
I think it was Augustine who said, “Jesus loves each of us as if there is only one of us.” This is a great story about the power, the compassion and love of Jesus. The good news is: He loves you just like He did this woman and all his followers. His love for you is as real as it was for this woman:
- Confess your faith in Jesus publically. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t hide in the crowd.
- Upon your open confession; Jesus will give you assurance and peace.