Mark 5:25-34

During the season of Lent our devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s writer is Joann Welton.

Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.

Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it.

But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Mark 5:25-34

What a difficult life this poor women had, until she met and trusted in the healing power of Jesus. She had an illness that caused her to hemorrhage for 12 years and no doctors had been able to help her. Today, that would have been uncomfortable, but in Jesus’ day it was so much more – she was an outcast.

According to the laws of the day (Leviticus 15: 19-29), she was unclean and anyone or anything that she touched was unclean. Her life must have been terrible – so lonely.

So, it was out of desperation that she boldly reached out and touched Jesus hoping, beyond hope, that He could heal her.

Many people had no doubt touched Jesus’ robe on that day, but even Jesus understood that this was something special. So He stopped, listened to her story, and then confirmed that it was her faith that had made her well.

When our lives become overwhelming, we too need to stop, pray, and have faith, in Jesus’ ability to heal the broken places of our lives.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, Jesus is the healer of our souls. Help us to listen to our hearts and trust that no problem is too great, if we truly believe in Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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One Response to “Mark 5:25-34”

  1. Carolee Says:

    Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He healed then and he can heal just the same today.

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