Summary: In this message I am going to talk about a woman who touched Jesus where the ribbon of blue hung from His garment, the symbolism behind it, and the powerful message of grace it conveys.
A Ribbon of Blue
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree...
Colors from time immemorial have conveyed messages. Red is danger, yellow is caution, green is go. For the Jews, purple is royalty and blue symbolizes keeping the commandments.
In this message I am going to talk about a woman who touched Jesus where the ribbon of blue hung from His garment, the symbolism behind it and the powerful message of grace it conveys.
Mt 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind [him], and touched the hem of his garment:
Mt 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
The bible is a book with many layers, you peel one back, and you will find something still wonderful in the next one down.
There are a lot of parts of this story that many of you have heard sermons about, and I will not duplicate those messages today, I want to peel back the story and show you a hidden gem.
If you don't know the story, this is about a woman who was very ill for twelve years, saw every doctor she could, and took every quacks cure there was available, and nothing helped. She hears about Jesus and makes a herculean attempt to get near Him, thinking that if she could but touch His clothes she would get better. She did touch His clothes, and she did get better.
Our text is an interesting one, it points out where she touched him on His clothing, KJV says the hem, let me read it in another version
Mt 9:20 And behold, a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak;
Mt 9:21 for she was saying to herself, "If I only touch His garment, I shall get well." (NAS)
NAS declares it to be the fringe of His cloak, there is something very interesting about the fringes of the clothing Jews wore, so this morning I want to talk about:
Touching the hem of HIS garment.
I am going to get there circuituitisly. I want to start in John 15:7
John 15:7 "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you"
Here is how some people translate that verse, ask and it shall be done.
More devout believers will translate it this way, if you are a saved believer ask and it will be done.
What the text actually says is that we must be a Christian in whom the word of God is making a difference in the way we live and then if we ask we will receive.
First I want you to note, that we must hear Jesus speak if we expect Him to hear us speak. (Spurgeon) If you want the ask what you will part, you have to first be hearing God's words to you, before He will hear your words to Him.
Secondly, what is heard must remain, must live in us, and must abide in our character as a force and a power. We must receive the truths which Jesus taught, the precepts which He issued, and the movements of His Spirit within us; or we shall have limited power at the mercy-seat. It is not simply that we have heard Him, but that we put in practice what He has taught us.