Summary: Knowing who you are in Christ
Throughout life we go through issues, we have obstacles, we have situations that try to hold us back from progressing, from pursuing, from excelling, and this happens to most if not all people of every ethnicity, every race every background. Tonight if we are honest in life we have had our share of obstacles and now we are in the latter years and somehow serving God feels as if there is a force or a strategy from hell trying to hold us back from touching God. Now I don’t want you to get me confused, sometimes it is Satan that does these things but there are other times that it can certainly be the one we look at everyday in the mirror that can make life more difficult than what is has to be.
Tonight we want to take a look at scripture that speaks to us of the opposition, the obstacles that tried to keep a woman from obtaining her healing, but she fought through the opposition, she fought through the blockage to touch just as much as the hem of the garment of Jesus Christ to obtain her healing.
40 So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him. 41 And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. 43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him[f] said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”[g]
46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer;[h] your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
The first thing we want to look at is that the bible tells us that the multitudes thronged at Jesus, as we may know every time we read the bible we here of thousands coming to hear the Messiah speak, thousands gathering together to see what miracles they can either see or receive, so we look at the possibility of maybe hundreds possibly thousands thronging at Jesus Christ.
This alone is an obstacle, we have a woman here with a flow of blood, that tried everything under the sun and was disappointed time and time again, now she hears of this Jesus and wants her healing but she has to go through the multitudes to get to Jesus.
This can readily be some of us sometimes, we want more of Jesus, we are striving to lay a hold of Christ, but there may be some things that are in the way, many things:
1. Past regrets
5. Lies from Hell
6. Bad decisions
These are just a few of the many things that could be the multitude that are in the way of us touching the very hem of the garment of Jesus tonight. You beloved you want healing, you want to be set free of any infirmity, you want to be set free tonight, you cannot allow the multitude of your past get in the way of you touching Jesus.
If we look at our scripture tonight the bible tells us that the multitudes thronged at him, many were touching Jesus, many were around him, many were close to him but I dare say they did it as a show, because I’m pretty sure the woman with the issue of blood wasn’t the only one with an issue yet she was the only one at that moment that received her healing.
‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
I could image the seen, people proclaiming Jesus as the Christ, many calling out His name saying that He is the healing, the good teacher, many probably crying saying Jesus heal me I know You can. Many profess they want to know Jesus more, many put on a show like some of the multitudes did but the only one at that very moment that manifested the fruit of faith was the woman who was desperate for her healing. She was desperate for her portion, listen everyone we don’t have enough time.