Summary: Jesus is here today. Do you know that God is very powerful to change your condition this morning time? If you really have faith in God you can go back changed. Anyone who comes with faith in God will never go unanswered. Have you come this morning with a
Series – Miracles of Jesus
The Touch of FAITH
Scripture: Mark 5:21-43
Introduction: Jesus is here today. Do you know that God is very powerful to change your condition this morning time? If you really have faith in God you can go back changed. Anyone who comes with faith in God will never go unanswered. Have you come this morning with a specific need? The Bible says if you have faith your needs will be met by God.
This morning I want to speak to you from my series Miracles of Jesus and I want to speak to you about the Touch of Faith. Let us read Mark 5:21-43
Brief Introduction: Jesus was going to the house of Jairus. Jairus was the ruler of a synagogue and he was a respected and a rich man. A large crowd followed and pressed around Jesus. Among the crowd was a woman who had the issue bleeding for 12 long years. She tried many treatments which did not work. She touched the cloak of Jesus’ garment and immediately she was healed.
I want you to look at this woman’s condition. She had bleeding for 12 long years.
The problems this woman faced.
1. She had a spiritual problem.
When we read Leviticus 15:19-33 we see any woman who had an issue of blood was declared unclean. Therefore this lady is an unclean lady. She cannot touch anyone or anyone can touch her. She was biblically unclean, doctrinally unclean. The whole society framed her as unclean. I want to bring out a point here. God is telling such people are there in our present day world too. There are many of you who have been rejected by pastors, churches, and Christian leaders. They feel you have a spiritual problem. They have falsely accused you. This morning the spiritual leaders may call you unworthy and unholy, you may be unimportant to them but God wants you. You are accepted by God today.
2. She had a social problem.
This woman could not go out to parties or marriages because of her uncleanliness. Whenever she came near people she had to shout unclean, unclean. People used to look down at her. She could not socialize. She always had a low self esteem and low dignity. She could not walk upright going to the market because she was in shame and people always had something wrong to talk about this woman. She had a social problem. She could not socialize. Today God is seeing some with social problems like this. People are talking bad about you. You cannot lift up your head in the society because of your shameful past. You have done some mistakes and the society is looking at you in that angle. You have made some wrong decisions and people are still taunting you for that. You are in pain, tears, and shame. Child of God, God wants to liberate you today from your shame.
3. She had a financial problem.
The Talmud has more than 11 cures for this particular disease. Some were tonics and astringents but others were superstitious remedies which were very costly. The Bible says she tried all treatment but it did not cure her disease. By now she is financially drained out going to all doctors, all tests, all scans but still no hope or cure for her condition.
Child of God wants to solve your financial problems today. We are all working but money is drained in unwanted hospital bills, constantly in debts. God wants to put a stop to that today.
4. She has a physical problem.
This woman was sick for 12 long years. By now she would have been physically very weak. No blood in her body and she may be taking iron pills. The prolonged and secret sickness has taken the hope and joy out of her life and she is hopeless. You know being sick is very tiresome. Someone who has a flu knows the tiredness he has following his sickness. This woman is sick for 12 years and she is fully tired, without life.
When we see from the woman’s point of view she was spiritually separated from God, socially separated from the community, financially drained, and physically weak. She heard Jesus was passing by. She had no influence to reach and talk to Jesus. Somehow she managed to get into the crowd. When she was near Jesus she touched the cloak of his garment and immediately her bleeding stopped.
What did the woman actually do?
For everyone this the garment of Jesus was a ordinary garment but for this woman it was a point of contact for her faith. It brought forth a miracle.
Now Jesus was a Jew and he wore their traditional clothing including a prayer shawl. When we read Numbers 15:38-40 and Deuteronomy 22:13 God told the Jews to wear fringes or tassels in their clothing. On their prayer shawl 4 tassels were there, one in each corner of the shawl. Jews believed there were 613 commandments of the law. Each tassel had 613 threads which showed the law which represented the words of God, power of God, and the authority of God. When the Jews walk they would see the tassels move which reminded them of God’s promises and blessings.