Summary: Jesus has the spoken authority over death, disease and every other aspect of life. So why do we hesitate seeking his face?
Jesus Healing the Woman with the Issue of Blood
Introduction: This morning we are going to take a look at one of the better known examples of where Jesus heals a woman and next week we will see him restore life to a young girl.
Attention: Notice please as Jesus responds in these passages that there is not a moment’s hesitation in his actions. That is the way he answers your prayers today. He does not need to think about it or look it up in a book or consult a crystal ball. Your already knows your request and loves you. He grants those prayers that are within the Father’s will and does not waste time.
Today we will look at this passage we will see the entire story as it happened not just using part of it as an illustration. Let’s read:
Luke 8:43-48 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 said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ’Who touched Me?’ " 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; your faith has made you well. Go in peace." (NKJV)
Need: Every believer needs to recognize that Jesus has ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH. Too many believers forget that small part of a verse and feel that he does not or cannot answer their prayer. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Interrogative: So let me ask this morning’s question: A friend of mine several years ago said that her daughter had liver cancer and that she was going through treatment for years. I remember thinking to myself, that’s a waste of time – everyone who gets liver cancer dies. You liver filters all your blood and soon all your blood is tainted and the cancer will spread. Although the facts are real and verifiable and the daughter did die, was that the best show of my faith in God?
Transition: So we keep the two stories clear I will put the passage for the little girl together and the woman alone and treat them like that rather than break the one up. So today let’s go to verse 43 and next week we will come back to verse 40. Our text this morning suggests five things that could help you in your understanding of the Lord’s power, authority and love for his followers.
1. Believers wait too long to come to Jesus
Explanation: This woman had been bleeding for 12 years. She spent all her money on doctors. I do not see a mention of her going to the priests for prayer. I see no spiritual activity at all until this passage. We know she had faith and knowledge of God and Jesus, because she knew to try to get near him.
Illustration: One day a young man moved into a cave to study with a Wiseman. He hoped to learn everything there was to know. After giving his student a stack of books, the Wiseman sprinkled itching powder on his student’s hand and left. Every morning the wise man returned to the cave to monitor his student’s progress. "Have you learned everything there is to know yet?" the Wiseman asked. And every morning his student said, "No, I haven’t." Then the Wiseman would sprinkle itching powder on the student’s hand and leave. This was repeated for months. But one day, as the Wiseman entered the cave the student took the bag of itching powder and tossed it into the fire. "Congratulations!" said the Wiseman. "You’ve graduated. You’ve learned you don’t have to know everything to do something positive. And you’ve learned how to take control over your life and stop the itching." Today in the Word, May 1, 1992.
Argumentation: Frequently believers see a situation and fail to pray, seek help, tell anyone and that list can go on forever.
Application: Do you have any medical, social, economic, emotional or psychological issues and have failed to seek help? You think they will cure themselves? Think again.
Transition: It is within your ability and responsibility to take care of you! Do you? We can see “Believers wait too long to come to Jesus.”