Summary: The woman was healed to teach about on going faith!
Let us worship our God now by listening to His sacred Word, the story of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Mark. Open your Bibles to Mark 5…………… Let us read and listen carefully to what our Creator God wants to tell us; Mark 5:21-34……….
Today, we will focus on the healed woman. We will come back to Jairus and his daughter next week. Now in order to better understand what happened with the healed woman and what we need to learn from it, we need to grasp the details. We must always read God’s Word in context of the passage, in context of the chapter, in context of the book, and in context with the whole Bible! God will not contradict himself in His Word; on the contrary, God explains Himself in the entire Bible!
v21-24: Jesus is now well known and there were always a crowd pressing on Him. Now, from v25-26, what can we say about the woman??
The woman should have been dead already! She had a messy incurable disease, had nothing, and was in agony! Now, we don’t know her background but this woman was in so much pain and in need. Does God, did Jesus Christ, knew this woman and her needs??
Hebrews 4:13 tells us, Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Nothing is hidden from God! God knows every person and every single thing about a person!
God and Jesus Christ knew exactly who the woman and her situation! Hebrews 4:13
Now look again at v27-28…
What can we say what she heard about Jesus??
• Jesus was going to be there!
• Jesus has power to heal!
• Jesus is God (all she had to do was touch His clothes)!
Lets briefly ponder about the situation: There was a crowd and Jesus was being touched by all sorts of people, but Jesus knew exactly who this woman was and her intent. Likely there were many people touching Jesus wanting something! Why do you think Jesus healed her??
The answer is in v34… Jesus was again teaching about faith!
We already noted that Jesus Christ is God and He knows every person! But yet….
v30-32: Why did Jesus stop to find out who the woman was??
Since Jesus was again teaching about faith, Jesus was looking for a personal confession from the woman! Faith requires a response!
And so we note in v33-34: Jesus did not tell the woman what healed her until she confessed and humbled herself before the Lord.
Here’s what Luke 8:47-48 states: Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
Jesus called the woman “daughter” and wished her peace and continued healing! Do we desire to be called a child of God; to have peace and continued healing?
What can we learn from the woman??
1. She found out where Jesus was and went there!
Do we know where Jesus is and desire to be beside Him?
2. She believed Jesus is God and has power to heal!
Do we believe that Jesus Christ is our only God and Savior?
3. In spite of her pain, she did her best to reach and touch Jesus!
How hard are we trying in reaching out and touching Jesus on a daily basis?
4. She confessed and humbled herself before Jesus!
How is our humility before Jesus Christ?
Before we pause to pray and do communion, we need to make a note of what Jesus meant with His last words to the woman. Jesus told her “Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Did Jesus assure her of salvation from her sins??
Did Jesus assure her that she will always have peace and no suffering??
So, what did Jesus mean with His final words to her?
Jesus has not yet died for her sins and so she was instructed to “go” (to continue in peace); i.e. to continue faith in Jesus Christ in her life!
We too must continue our faith in Jesus Christ in everything till we go to heaven!
Faith in Jesus Christ requires a response and continued action till we get to heaven. God’s word for this is sanctification, being changed and conformed to who God is! How are we personally doing in our sanctification process?