Twelve long years had passed since the nightmare began. Like a photograph that she could not expunge from her mind, that first day the hemorrhaging began weighed heavily in her mind. Not only had it terminated the job she loved so much, it then proceeded to slowly devour all her money and possessions until everything she owned was gone. The promises of healing by those greedy ‘doctors’ disappeared like dew on a sidewalk on a hot summer morning. She ~ “…had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse” (Mark 5.26).
Breaking the Grip of Fear
However, a few weeks ago, a certain preacher had come to town, and she felt something new in her heart as she listened to him. At first, she wasn’t sure what exactly it was. Was it as dream? Gradually, she discerned that what she felt in her heart as the teacher quoted scripture verses from the Bible was ‘faith,’ real faith that was bubbling over in power. ‘That’ was the best way she could describe it. It was the kind of faith that only the word of God can produce when it is breathed by the Holy Spirit. As she continued to listen, the tiny leaf of faith began to grow little by little, day by day. Hours turned to days, days to weeks, and weeks to months as she followed the preacher from town to town, devouring every word that fell from his lips. Fear had lost its grip on her heart, and now, finally, the day had come. She knew somewhere deep down inside that tomorrow she would do what the Holy Spirit had been telling her to do. She would reach out touch the preacher.
Putting the Message into Practice
Somehow, she realized that simple touch with an extended hand of Jesus would heal her and set her free from all of her suffering and tears. ~ “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, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well” (Luke 8.43,44; Mark 5.28). Remembering, she had heard the preacher say that faith would grow like a seed, if she planted the seed into her heart by speaking1 God’s promise in faith. Last night, she had meditated so much on the preacher’s message that the word of God was now ringing through her mind, through her soul and into her spirit over and over again like a giant church bell. ~ “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11.23).
Receiving from Jesus
A week had passed since she began putting into practice what the young preacher from Galilee had spoken; she began slowly to speak her faith, saying in a low tone of voice… ~ “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well” (Mark 5.28). It was all she could think about, and she knew that God had begun in her the working of a miracle that would heal her body and afford her a new life of faith and hope. She had woken up and left her room early that morning, just as the Holy Spirit had spoken. Now she found the exact place where the Spirit directed her to stand and to wait for Jesus. Slowly, the sun began to burn through the cold gray clouds in the eastern sky as the crowds began to form, and she kept her mind firmly on the promises of God, repeating the words — “he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11.23) — and she kept whispering under her breath — “… ~ “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well” (Mark 5.28). As the multitude surrounded her, Jesus drew closer. She felt the dust rise and begin to fill her eyes.
The Moment of Power
The nauseating scent of sweat and stale perfume from the multitude of the people as they struggled with the apostles, trying frantically to get close enough to Jesus to touch Him, almost brought her to her knees. Now was the moment. She sensed the Holy Spirit ‘push’ her to her feet… ~ “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years…came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. 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?’” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 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. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace” (Luke 8.43-48).
Faith Always Receives
This story has been repeated thousands of times in every country where the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached. There are many to this day who say… ‘If only Jesus were here, so that I could touch Him with my hands, then I would be healed.’ However, just as the woman with hemorrhage of blood demonstrated, there were many people that day who touched Jesus with their hands, but they did not receive anything. Even though two thousand years have passed, the only way to touch Jesus and receive your miracle hasn’t changed. It is not the touch of the flesh that receives healing, but the touch of faith. This daughter of God received her healing, while the others returned home sick, because unlike the others, she reached out and touched Jesus with the hand of faith, and the hand of faith always receives from God. You don’t have to touch Jesus with your hands — you can touch Him right now from where you are with the touch of faith.
The Touch of Faith
Some think that it was the touch of Jesus that healed the crowds, but it wasn’t in His touch; it was in His words, in the words He preached that faith was ministered into the hearts of those who heard Him. And they are healed by faith. As is abundantly clear in this case, Jesus didn’t even know who had touched Him, or what had happened. All He knew was that He had sensed that ‘divine power’ had gone out of Him. And then He turned and explained to the crowd that the power of God had gone out of Him and healed this mighty woman of faith because she believed. Then He turned once more to the woman whose eyes were now filled with tears of joy and gratitude, and said — “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well.”
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?’” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.”
1. Romans 10.8
© L. Jonathan Blais 2021 All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.