We see the faith of a woman lead to her being healed. While we see a physical healing, it is important to see the cultural healing that Christ gives her. As someone who would have been removed and treated as less than, Christ held her up as an example and restored her. As more and more women in our culture own their story of being treated as ‘less than’ (#metoo movement), the church has an opportunity to restore and uplift women.
So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
~ Mark 5:24-34
As humans, we tend to divide ourselves into groups. While it is important to celebrate the differences the make each of us unique, it is important to never forget that there is ONE Savior of the world FOR ALL. This three-week series will look at Mark 5 and see how Jesus specifically encounters and engages with every man, woman, and child.