Bible Reading – Luke 8:40-48
Have you ever been at the end of your rope and looking for any hope to grab on to? Have you ever been so desperate for relief that you would try literally anything? I can imagine this is the mindset of the woman in Luke 8. She has suffered from a discharge of blood for over twelve years. She has used all of her resources to find a cure, and nobody could cure her. This is no exaggeration. The Bible says, “though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone.” She is in a place of desperation. She wants to be made well more than anything. She has run out of options, and is looking for any and everything for relief. And then she hears the news. Jesus has come to town!
All of the people were excited to see Jesus, and the crowd was pressing in around Him. This woman, desperate to be healed, gets as close to Jesus as possible, and she reaches out and touches the fringe of His garment. She is instantly healed. Finally, after 12 long years of spending all of her living in search of healing, she has found what she needed in Jesus. In desperation, she believed Jesus could heal her, and after touching Him, she is made well.
But then, something happens that turns her joy into fear. Jesus somehow realizes that someone has touched His garment! With so many people pressing in around Him, Jesus knew that someone had touched Him. His own disciples are even mystified by this. They said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” How did He know? In 8:46, Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” She has been discovered, but rather than hide, she comes forward to confess. She comes in fear, trembling before Jesus, and she bows down before Him. With all the crowd watching how Jesus will respond, the woman tells Jesus how she touched His garment in the hopes of being healed, and that she had been healed instantly. Rather than scolding the woman, or handing her over to authorities to be punished, Jesus says the most compassionate words she has possibly ever heard. Luke 8:48 says, “And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’”
Do you seek Jesus during your times of desperation? Because we know He can do all things, is the first place you turn to when you’re in need? Truthfully, we should always be close to Jesus, so that whenever a need for healing or rescuing comes up, we know exactly where He is. If something serious were to happen at this very moment, would you be confident in prayer to rely on Jesus, or would it be weird for you?
Call to Action: Living in the time we do, we have so much more hope because we have the Gospel in its entirety. We know about the death and resurrection of Jesus, whereas the woman in Luke 8 just knew about Jesus as a healer. We can have so much more confidence because we know Jesus was more than a man; He is the Son of God! Knowing this, we believe by faith that we can come to Him with things too great for this world. We believe that Jesus can defeat any cancer, illness, disease, and even death. Have the peace of Christ in your hearts, knowing that there is nothing too great for Him to handle. Also, another call to action is to stay close to God at all times, good and bad. Our hearts would be broken if our children only came to us when they needed something. Why would we treat our Heavenly Father that way? Spend time with God every day. Make time every day to get alone with God and pray. Be as close to God as you can be. He is our hope and our peace. Fall in love with the God who loves you deeply, and Who graciously give you all things.
Rev. Larkin Sumerlin