While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
I read this last night, not looking for a blog post or hidden message, (which is how I find a lot of my material), and suddenly this verse, –which I’d read dozens of times– sprang out at me. Once you’ve seen this, you’ll never see this passage the same way.
Here We Go!
Yesterday, we looked at a centurion who had such great faith that he believed a single word from Jesus would heal his servant, “but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (Matthew 8:8) Today, we see a man who does not have as much faith as this Roman centurion, maybe it is because this is not a servant he needs healed, but a daughter; and it is more than just a severe illness. This man’s daughter is dead. On the one hand, this man is expressing GREAT faith in Jesus that he would consider Him as having power over death! Yet, on the other hand, he felt Jesus needed to be physically, tangibly present in his place of need for his miracle to take place.
- The centurion said: just a word
- The rich man said: just a touch
- The centurion said: “I believe”
- The rich man said: “show me”
- The centurion said: “I am not worthy for you to come to my house”
- The rich man said: “come and resurrect my daughter”
These two men had vey different levels of faith, but they both had faith that God would supply their need according to His riches in Christ Jesus. And, according to Scripture, the centurion’s servant was healed, the rich man’s daughter was raised to life again. Both men received their miracles when they asked God for them. But let’s look at someone who seems to be a bystander in all of this: an old woman with a 12-year-old blood disease.
This is the Exciting Part!
As she saw Jesus pass by, (He wasn’t traveling to heal her; she was not the destination for a miracle), she reached out her hand to touch His garment. Her faith was such that if she could only touch the glory of God she would be healed. She believed there was healing in the person and the presence of Jesus Christ. He did not have to speak for her to believe. He did not have to touch her, but if she could only touch Him she would be healed. Now, after she touches His garment, He turns. He tells the woman, making very clear her actions did not bring about her healing, but her faith. Great faith precedes great moving of God!
The wonderful part of this healing is that it happened on the way to a miracle. Jesus was on His way to raise the dead, yet as He passed by, this woman was aware of who He was and what He could do. She reached out in faith as Jesus passed by, and her miracle was given her. You may not be the destination of a miracle. You may not be the target of a blessing, but if you are still enough to realize when God is passing by on His way to do for others, you can take part in their blessing and their miracle. Your faith makes you whole. Believing makes you whole.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist