My sweet readers, how I revel in the opportunity to share words with you. Thank you for stopping by. Your visit warms my heart.
At the beginning of the year I decided to start reading through the New Testament. I laid every reading plan aside and set one goal: to absorb the way Jesus loves others.
The other day, I landed on one of my favorite passages. It’s an incredible example of Jesus’ love for us. You won’t find it with a special heading. In fact, it’s tucked in the middle of another story.
It’s about a woman who bled nonstop for 12 years and it’s found in Mark 5.
Before we get to the passage, let’s take a look at what is happening. Jesus has just crossed the lake in a boat. He is now standing on the shore where crowds of people are gathering around Him. Jarius, a leader in the synagogue arrives. When Jarius sees Jesus, he falls at His feet and begins pleading with Jesus to heal his daughter. Jarius says, “my daughter is dying.”
Jesus begins walking to Jarius’ home where the little girl is. The people follow and crowd around Jesus as He makes His way.
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. Mark 5:25-29 (emphasis mine)
Did you catch that? Immediately the bleeding stopped. When I read the word, immediately, something inside me shifts. This lady doesn’t know Jesus personally. She just knows He has the power to heal. She is exhausted from 12 years of anguish; from 12 years of being considered “unclean.” She has no money – nothing to give, just hope that the Man who is healing others, will heal her.
And, He does!
Maybe you know Jesus personally. Maybe you have only heard about Him. But like the woman in our passage, have you experienced wanting change, but feeling powerless to do something? Has the weight of a burden set on your heart for far too long? Maybe you are in these places now.
The woman in our passage reached out in faith to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed.
Today, I ask you, “what do you need to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment for?”
Could it be an illness? A conflict? Your finances? A struggle you’ve hidden for years? A loved one you no longer have contact with?
No matter what your burden is, you matter! Please hear that today.
If shame is lying to you and saying you can’t approach Jesus. It’s wrong.
If a person says you can’t approach Jesus. Their wrong.
If you think you need to be in a church to approach Jesus. You don’t.
You know what? I believe with all my heart Jesus is looking at you right now and saying, “come – come as you are – wait no longer – I want you.”
He doesn’t expect you to get dressed up. He doesn’t need you to speak a certain way or hang out with certain people. He cares about you just the way you are!
If something came to your mind as soon as you read the question above, chances are Jesus is speaking to you.
Let me suggest you find a place to be alone with Him. Turn off the noises; social media; texting; etc. If you have a Bible you might want to grab it. Maybe even a journal, but if you don’t – don’t worry. Those things aren’t needed to approach Jesus. They can just be helpful. Lay aside any notion that you have to speak a certain way; just pour your heart out to Him. Tell Him everything: what you need; what you want; what you feel you can’t do. Leave nothing out.
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
I’m not promising you immediate results. But, if you’ll reach out like the bleeding woman did, He will respond! If He feels silent at first, keep touching. Keep surrendering. There may be many layers of hurt surrounding your heart that He will need to peel back before He can bring you to a place of total healing.
Heavenly Father, I pray for every person reading these words. May they have courage to reach out to You, surrender all and receive the healing only You can give. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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