2/24/2016 0 Comments
Healing is His Hem
There’s a popular story in the Bible of ‘the woman with the issue of blood’ that was healed by Jesus. I’ll break down the story in a few, but first, I want you to know why her story is relevant to yours. I believe that in some way, we all need to be healed. Since nobody is perfect, there’s something in us, whether we want to admit it or not, that’s broken. Something inside of all of us, regardless of age, race, nationality, years in God, etc., needs to be healed so that we can be better people. There are literally billions of people walking around with trust issues, low self esteem, physical illnesses, mental illnesses, etc., and in one way or another, we all contribute to that number. So, step one in this process: what in you needs to be healed? Well, whatever it is, I’m here to tell you that regardless of how long you’ve suffered or where the pain is, there’s healing…in His hem.
It’s story time saints! So, according to Mark 5, Jesus has recently healed a man that was possessed by demons, traveled to Capernaum, and is currently surrounded by a loooooooot of people. He’s asked to heal a man’s daughter (who’s about to die), agrees, and heads towards the man’s house. Being a dedicated (and possibly nosy or really intrigued) multitude, the massive crowd of people follow Jesus, and basically stop him in his tracks (or reallllllly slow down his speed). Got the picture? Can you see it? Jesus…surrounded by a massive, MASSIVE group of people? Now, look lower in that picture that you’ve created, and you’ll find a woman, on her hands and knees, crawling through the crowd, trying to get to Jesus. This woman is probably in pain, she’s broke, she’s incredibly tired, but she’s mumbling...something: “if I could only touch His clothes….” She’s trying to avoid getting trampled (or being seen, because she’s not considered “clean"), but she’s still moving because she’s on a mission. She finally makes it. She’s behind Jesus (still on her hands & knees), and with what could’ve been her last ounce of strength, she reaches out, and touches the hem of Jesus’ clothes.
Immediately, she’s healed. She can feel it, and so did Jesus. He turns around & asks “who touched me?” His disciples think he’s lost it (or trying to be funny), and point out that he’s literally surrounded by a multitude (sir, everybody is touching you). Jesus continues to look for the woman, because He wants to see her, and give her a small piece of info. The woman comes out of the crowd, falls at his feet, and revealed herself as the person that touched Him (without anybody’s permission). She’s terrified, but Jesus looks at her, and says “daughter, your faith has made you well. Go…and be healed of your affliction.” How….cool….is….THAT?! There are a few things about this story that I think we all need to grasp, understand, and apply to our own lives…now. What are they? GLAD YOU ASKED YOU INQUISITIVE SOUL! (I’m excited; prepare yourself haha)
Finally, I want to bring the fact that to a certain extent (in my mind), this woman set a precedent. She’s like…a trendsetting healing. In the next chapter (Mark 6:56 to be exact), Jesus is in a totally different city, and people swarm Him…asking to touch the hem of his garment. Unless I’ve missed something (if I have, PLEASE let me know), nobody bothered to touch Jesus’ hem before this woman did. If they did, it didn’t get printed. Because she dared to reach for hem, she played a part in somebody else getting their healing. Her submission in faith, her act of going to Jesus’ feet before reaching for His hand, led other people to the feet of Jesus. Her faith sparked the faith of others. Do you think she thought she had that much power? I doubt it. The same is true for us though. You’d be surprised by the amount of power that God has put in your testimony, and the strength others can gain from your storm. So, if I had to end this in a specific way, I’d say: get out there, tell somebody, and show them where their healing is.
Background Music: Healing - Richard Smallwood & Balm in Gilead - Karen Clark-Sheard
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