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About-Him.Com Devotional 12-06-2003

The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
113: The Afflicted Women Healed: Mt. 9:20-22; Mk. 5:22-24,35-43; Lu. 8:43-48

Luke 8:40 ¶ And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.
41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:
42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.

According to the Luke account, when Jesus returned from His visit across the lake in Decapolis, an enthusiastic crowd was waiting to receive Him. Suddenly a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, appeared and pleaded with the Master to come and touch his twelve year old daughter who was at the point of death. Jesus did not hesitate, He immediately started towards the house of Jairus.

Matthew 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 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.

Nobody noticed a frail sickly women , stooping behind Jesus and reaching for the hem of His robe. She had suffered from a female disorder for twelve years, which meant that she was considered unclean and would not be allowed to touch anyone or enter the temple. She had spent all that she had on the doctor's and instead of getting better, she grew worse. She was desperate and saw only one hope, she had to touch the Master. Some say that her faith was imperfect, but it was faith none the less. Moreover, it was faith coupled with action. She humbled herself and reached for the hem of Jesus’ robe.

“Who touched Me,” Jesus exclaimed. “What do you mean Lord? In this mob a lot of people are touching you.” “I felt the virtue go out of me, somebody touch Me and received their healing.”

The trembling women, knelt before Jesus and confessed that it was she who had touched Him and that she had indeed received His healing virtue. Jesus sent her away in peace, stating that her faith had made her whole.

Conclusion and Application:

Do you ever feel like this women. Sin and sickness have ravished your body. There seems to be no way of escape. You feel unclean and uncomfortable among the religious crowd. Yet there is a cry in your heart, “If I can but touch Jesus, things will be different.”
Yes, things will be different as soon as you press through the crowd and touch Him. He knows the things that you feel (Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:15). His virtue is still flowing. He is listening for the faintest cry from any of His lost lambs (Luke 15:4-7). He will meet your every need and send you away in peace.
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