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Resurrection and New Life 2: Jesus Restores Health

Resurrection and New Life Day 2 – Jesus Restores Health

“And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, ‘If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.’ And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.” (Mark 5:25-29, ESV)

Twelve years is a long time to be sick, but when you couple that with Jewish law that declared this woman to be unclean during that time of sickness, it would seem a lifetime. There would be no family get-togethers, no welcome in the marketplace or a seat in her place of worship, no invitations to weddings or parties. There would be no coffee dates with friends to gather strength and encouragement in the never-ending battle against this disease. There would just be loneliness and frustration as treatment after treatment failed. 

I cannot imagine the desperation this woman must’ve felt. It’s one thing to struggle with chronic illness, but the additional burden of feeling abandoned added insult to injury. Shunned from society, her heart surely ached as she suffered alone. Looking from the sidelines, she would have seen people living life abundantly—without her. Laughter may have trickled down the street, a long-lost friend from days gone by. Couples embraced and held hands. Little children reached up for hugs from their mothers. Life went on around her, but she was not included in its joys.

Sickness is a result of the presence of sin in our world. We don’t get sick necessarily because we harbor some secret sin, but rather illness is a reality for so many because our world is under the curse of sin. As a result, things like cancer, heart disease, viral infections, and mental illness can cripple us as they affect our bodies in sometimes alarming ways. But this woman had a bleeding disease for twelve years, with no apparent remedy. She went to the physicians and spent all her money on one disappointing treatment after another. 

I wonder what she thought the first time she heard about Jesus and how He was able to heal people with a simple word or touch, charging no fees whatsoever. How many testimonials did it take before she became certain and sought Him out? We do not know, but we can surmise from this story that when she approached Him she did so with absolute faith. 

Maybe a relative of hers came and whispered the news of Him, encouraging her to go and see if He might be able to help her. Or maybe she heard stories floating down the street as she stayed quiet and hidden away. Whatever the case, she determined to seek healing from Jesus, desperate to just be able to touch His garment, believing that would be enough to end her struggles with this awful bleeding disorder. 

When she came towards Him, the crowds surrounding Him made it hard to get close, and so she made her way likely on her knees. As she approached Him, she may have feared being seen by the people, for she was considered unclean, but that didn’t stop her from boldly taking this one chance she had for healing. As she touched the hem of His garment, she immediately knew she was healed. I’m not sure what that felt like, but her healing was instantly obvious to her. Jesus also knew, and felt that healing power had gone out from Him. He began to seek out the one who had touched Him, as crazy as that sounded to His disciples in the busy street around them. Jesus always knows when someone comes to Him in faith and seeks His touch. 

We don’t read much about this woman in the Bible other than her encounter with Jesus and the healing she found through Him. But I wonder what the rest of her story looked like. Resurrected from the ruins of her illness, she was freed from the loneliness that came with her condition. No longer unclean, she could touch again, love again, visit friends and join social circles. Her physical limitations were gone as well, enabling her to resume abundant living—fully and completely healed.

That’s what our Jesus does when He touches our lives with spiritual healing through salvation. He gives us new life, a new purpose, and an everlasting joy. Maybe you have your own battle with illness and you simply long for the ability to touch His garment and receive immediate healing. I’ve also felt that before. You long for restored health and wholeness, and yet He doesn’t lead you on a path to that restoration. It can be frustrating and puzzling, and yet sometimes He uses our suffering for a purpose which we may not see or understand here. But when we know Jesus as Savior, healing will come for all of us, whether here or on a distant shore in our forever home. Our faith assures us that after we take our last breath, we will open our eyes to abundant life. We will be resurrected and completely whole, forever! What a blessed hope we have in Him!

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