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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mark 5:25-34

Mark 5:25-34 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Whatever is wrong in our lives there is a God solution to help us. This story is all about our need for God. And about how the world can’t help us. This woman had been to doctor after doctor for years and had not only gotten worse, she was now broke.
And desperate. It took being desperate, just like Jairus was in the last story, to make the right choice. She came to Christ.

Romans 3:9 -18 tells us that without Christ all of us are lost in sin. That our paths are ruin and misery. We need Grace. When we finally realize this, the desperation will drive us to Christ. There is no other hope.

When we do come to Him, Romans 3:23-24 tells us that He offers us Grace as a gift. The woman touched Christ and the healing was immediate! Jesus felt power leave Him, showing that His healing, His salvation cost Him something. The cross cost Him.

In Mark 5:32 He looked to see who had touched Him. He knew who it was, but He was reaching out to give her spiritual blessing. She bowed to Him and told Him the truth, a beautiful picture of how we need to come to Him. Bow down, confess and repent. She had already believed.

And Jesus said, “Daughter”. In that moment she was saved and part of the family of God. When He told her to go in peace He was saying the warfare for her soul was over and she was at peace with God.

Romans 5:1 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

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