Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jesus Heals A Bleeding Woman

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. -Matthew 9:20-22

The boldness of this woman is incredibly admirable. Women were not allowed, according to the Jewish laws, to touch anyone when they were bleeding. Touching Jesus meant that she would make him unclean, but she up and did it anyways. Having been infirmed and frustrated for twelve years she was determined to be well no matter what it cost her. The consequence? Jesus took her uncleanliness and made her clean. I'm sure there are people who would have told her not to go to Jesus until she was well. Coming to Jesus when you're broken gives him the chance to heal you, more than that, if we were to wait until we were no longer broken we would never come to him at all.

Challenge: What is broken in your life? Tell Jesus about that. He may not heal you instantly but he is able to share our burdens. Day by day God continues his work of making us whole, and he will continue to complete it until the last day.

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