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Mark 5:21-34  And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea.  (22)  Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet  (23)  and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.”  (24)  And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.  (25)  And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years,  (26)  and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.  (27)  She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.  (28)  For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”  (29)  And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.  (30)  And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?”  (31)  And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’”  (32)  And he looked around to see who had done it.  (33)  But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.  (34)  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

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Lessons from the Anonymous Woman

Mark 5:21-34  teaches important lessons about our desperate need of a Savior who is full of compassion and power. It also teaches about what defines genuine faith. In this passage, A woman suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. Her condition was serious: for 12 years she had dealt with this condition – with no relief. She suffered from various attempted cures as well as disease. She would have been considered unclean – not allowed to touch anyone – under the Law, anything or anyone she touched would be unclean. Socially, she was alone and ostracized as no one would want to interact her for fear of being unclean with even touch. Spiritually speaking, she would not be permitted to attend the synagogue – excommunicated because of her condition. She had spent all that she had and had exhausted her finances, she was out of options. Her condition is incurable. This poor woman was at place of complete hopelessness.

The woman’s physical condition pictures mankind’s incurable sin condition. Every one of us can identify with this woman because we too have an incurable disease call SIN. Ours is a spiritual condition with an eternal consequence. The truth is, that unforgiven sin is worse than a bleeding disorder. The woman’s desperate attempts to find a cure for her physical condition pictures man’s desperate attempts at peace and fulfillment without God. F-U-T-I-L-E.

EVIDENCE OF GENUINE FAITH  v.28  “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”  The woman’s faith in Jesus’ ability to heal her was so great that she believed that just touching the tassels that hung from his clothes would be enough to heal her. Genuine faith manifests as an inner drive of the Spirit toward confession and repentance, her faith drove her to the Savior – the One she knew could heal her! This is the “childlike faith” the LORD desires from us. v.33 “But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.”  This is the most significant and profound evidence of her conversion, and the response of Jesus is so encouraging – He calls her “Daughter.” This is the affirmation from Jesus of the woman’s genuineness of faith, and this is the only time in the New Testament that a woman is so addressed by Jesus: “Daughter.” Peace belongs only to those who have made their peace with God. As Christians, We have an open door. Are you glad that you can access the LORD whenever you need Him, that He is available to get involved in your life? Are you glad that He cares about you in a personal way? No matter what He’s doing, He will always respond to you when you come to Him in prayer. Are you glad that He’s always at work, completing His spiritual purpose in your life?

Don’t know Christ as Savior? When we come to Jesus in our condition of sin, He will forgive us and adopt us as sons and daughters into the Family of God. When we come to Jesus, He makes us part of His family and God becomes our Father, because the condition of sin that separated us from God has been removed because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our sins. Like the woman who persisted and was determined to be healed by touching Jesus, so the one who acknowledges, confesses, and repents of their sin and knows that in Jesus Christ there is forgiveness.

Those who find forgiveness of sin in Jesus will know the peace of God and freedom from sin and will have the assurance of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Confession and repentance by faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus who is alone the author and finisher of our faith – that is the only way to God who gives PEACE and FULFILLMENT.

(Mark 5:34)  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”


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