And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for
twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it,
Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that
power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she
was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him,
and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” - Luke 8:43-48 (ESV)
I live in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. One of the top tourist destinations of the world. We have a world-class airport, hotels, beaches, Table Mountain, game farms and everything else a tourist to “Africa” can dream of.
But sadly, we are also one of the world’s murder and rape capitals. And it has been especially bad these past few weeks. More and more women are being abused, raped and murdered all over the world. The #AmINext campaign is testimony to how women are living in fear, and is in harsh contrast to how Jesus views women.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how Jesus elevated women. How He came to uplift us, love us and honour us. Admittingly, I am extremely emotional about this topic and I am yearning for His Spirit to fill the men on earth so that they can see women and treat women like Jesus did.
One such example is the woman that’s been subjected to bleeding for 12 years.
She had spent all her money on doctors trying to find a cure, so if she had any financial status, she would have lost it all. Traditionally she would have been deemed unclean and not allowed to participate in religious gatherings or events. And I know for a fact that she was drained, exhausted and in pain. God had her attend this gathering where Jesus would be present. Knowing full well that there would be crowds, she would be pushed and shoved and probably chastised for being there. But she truly believed that she would find healing on that day.
There’s this beautiful mural in Magdala by artist Daniel Cariola called “Encounter” that captures this story perfectly; I can actually feel how this poor woman gets trampled on trying to reach Jesus’ clothes. https://www.magdala.org/2017/10/just-touch-clothes-will-healed/
At the moment of healing, Jesus turns around and asks, “Who touched Me?"
Jesus knew who touched Him of course and what happened, but He wanted to publicly declare that she has been healed. Drawing attention to the woman and the healing that she has received would restore her in the eyes of society.
Reflect and pray about Jesus’s words and apply it to your own life. How can we use this scripture to uplift each other?
1. “Daughter, thy faith had made thee whole.”
What beautiful words! If you are broken, hurt and bleeding right now, Jesus wants you to know that your faith has made you whole.
Jesus wants to restore us and He honours us publicly.
2. “Be of good comfort”
Be comfortable in My presence. Have you ever been in situations where you had to be so careful of what you say and how to react? Jesus doesn’t want that for us. He knows what’s in our hearts and our thoughts, so we can just be comfortable with Him.
3. “Go in peace”
Jesus invites us to find peace in Him. Having the Lord’s peace means you can endure any situation and fight any battle but still be at peace in your heart. What will “go in peace” look like in your own life?
Thank You, Jesus, for being the groom that honours His bride, for creating a safe space for us to come and for embracing us. We pray for Your daughters that are in unsafe situations and for those that are burdened by a hurtful pass. May they be made whole Lord and may they find peace and comfort in You.
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