When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
There was a large crowd that followed Jesus, pressing around him. The crowds, you will notice, always get in the way. But the woman in this story was desperate and nothing would stop her. She needed the master’s touch and she was going to get it. She had suffered greatly for 12 years with an issue of blood. A condition that back then would have ostracized her. She had been subject to mistreatments by many physicians and had lost all the money she had while trying to seek treatment, only to get worse.
Jesus was her last resort and when she heard about him, she believed simply touching his clothes would heal her. So, she came up behind him and touched his cloak. When she did, immediately the fountain of blood dried up and she was healed. At that point she probably thought that she could sneak off, but Jesus sensed that power had gone out of him intentionally and so he asked, “Who touched me? (Mark 5:31)”
Because she was willing to touch Jesus, this woman was healed. Jesus honored her faith and granted total healing. She could then return “in peace,” freed from her emotional, physical, and spiritual suffering.
Friend, Jesus heals. Whatever it is that you are going through, he can transform that situation for your good and for his glory. You do not need to suffer under the burden you are carrying anymore. What are you willing to do to experience his touch? What crowds stand in your way? The same power that was available for this woman is available for you. It is within your reach, but you must grab ahold of it. However, there are two conditions that must be met for this healing to take place. First, you must be convinced of your need; and secondly you must be convinced of his power. Our Lord Jesus stands ready to touch you and heal you today but you must show up and reach out.
Father in Heaven, I need you today. Touch those areas of my life that are broken and messed up with your healing touch. I believe you have the power to transform my pain in joy, my anxiety into peace and my doubt into faith. Today, I am grabbing the hem of your garment, heal me I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.