“Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” (Mark 5:34)
What beautiful words from our Master ~ “thy faith has made thee whole.”
Another version says, “thy faith hath healed you” and yet another says, “thy faith hath made you well”…..but isn’t any versions still implying the beautiful message that Jesus can make us whole of any condition in which we suffer with ….
Jesus’ words to this woman were simple and filled with grace. They brought this unnamed woman a great blessing. She had been burdened with a physical condition that made her “ritually unclean” and had exhausted her financial resources (Mark 5:25-27). Isolated from human contact for many years, this woman braved social disgrace and religious reprimand to enter the surging crowd of devoted Jews and simply touch Jesus’ garment (v.28).
Even though the large crowd following Jesus was pressing in on him, the Lord instantly sensed that power had gone out from him. Just as the woman expected, she was also instantly healed. (v.29)
Jesus stopped the mob accompanying him and asked who had touched him (v.30).
Despite having a condition that nearly every woman would be reluctant to talk about in front of a crowd, this woman humbly and fearfully came forward, she fell at Jesus’ feet, and told the Lord what had happened (v.33) …..
Many of us might have an immediate response to Jesus’ actions. We may be both thankful that this woman received her miracle and yet, curious about why Jesus would publicly embarrass her in front of the crowd. Most of us who live in western culture are unaware of how society has limited our awareness of other groups and cultures. This causes us to misunderstand Jesus’ simple words of blessing and so we miss the great grace that Jesus brings this woman. Our appetites for the spectacular, fueled by movies with special effects and drama can lead us to miss a major part of this woman’s healing ….
For many of us, the physical miracle is what is most important to this story. Clearly, the woman was desperate for this miracle in her life. However, her need wasn’t just a need for physical healing. She was isolated, alone, and living by herself on the margins of society. She was, for all purposes, an invisible person to most around her. She was supposed to remain untouched, hidden, and separate from social and religious society ….
What Jesus did with His simple words of blessing was every bit as important as His power to physically heal this woman. Jesus’ words of blessing gave this woman her life with others back to her. He did it in front of many others, so that His affirmation of her faith and His pronouncement of her freedom from her condition were undeniable: “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” Those who witnessed Jesus’ affirmation and heard His words had connected themselves with the synagogue and Jairus, its leader (vs.22-24).
Jesus’ simple words of blessing to this woman became a bridge for Jairus to have faith in Jesus to do the impossible with his own little girl: raise her from the dead (vs.34-36). And it is important to note Jesus’ response: “Be not afraid, only believe.”
We live in a Christian culture of easy and isolated “belief” where people believe just about anything and place their faith and belief in all sorts of nonsense and idols.
It most certainly is not the faith we find Jesus and His early disciples describing.
To follow Jesus means that we see Him as our Lord and teacher. We obey Him because He is Lord. We trust that what Jesus did in His death, burial, and resurrection saves us. We turn our lives around and re-orient them to obey Him and live for Him as a result of that trust and belief. That is faith. That is what it means to follow after Jesus as a disciple. We trust that as we believe Jesus, He will heal what is broken about us; and not just our physical problems, but our need for integration into a life of faith, of intimate relationship, and even influence with others. We do not know what would have happened with this woman had she not owned up to her actions and submitted herself to Jesus. But we do know, however, that because she did come and offer herself to the Lord, He saved her, in every way a person can be saved; physically, spiritually, emotionally, and even socially ….
As we look at Jesus’ actions, we are reminded that to follow Jesus is not like following someone on Facebook. Following Jesus means to trust His sacrifice to save us. We rearrange our lives to follow Him. We confess Him as Lord before others (Matthew 10:32). We participate with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection through baptism; and are added to a group of believers with whom we will share eternal life (Romans 6:1-14). And then subsequently, we receive the promise and are born again through the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:33-47).
Believing in Jesus means to trust Him completely as Lord to change our lives and that He can and will restore us to wholeness. That means following Him. It means learning from Him. It means doing what He says to build and bring the kingdom of God into our world now.
Jesus’ words of affirmation were simple. Jesus’ words of affirmation brought this woman great grace. These words were given to her because she knew her faith was not real belief until she acted on them and placed her life and her future completely in the hands of her Lord ….
Our faith should be no less. We have a Lord who longs to save us in every way a person can be saved, with His words of simple blessing and great grace: “your faith has healed you… Your faith has made you well… Your faith has made you whole: go in peace” ~
In closing; I ask, what plagues you this day? Is there something hindering you in your faith to follow Jesus and trust in Him completely? Is there a brokenness residing within you that needs to be healed and made whole?
Come and fall at His feet in faith, trusting Him to do what only He can do. He will heal you, restore you, and you will be made whole. And then that “peace that surpasses all understanding shall keep you” (Philippians 4:7). You can be free of anything plaguing you; whether it be a physical ailment or affliction, a mental or emotional condition, or some other circumstances that is causing you pain, sorrow, or stress. Only Jesus can make you whole, if you simply trust and believe, then reach out and touch Him ….
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them ALL.” (Psalms 34:19)
Let us pray ~
Loving God, there are times when the burdens I carry and the disappointments that come my way seem too much to bear. Lord, my daily tasks seem to mount up with every passing week and however much I manage to get done, I never seem to do all that I ought to do and I find myself stressing out and worrying about all the things that I have left still undone. I know that this is not the way that my life in You should be lived.
I want my life to be pleasing to You. Help me to live and follow what You teach me: to cast all my burdens on You, and to let You be my full sufficiency. Help me to trust You with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding or try to rely on myself. Help me to seek You first, before and above all else, knowing that all the other things will be added unto me. Help me to trust You instead of trusting in myself…
Lord You have promised me the gift of the Holy Ghost to guide me and all of Your children in ALL truth; teach me now Your truth of abiding in You and trusting in Your Word, as I surrender my will to Yours and choose this day to follow You, to serve You, and to obey You with all of my heart. I ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen …