Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?'” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” – Luke 8:43-48 (cf. Matthew 9:20-22).
Twelve years she had suffered. Twelve embarrassing years. Twelve long years of being an outcast, unclean. Whatever she had earned had been spent on physicians. Yet none could heal her. She heard that Jesus, the Master was passing that way. The Master was compassionate; He could and did heal those who were brought to Him. It was said that He even went out of His way to heal people. She moved with the crowd, which was following the Master. She had nothing to lose. Her livelihood was all gone. She said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
Suddenly, she moves through a gap in the crowd and touches the border of his garment. She feels a surge of power, an energy that stops the flow of blood. She feels it, she knows she has been healed. She melts into the crowd in an effort to hide herself. The Master stops! He turns around and says, “Who touched Me?” All deny it. Peter and others say, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You. Anyone could have touched You.” Jesus is adamant. “Somebody touched me.” He meant somebody in need of healing. “I know that power has gone out from Me.” He would have known! He was looking for an admission; a public admission, a testimony. She is trembling. She knows that He knows. She comes forward, falls down before Him, worships Him. She publicly declares why she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
Does Jesus get angry? Was it admissible for a woman, especially one in her condition, to touch a man, or anyone, publicly? Wasn’t she unclean as per the Law of Moses and touching someone would make that person unclean? Her desperation gets the better of her. She reaches out and touches the border of His garment. Does He hurry off to take a bath, to clean Himself? (As a Pharisee would have done.) No. Instead of cleaning Himself, He heals and makes her clean. The Master is compassion personified. He says, “Daughter, be of good cheer. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” So, Jesus heals her and gives her peace! He is happy that she has placed her trust in Him. He is also happy to have healed her. So, He gives her the extra blessing!
When we reach out to Jesus in faith, He responds.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1, ESV.
The woman was convinced of being healed by touching the border/hem of Jesus’ garment and she was not disappointed! We can have the same conviction of being spiritually cleansed and healed by Jesus.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.