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.
It’s a funny thing, grace and forgiveness. In Luke 8 we find Jesus walking en route to see a man named Jarius, whose daughter was dying.
While on the way to this man’s house, Jesus’ garments are touched.
All of a sudden, out of a multitude of people who were following Jesus to witness His healing of Jairus’ daughter, Jesus feels someone touch his garments.
A woman suffering from a discharge of blood for 12 years, who was cast aside by society, had heard of the miracles Jesus was doing. She believed so strongly in His power that she thought by simply touching His garments, she would be healed. Too timid to approach Jesus and ask for His healing, she snuck up behind Him amongst the crowd and touched his garments.
She was healed almost instantly.
How often do we feel like this woman? Afraid and afflicted by some sin that has been gnawing away at our soul for too long. Maybe not 12 years, but far longer than it should have. And instead of falling at the feet of Jesus, we try to sneak a blessing. Sneak our forgiveness through indirect means. Afraid to have Jesus look us dead in the eyes, hear our confession, and forgive us to our faces.
This woman had amazing faith. Believing that by simply touching Jesus’ garments, she would be healed. Believing that His power was so great and so amazing. But she missed the blessing of being in His presence. Looking upon His countenance and feeling His touch, not the other way around. Fear kept her from experiencing Christ fully, but her faith healed her.
Don’t let fear keep you from experiencing the fullness of God. Yes, we must believe that simply by touching His garments we will be healed; but don’t forget that He’s waiting for you to come to Him to heal you face to face.
Think about it …