As Jesus was on His way to see Jarius’ daughter, a woman (with a 12-year blood condition) touched his garment.
In these times, a woman such as this would have been outcast from the community, considered unclean (even by her family), and unable to participate in synagogue or temple rituals.
What a difficult, lonely life she must have lived with very little hope.
But it was these years of suffering, tears, and pain that led her to seek out the One whom all mercies flow. Her trials led her to this moment when she would divinely be at the right place, at the right time, only to stretch out her hand for just a touch of His garment. And when she did, the unthinkable happened – He looked at her and He saw her.
The woman who has been overlooked and shunned from everybody else. She was seen by the Creator of all things, the One who holds the power to heal and destroy. He saw her and knew her faith, the kind of faith that could only be produced by such great suffering. And with just a few words: “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well,” her life was forever changed.
The faith that was produced from suffering brought her to the feet of the Savior of the world.
“Made you well” in the original Greek literally means “saved you.”
How is it that the seemingly horrible circumstances could bring her to an eternal salvation? This is our God. The One who made the heavens and the earth (Nehemiah 9:6), who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17), who controls all things (Proverbs 16:9), knows all things (Psalm 139:4), and has a steadfast love that will endure forever (Psalm 136:1). And we know that “all things God works for the for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
This includes a socially rejected woman whom no one else saw, wanted, or cared for; but He did.
Friend, do you believe this could be you too? Do you believe in the all-powerful authority of Jesus Christ in heaven and on earth? Do you believe that with just a touch of His garment, you too could be saved? Confess. Repent. Believe.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12