During the weekend message, Perrysburg Campus Pastor Josh Whitlow mentioned life is better when you can create meaningful moments for others and that every memorable moment is EPIC (Elevation, Pride, Insight, Connection).
Luke 8 recounts Jesus walking through a crowd of people on his way to heal Jarius’ sick daughter. At some point, a woman sneaks up behind Jesus and touches the hem of his garment, and he takes time to minister to her.
But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
He stopped in the crowd having “realized that power had gone out from him” (Mark 5:30). Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “Who touched me?” The disciples must have thought it was a ridiculous question. The crowd was so big and everyone was crowding around Jesus, so they were probably thinking, “Who hasn’t touched you?”
Through faith, the woman believed that simply touching the hem of Jesus’ garment would heal her. Scripture records that “immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering” (Mark 5:29).
After being told to identify herself, the woman fell at his feet, grateful for his touch, yet fearful of his rejection. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.” Jesus purposefully used this incident as a connection to create a meaningful moment in the life of an outcast woman, to touch her soul. She must have felt cut off from God, and doctors offered no hope for her bleeding condition of 12 years. Jesus wasn’t about to let this woman just get lost in the crowd.
As Josh mentioned, Jesus knew someone had reached out to him in faith, and he wanted to come face-to-face with her. He wasn’t angry—he elevated the moment by accepting her with God’s peace. He wanted this woman to know that he saw her for who she truly was. He exposed her to the crowd to remove the terrible burden of “uncleanliness” that would have been associated with her illness during that time. He calls her “daughter” to not only restore her own self-esteem but also her standing in the community. He clarified, “your faith has made you well,” so that the healing would not be considered magic or superstition. Because of the woman’s unwavering faith, God worked through Jesus to heal her.
While in the crowd, Jesus recognized the woman’s faith and called attention to it. He was letting others know that he accepted and loved her. The crowd didn’t think much of her, but he did. Through this he created a moment in her life that she could be proud of. When was the last time you created a “proud moment” for someone by recognizing something they did? Who can you create a proud moment for this week?
When it comes to this woman’s faith, what can we learn from her? Do you have the nerve to push your way to Jesus the way this woman did? How would you assess the quality of your faith?
Create a moment in someone else’s life that recognizes their accomplishments. Let someone know what you appreciate about them. Tell them why you admire their faith.
Heavenly Father, you are so patient with us. I pray that you would grow bold faith in me today. Bring me to the place where I will reach out for your promises with the same vigor as the sick woman in this story. Also, open my eyes to opportunities I have to lift someone else up in front of others the way Jesus did for this woman. Help me to create meaningful moments by honoring those around me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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