September 12, 2018
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” – Luke 8:43-48
When we read this passage, what usually comes to mind is the woman’s faith. We see that she has exhausted all her resources and realized that the only one powerful enough to heal her was Jesus. So powerful in fact, that she didn’t need to hear healing words or have his hands laid on her. All she needed was to simply be in his presence.
But there is another aspect of this passage that we often miss. The Bible tells us that there was such a crowd around Jesus that people were pressing up against one another. This woman would have been considered “unclean” by her fellow Israelites because of her condition, and she would not have been accustomed to being out in public. And yet, she overcomes the circumstances, pushes her way through the dense crowd, and is healed in Jesus’ presence.
If you are hurting today and in need of healing, then you need to be in the presence of Jesus. However, we live a very crowded life. In our world there are tasks to accomplish, people taking our time, and endless entertainment. The crowd of things in our life often keeps us from the presence of Jesus. So push through all the distractions and noise today. Push your way into the presence of Jesus. Trust me, it’s worth it!
Father, give us the strength to push through our crowded life in order to be in Your presence today.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Shane Cannon