October 14, 2007
Exactly one month ago today I wrote an entry about the woman in Mark who just wanted so badly to reach out and touch Jesus to be healed. This woman may have never seen Jesus heal someone else with her own eyes, but she had inevitably heard stories about the things He had done. It doesn't specify how far she had come to meet him, and Jesus was not in that place only to see her. He had come through the town, and crowds followed Him where ever He went. The stories of healing and miracles that Jesus had performed were enough for this woman to have so much faith that she knew that just touching Him would heal her. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This woman was a perfect example of what faith is. The Bible does not say that after she saw Jesus perform miracles, she believed. It says after she heard about Him, she went to Him.
Mark is full of different accounts of Jesus healing people. The end of Mark 6 talks again about the power there is in touching Him.
As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.
I have read these passages countless times before, but I read them tonight with more conviction than ever before. Why do we have such a hard time believing that we serve the same Jesus today? I have never physically seen Jesus heal someone before my eyes. Although I know He has, and I know there are people who have been witness to miracles, I personally have never seen someone that could not walk get up and start leaping. I have never been witness to a blind person miraculously seeing, but I know it has been done. I have never physically seen with my own eyes someone with cancer be completely healed of it. But why are we skeptical? The Bible says that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Although I have not seen, I am certain that He has done the things talked about in the Bible, and even the testimonies of others because I have faith that it is true. I don't need to see it before I know that I can be like the woman who is reaching out to touch Him. The end of Mark 6 says all who touched Him were healed. All.
Adonai by Avalon
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