Luke 8:42-48 NIV
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 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.”
Heres the picture. Jesus is crowded in, people pushing past as he is walking.
That day a woman who has tried to find an answer for her problems for many years learns of his whereabouts. maybe she has seen the crowds, maybe she has heard stories or rumours about this man, Jesus. Whatever it was that provoked her, she reached on through to touch him, she thought ‘if I could just touch him, I would be made whole.’
She knew Jesus was the answer for her problems, but when He called to see who had touched him, she still hid away in her shame.
Jesus could have moved on not making an issue of the healing, it is no effort too great for God to heal. yet, he stopped. He wanted to make the woman aware, she did not need to hide. There was no need for her to be ignored. Her issue of blood may have kept people looking away from her for years, believing she was an outcast or unclean. Maybe some believed it was a punishment from God.
But I see Jesus stopping. He could overlook her, he has healed her already — need he do more? But it was important for the Son of Man to go further. He wanted to affirm her. The words from his mouth ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you.. go in peace.’
Something about this just makes me wonder about this Jesus who finds it so important to affirm the one who is infront of him, even though there are the crowds surrounding him, He takes the time to validate this one woman as a person.