She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, "Who was it that touched me?" When all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!" But Jesus said, "Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me." Luke 8:44-46
The woman had been bleeding for 12 years. She spent all her money on doctors, who caused her a lot of discomfort, but couldn't cure her. On the contrary, her condition was getting worse. Perhaps we've experienced illnesses like this, or known of someone who has. Medical bills piling up, a worsening condition, even the reality of impending death have touched the lives of many people, including Christians. Does God step in and do anything for us? Sometimes he does; sometimes he doesn't, but he always hears our prayers and he always responds with love. During Jesus' ministry he miraculously cured hundreds of people, like this woman who had suffered so much. Why did Jesus use his miraculous power to heal her but not other Christians today? He commends her for her faith; does this mean our faith is not as strong? Sometimes we have more questions than answers. Come and hear more this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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