As we continue our summer series on Interactions with Jesus, we find ourselves in Mark 5:24b – 34 (NRSV) …
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
This Sunday we will look at a woman who was an outcast of society.
This Sunday we will look at a woman who went from hearing about Jesus, to hoping Jesus would help her, to being healed by Jesus.
This Sunday we will see Jesus who not only healed this woman physically but also wanted to get to know her better because Jesus wanted to give her spiritual and eternal healing.
This woman who came wanting something from Jesus soon realized that she needed Jesus.
This outcast who I have referred to as “woman”, Jesus referred to as “daughter”.
Why is that significant?
How many times did Jesus refer to a woman as daughter?
Let’s talk about it on Sunday.