DO NOT FEAR, ONLY BELIEVE
“She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.”
Mark 5:27 (ESV)
The woman in this passage had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent all the money she had on physicians only to grow worse, not better. This woman was desperate. She knew what it was she needed from Jesus, but the crowd surrounding Him made it impossible for her to reach him.
As believers many of us have never felt this kind of desperation. Some of us were born into the Christian faith walking in it our whole lives. However, we must be sensitive to those that have not had this privilege. We are like the disciples that day whose reply to Jesus’ question “Who touched me?” was “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” Because to them it seemed apparent that everybody was touching Him. (NLT, Mark 5:31)
Those who were walking the closest to Jesus were not the ones he FELT touch him. When healing power left his body he FELT it. In fear, the woman came forward and presented herself to Jesus. He turned toward her and said, “Your faith has made you well. Do not fear, only believe.”
We see this same kind of desperation after a sporting event. Have you ever been holding a cooler full of ice cold drinks after a basketball game? The players are all desperate for the refreshment. It is much easier to share water with those who are thirsty. Try that same scene outside a chilly football stadium, but this time the crowd is desperate for hot cocoa. When we are desperate for help, it is easy to accept it. We are all desperate for different things at different times in our walk with Christ. Even among the crowd of believers, it was the one who barely touched him that got His attention. Jesus met the woman where she was that day. Yes, she went to where He was, but once she was there, even in a huge crowd, He knew it was she who touched him. He knew it was she who needed help the most.
Practical Application: Social Media is all you need to find the lost, hopeless, and hurting. Quickly you will see how many people are desperate for something to make them feel safe, whole, or loved. Start with one—meet for coffee, share a scone, and offer Christian companionship.