The Hem of His Garment
Reading from Mark 5:25-29
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
The Woman in our text was desperate. She truly desired to be delivered from this wretched disease which held her bound for more than twelve years. Every time she heard of a specialist or an expert in that particular field of medicine, she made an appointment, only to be disappointed once again. They could not heal her but she had to pay anyway, and before long, she was broke. And, according to the Bible, her condition worsened.
When there was no one left to turn to, Jesus showed up. She heard about this man. She heard of others made whole simply by his touch. It all sounded a little sensational at the time. She even laughed about it when she first heard it. But now it was no laughing matter. When her desperation kicked in, it all seemed right. She was ready to believe.
The desperate, ailing woman came up from behind him as he passed by and simply touched the hem of his garment and was immediately healed.
Today, there are people all around us who scoffed and laughed and mocked Jesus yesterday. But today, their situation has changed and now they are ready to believe. Perhaps they are even desperate, and, if Jesus would only pass by, they would go to him and reach for his garment by faith.
We who are saved must allow people to see Jesus in us. We are his feet today. We must pass by, so-to-speak, in our daily lives and give the afflicted an opportunity to reach out by faith and find the spiritual healing they desperately need.
When my circumstances put me in a position to listen, on April 18th, 1984, Jesus passed by in the person of David Lofty who shared the gospel with me and led me to the Savior. I simply reached out by faith and touched the hem of his garment and was immediately and completely saved. Now I have an obligation and a desire to be that Jesus for someone else.