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Faith Makes One Well

Luke 8:48 (ESV) … “And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

One woman, in particular, stopped him, without meaning to. Having bled as long as Jairus’s daughter had lived, this desperate woman saw Jesus as her last hope. She demanded no attention from him, just the opportunity to touch his clothing. So she did and healing came. She was ready to slink away, but Jesus interrupted her plans. He had power to heal without consciously doing anything, but he also controlled his power, so he knew when he healed. The woman had not counted on this. Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” Then Peter laughed it off. Who could possibly know in this mob? Everybody was elbowing their way in and touching him? How could he limit it to one person? Jesus knew one person had taken special healing power from him. He wanted to talk to that one person in this big crowd.

Fearfully, the woman edged forward and admitted her action. She testified to Jesus of her need and his deed. How would Jesus react? Was he angry because someone had sneaked off with some of his power? Of course not! Jesus cared for people and wanted them to have wholeness and healing. So he bid her to go in peace, knowing her faith had healed her. Touching the Master led to a new life for her. Now she had a testimony of faith to tell how she came to know Jesus and his saving healing.[1]

[1] Butler, T. C. (2000). Luke (Vol. 3, p. 128). Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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