We read a lot about Jesus’ compassion in these two chapters. He spares the spirits, he heals the sick, he feeds the hungry and he comforts his friends in a storm.
I love the story of the woman healed simply by touching Jesus’s robe. A woman at this point in history, suffering from never-ending bleeding, wouldn’t be socially accepted to address a man in public, let alone grab on to him. She would be facing blood taboo and according to Leviticus 15:19-30, be ceremonially unclean, making anything she touched “unclean”. An “unclean” female is pretty close to the least qualified person to be around Jesus, according to culture at this point.
Notice his response:
He calls her out of her hiding and shame, refers to her as his daughter, heals her of her suffering and sends her off in peace. This is the Jesus of the Bible, the son of God whom we serve and love. He doesn’t see you as unfit to be with him, we are fit to be with God because of him.
Don’t feel qualified to experience his healing in your life? You aren’t. Either was she and either am I. He wants in anyway.
We are loved, noticed and brought in to the family of God because of the gospel. You can try to subtly join in, embarrassed of what your life looks like and afraid of who culture says you are, but he notices you. You do not go unnoticed with him. He relentlessly seeks after the misfits, the underdogs, the ‘unclean’, the left out, the marginalized.
Are you like the woman, ashamed to approach Jesus, but pursuing his healing, simply wanting to brush even the trim of his robe?
Maybe you don’t resonate with this story; you have a well-rounded understanding of how to humbly be in relationship with God. But is there someone in your life who doesn’t? It’s our responsibility as ambassadors of God to advocate for them. Tell them the story, coax them out of their hiding and hang a banner over them “daughter (or son), your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over” (5:34).