“The seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” (15)
“My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” (21)
Jesus is setting up His new Kingdom and it’s not about having the “right blood” anymore (as if it ever really was). This Kingdom is forged from people who respond to the love of God.
We continue to see His good news proclaimed to the poor, afflicted, outcast and foreigner, and now examples of sovereignty over weather (22-25), demons (26-39), death (40-42; 49-56) and disease (43-48).
“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” (48)
This woman with the hemorrhage embodies this change of Kingdom status. She approaches, trembling, wanting to go unnoticed, because she has lived her whole life at the bottom of the totem pole. Now, Jesus calls her daughter and praises her faith.
He could have kept going, He was on a mission to save a little girl, after all. Jesus was surrounded, pressed up against a crowd of people, and of course someone was bound to be sick, drawing power out of him. He didn’t have to stop, but He wanted to let this woman know her place in the kingdom.
What is my posture toward the poor, sick, ostracized, marginalized? Am I someone who proclaims the coming of Jesus as fulfilled in Isaiah 61? Does the Spirit lead me to proclaim “good news to the afflicted, healing to the broken-hearted, liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners?”
This is a question all who claim to follow Jesus must ask themselves. The family of God lifts the most unlikely people to the King’s table. He has the power to heal, deliver and liberate.
How can you share this good news today? How will you bear fruit in 2018?