Nothing Left To Lose

In Mark 5:21-43, we find that Jesus is walking back to Jarius’ house, and a whole crowd is walking back with them, crushed up against Jesus. But on the way, there was a woman who had been suffering with hemorrhages for the past 12 years. She had endured many doctors, spent all she’d had, but wasn’t getting any better, only instead grown worse. She’d heard about Jesus, and knew that if she was just to touch His cloak, she’ll be made well. When she saw Jesus walking by with the crowd, she came up behind Him in the crowd, touched His cloak, and immediately, her hemorrhaging stopped. The Bible says that she even felt in her body that she’d been healed of her disease.

Jesus, who felt power go forth from Him, asked, “Who touched my clothes?” His Disciples were all like, “Huh? Everybody touched your clothes…everybody’s pressed up against you.” But when Jesus looked around, the woman began to fear and tremble, and fell down before Him, telling Him the whole truth.
Jesus: “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

So far, in each example, both Jarius and the woman are people who had nothing left to lose – Jesus was their last chance. These 2 are also good examples of people with just enough faith (as opposed to Jesus’ own Apostles?). Examples of people who had only heard of Jesus, then went to meet Him when at rock-bottom. They sought Jesus out of desperation…and are great examples of many of us when we gave our lives to Christ.

Reflection:

  1. How do you choose your priorities?
  2. Why do you think Jesus was so concerned about who it was that touched His clothes?
  3. In your times of desperation, where do you turn? Why do you turn to there?

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