Jesus doesn’t mind being interrupted.

Luke 8 tells the story of a desperate man, who had a child at the point of death. He asked Jesus to help and Jesus left with the father to heal the child.

Luke records what happened on the way to the home of Jairus, the father of the child.

Luke 8.42-46As he went, the crowds pressed in on him.

Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her.

She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.

If you are familiar with this passage, you know that the woman had suffered from hemorrhages for as long as Jairus’ child had been alive.

In today’s YouTube video Rudy Ross explains how the woman was considered “unclean” and how her illness affected her as seriously as would leprosy.

She risked very negative consequences when she touched the fringe of Jesus’ robe.

One of my habits is to read short sections of the Bible and then pray about what I have read.

On one occasion, I was reading this passage. I got on my face before the Lord and stretched out my hand in imitation of the woman.

I don’t remember what I wanted, but I do remember the event and the impression it made on me.

If God leads you to try this, please be bold enough to reach out to the Savior with whatever need you may have.

Jesus Interrupted

The continuation of this episode in Jesus’ life reveals how he was willing to be interrupted.

Luke 8.45-46 Then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?”

When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.”

But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.”

Jesus could have kept on walking. After all, he was on his way to save a little girl from death.

Instead, he was willing to be interrupted by a woman who as a “nobody” in the community.

The good news is that no one is a “nobody” to God. Jesus felt healing power leave his body and he was happy to stop and celebrate a woman’s healing.

Stories like this one remind us of our importance to God. When we despair of our significance, let’s remember that we important to the Greatest Being of All.

Faith Expressed

Jesus stopped to celebrate two things: (1) the woman’s healing and (2) the woman’s faith.

Luke 8.47-48When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling;

And falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

There is a pattern in the Gospel of Luke: promise + fulfillment + response.

The promised kingdom of God is present on earth. A response is called for.

The woman responded in faith. With fear and trembling, she declared what the King of the kingdom had done for her.

Her response made her well and granted her shalom.

Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace. It involves the kind of well-being that only God can give a human.

When Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10.10), he pictured the meaning of shalom.

God’s peace is the full and abundant life that he alone can give.

More Than A Study

I hope you will go beyond studying this passage. I pray that you will take the needs you have and boldly bring them before the Lord like this woman did.

Reach out and grasp what he has for you. He is willing to be interrupted. You can touch him through prayer, and experience his love, grace, and peace.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I have a YouTube video on this passage. Rudy adds many insights to a very valuable Bible passage.

The video can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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