When Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” Luke 8:50
Jesus is very holistic in His approach to mankind. A good example of this is found in Luke 8, when He healed a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years.
It’s hard to imagine how she maintained her hope for healing, especially with the stigma that accompanied her illness. Unclean according to Jewish law, she probably was forced to live outside the city gates, away from family and friends.
Her need for love and acceptance was overshadowed by the cruelty of Jewish tradition. Anyone who touched her was in turn considered unclean. The portrait Christ gives us is one of abundant mercy and grace. Not only did He heal her physical disease, but He healed her spiritually and emotionally as well. In no way was He repulsed by her sickness.
No matter how complex and disillusioning life may appear, Jesus refuses to turn His back on you. The woman in today’s text believed if she could stretch out her hand far enough to touch the hem of His outer garment, she would be healed. What faith she had!
In His compassion, Christ turned to her and said: “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace” (Luke 8:48 NASB). Jesus met her deeper need, and He will do the same for you as you have a divine encounter with Him.
I thank You, Lord, that You meet my deepest spiritual and emotional needs.