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The Woman Who Touched Jesus' Cloak

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Dean Butler

Mark 5:25-34 For 12 years, a woman had been suffering from a severe bleeding disorder. Despite trying every treatment and spending all her money on doctors, she only got worse. Feeling desperate and hopeless, she heard about Jesus and his amazing healing powers. She decided to take a risk and push her way through the crowd to get close to him. When she finally reached out and touched the edge of his cloak, she felt her bleeding stop immediately. Jesus felt the power leave him and turned to the crowd, asking who had touched him. When he found out it was the woman, he looked at her with compassion and said, "You're healed because you have faith in me!"

Mark records the story of a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years. Despite her desperate attempts to find relief through medical treatment, her condition only worsened. Feeling hopeless and exhausted, she heard about Jesus and his miraculous healing powers.

Driven by her desire for healing, the woman made her way to the crowd gathering around Jesus. In a bold and faith-filled act, she reached out and touched the hem of his cloak. According to Jewish tradition, the hem of a garment was considered sacred and could be used as a means of contact with God. The woman believed that if she could touch Jesus' cloak, she would be made well.

Jesus' response to the woman's action is significant. When he feels the power leaving him, he turns to the crowd and asks who has touched him. The disciples are confused and say that everyone is crowding around him, but Jesus knows that someone has touched him with faith. He then looks at the woman and says, "Daughter, your faith has made you well." This statement is remarkable because it acknowledges the woman's faith as the primary means of her healing.

The woman's faith in Jesus' healing power is what ultimately brings her healing. Her action of touching Jesus' cloak is not just a desperate attempt to get close to him, but a deliberate act of faith that trusts in his power to heal.

The story emphasizes the importance of physical touch in this encounter. The woman's touch is not just a physical act, but a symbolic act of faith that bridges the gap between her humanity and Jesus' divinity.

Jesus' response to the woman's touch is not one of shock or anger, but of compassion and understanding. He sees the woman's desperation and acknowledges her faith, which demonstrates his deep empathy for those who are suffering.

This passage also raises important questions about the nature of faith and healing. What does it mean to have faith in Jesus? Is it simply a matter of believing that he can heal us, or is it also about trusting in his character and character? How does our faith impact our understanding of healing and our relationship with God?

Ultimately, this passage reminds us that Jesus is not just a healer who can fix our physical problems, but also a Savior who can heal our spiritual brokenness. It encourages us to have faith in him, even when we are faced with difficult circumstances and uncertain futures.

Fifty years ago, I committed my life to serving the Lord. I hold an associate degree in Christian Education and a bachelor’s degree in Christian Counseling.  I live by 1 Corinthians 9:16, Ephesians 3:7-8, and Colossians 1:28-29. In my retirement, I focus on studying and teaching God’s Word. Besides writing this Blog I maintain 3 Facebook pages dedicated to spreading the Word of God. Email:

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