Wow! This is one of my all-time favorite healing passages in the Bible.
Mark 5:25-34 (KJV) 25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Let’s break it down into bite-size pieces:
1 – [vs25] A certain woman indicates that this is about an actual woman, not a generic parable.
2 – [vs 26] She was in desperate straits:
a – Having spent all she had on doctors but didn’t get any better. In fact, she got worse!
3 – [vs 27] Now we see that she had heard of Jesus. Just what did she hear?
a – That He went around doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. The blind received their sight, the deaf received hearing, the lame walked, and even the dead were raised! So guess what she believed—that she could get in on the healing!
4 – [vs 27-28] Next we see her headed toward Jesus because she believed that if she could get to Him and just touch his clothes, she would get healed.
a – She even said that to herself and I believe she kept saying it and kept getting closer and closer to Jesus when she finally reached out and touched His clothes.
Mark 5:28 (AMP) 28 For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.
One meaning of the Greek word for said is saying which indicates that she kept saying, “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.”
5 – [vs29] Then, praise the Lord, her blood flow stopped and she felt in her body that she was healed of the plague that had gripped her for twelve years.
Without going into much detail, know for sure that this was a very courageous woman because it was against Jesus law for her to mingle out in public.
6 – [vs 30] Now we see Jesus question the disciples about someone touching Him because He felt the power flow out of Him. However, it didn’t affect anyone but this woman. Why? Because her faith activated the healing anointing in Jesus and caused the manifestation in her body.
7 – [vs 34] Notice that Jesus didn’t say it was His power that healed her, which it actually was, but He said it was her faith because without her faith reaching out, the power wouldn’t have flowed and the woman would not have gotten healed!
This is such an awesome example of how we too can receive healing for our bodies. Let’s look at the progression of steps:
- She heard about Jesus and what He was doing–
- She said and kept saying what she wanted–
- She believed what she was saying–
- She reached out and took her healing!
That’s exactly what we’re to do. The healing is already here – bought and paid for by the Blood of the Lord Jesus. We need to reach out and take it and be made whole!
Here’s another passage where Jesus told Bartimaeus that it was his faith that made him whole:
Mark 10:46-52 (KJV) 46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.