Matthew 8:14-34, Mark 4-5: Faith Makes Well

One of the most beautiful examples of faith in the Bible is found in Mark chapter 5. As the story goes, Jesus is on His way to heal an official’s daughter when He is mobbed by people. With the crowd pressing in against Him, He poses an unusually question. He says: “Who touched me?”

This is an odd question to be sure. Everyone is touching Him. But this touch is different. This touch is from someone in great need, a woman who has been bleeding for years. Mark gives us the internal process of this hurting and outcast woman. She thinks: “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” She was right of course. One ouch of the hem of Jesus’ robe results in her complete healing.

When Jesus confronts this woman, He says to her: “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Your faith has made you well.

Those are sweet and strong words. They reveal the power of faith and the faithfulness of God. This woman had such powerful faith that her belief in Jesus was the reason why she was healed. She believed, and God was faithful to heal her.

This passage tells us that faith is a two way street. It involves our belief in God’s power and God’s power worked out in love. Jesus coud have refused to heal her, but God does not turn away those who respond to Him in faith.

I pray for this kind of faith. It’s the kind that moves mountains. It moves the very heart of God. It’s the faith of a child. It’s not blind. It sees clearly that God really does move and heal and raise up and save.

And the best part is, God gives this faith to those who ask.

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