The message was brought by Rev. James Childers.
No chapter in the Bible portrays the lordship of Jesus any more than Mark 5. Jesus had gotten off the boat from the Sea of Galilee. He passed by a cemetery where a wild man lived among the tombs. He made his way to Jesus, and the next thing we see is him sitting at the feet of Jesus clothed and in his right mind. Jesus is Lord over the demons and the devil. He still is. Every time a sinner is saved, Jesus is Lord over the devil.
Jesus traveled on and met a woman with an issue of blood. Jesus is Lord over disease. If you can have it, the Lord can heal it. Jesus was on his way to Jairus’ house because his daughter was sick. The girl died, but Jesus brought her back to life. He’s Lord over death. I’m glad I know the Lord of Lord and the King of Kings.
Mark 5: 25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years…42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
Get the picture of this woman. For 12 years she fought a battle against illness. For 12 years things looked hopeless. I’ve had issues, but I’ve never had one for 12 years. That’s a long time. She tried all she could but grew worse. After losing blood for 12 years it was a miracle she was still alive. There were no transfusions back then. It seemed like she had a death sentence. She had lost her recognition. Her name is not mentioned. She is only mentioned as “a certain woman.” Many other names are mentioned in this chapter, but she was thought of through her sickness rather than as an individual.
We are all known by what we do and how we act. We’ll all done it or seen it done. Someone can’t think of a person’s name so we say “oh, you know who I mean. It’s that person that never smiles.” Of “that person that talks about everybody.” Or “that man who tries to run things.” That’s how this woman was—the woman who had been sick 12 years. Not only had she lost her recognition, she had lost her relationships. According to the Law in the book of Leviticus she could touch no one and no one could touch her. Her husband couldn’t touch her or even sit where she sat. Her friends were gone. She was a defiled woman. The doctors couldn’t help her, so alone she was an outcast with no friend and family contact. She couldn’t hold the kids or grandkids.
Not only had she lost her recognition and her relationships, she had lost her resources. She was broke. She had gone to every doctor she could and tried every cure she could. She had no money left. Religion failed her. Because of her illness she couldn’t enter a place of worship. Religion puts restrictions on itself and people. It doesn’t work. Salvation does.
Someone told her Jesus was passing by. She had to be weak from loss of blood. She probably didn’t have much time left. She made up her mind to get to Christ. As long as people have options they won’t go to Christ. Even Christians are guilty of that. When the options are gone, there is one answer left. His name is Jesus. It was against the Law for her to touch anybody. It was against the Law for Jesus to touch her. She said she just needed to get close enough to touch the hem of his garment.
Jesus was passing by on his way to Jairus’ house. The woman had to chase him down, a job in her condition. She mustered up the strength and grabbed the hem of his garment. That’s the lowest part of a garment. She had to get low. You and I did too. We have to get down humbly before him admitting we’re not worthy and touch him. The woman felt something in her body. I believe in a salvation that comes with a feeling. It feels good to be saved. She didn’t touch Jesus, only something that was connected to him. Sometimes if you don’t feel you can get where you need to be, get to something or someone else to help you. I’ve been down and out and heard a song on the radio that God has touched and cried like a baby. I’ve been touched by another preacher’s sermon, by someone’s testimony. How long has it been since you prayed for or hugged someone who was having a hard time. Have you ever done that? We get so wrapped up in our own problems that we think other don’t have any. Everyone needs a word of encouragement once in a while. Let’s not be too hard hearted to do it. This woman got bad news for 12 years until she touched something that touched Jesus. I’m not selling prayer cloths or water from the Jordon River. I’m just saying be touched and used by God.
Someone told Jesus that Jairus’ daughter was now dead. He went to her anyway. He touched her. He left one generation and went to another. Jairus’ daughter would have been born the year the woman got sick. Young people are losing interest in the church. They have different ideas, and the devil is luring them away. Many flock to “churches” that are a mere religion that goes through the motions. There is no preaching against sin. They aren’t told to dress right. Don’t say you’d rather have them there than not in church. That’s a trick of the devil. It’s time to see Jesus as the one for all generations.
If you have problems to face and decisions to make, get someone and come to Jesus.