What Jesus Did! 'Heard About Jesus' — Mark 5:25-27

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A woman was there among the people. This woman had been bleeding for the past twelve years. The woman suffered very much. Many doctors tried to help her. All the money she had was spent. But she was not improving. Her sickness was becoming worse. The woman heard about Jesus. So she followed Jesus with the people and touched his coat.
— Mark 5:25-27
Illustration of Mark 5:25-27 —  So she followed Jesus with the people and touched his coat.

Key Thought

Jairus (whom we met in the preceding verses) was a man and this is a woman. Jairus was a religious leader and the woman couldn't practice her faith openly because of her problem. He was powerful, but she was poor and destitute because of her illness. While on the opposite end of the spectrum from Jairus, the woman is in the same position—she needs the Lord and the Lord loves her. Both of these very different people demonstrate their faith in the Lord and take risks to get his help. They weren't disappointed in the result. So what makes it so hard for us to demonstrate our need for the Lord and to take risks to draw closer to him? Let's use the example of this woman and Jairus as our invitation to leave stale and fearful faith behind and reach after the Lord Jesus!

Today's Prayer

O God, the Almighty, give me courage, strength, and boldness to live my faith, dependence, and need for Jesus openly before others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus went in the boat back across to the other side of the lake. There, many people gathered around him by the lake. A leader of the synagogue came to that place. His name was Jairus. Jairus saw Jesus and bowed down before him. Jairus begged and begged Jesus. He said, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her. Then she will be healed and will live." So Jesus went with Jairus. Many people followed Jesus. They were pushing very close around him. A woman was there among the people. This woman had been bleeding for the past twelve years. The woman suffered very much. Many doctors tried to help her. All the money she had was spent. But she was not improving. Her sickness was becoming worse. The woman heard about Jesus. So she followed Jesus with the people and touched his coat. The woman thought, "If I can touch his clothes, that will be enough to heal me." When the woman touched his coat, her bleeding stopped. The woman felt that her body was healed from the suffering. And Jesus felt power go out from him. So he stopped and turned around. Then he asked, "Who touched my clothes?" The followers said to Jesus, "There are many people pushing against you. But you ask, 'Who touched me?'" But Jesus continued looking for the person that touched him. The woman knew that she was healed. So she came and bowed at Jesus' feet. The woman was shaking with fear. She told Jesus the whole story. Jesus said to the woman, "Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace. You will have no more suffering."

Mark 5:21-34

Related Scripture Readings

"Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

Christ came and preached peace to you people (non-Jews) who were far away {from God}. And he preached peace to the people (Jews) who were near {to God}. Yes, through Christ we all have the right to come to the Father in one Spirit. So now you {non-Jews} are not visitors or strangers. Now you are citizens together with God's holy people. You belong to God's family. You believers are like a building that God owns. That building was built on the foundation that the apostles and prophets prepared. Christ himself is the most important stone in that building. That whole building is joined together in Christ. And Christ makes it grow and become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Christ you people are being built together with the other people (the Jews). You are being made into a place where God lives through the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:17-22

God decided to let his people know that rich and glorious truth. That great truth is for all people. That truth is Christ himself, who is in you. He is our only hope for glory.

Colossians 1:27

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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