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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:25-27 NLT —  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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 11:28
  • Ephesians 2:17-22
  • 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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