This message was part of the ‘For Such a Time as This’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Gorton in late 2017. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on Mark 5:24-34
Jesus Heals a Woman
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?'” 32And he looked around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
- The passage describes a lady whose situation was hopeless.
- She had suffered – and was still suffering … financially, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
- She takes a great risk in coming to Jesus. Touching the hem of his coat she is healed.
- She would have been very happy to now quietly leave and get on with her life. But Jesus wants to give her so much more than that. She finds that, in addition to healing, she receives acceptance, encouragement and affirmation. Her ‘I’m desperate’ faith is transformed into a ‘relationship with Jesus’ faith.
No situation is hopeless. No person is a hopeless case. In Jesus there is always hope.