I Have No Name (3 of 3)

Would you like to no longer be known as a(n):

  • Drug addict?
  • Dirty old man?
  • Adulterer?
  • Abuser?
  • ISSUE

Are you ready to bring glory to God with your life?

Let’s find who we are as we finish our series “I Have No Name.”

Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. (Mark 5:29)

This woman who had lost her money, friends, family, freedom, and identity to her issue, this woman who experienced twelve years of embarrassment, this woman who developed the faith within her that one touch of Jesus’ robe would heal her issue, finally had her faith and her reality meet face-to-face.   

In this situation the healing was immediate.  There were no special prayers; she didn’t make an appointment with Jesus, nor did she go to him for repeated sessions. Jesus didn’t advertise a huge “healing revival” and intentionally heal her in front of thousands of spectators.

But there was no doubt that she was healed, this woman known as the woman with the issue of blood, no longer had the issue—her issue had stopped.

Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”  (v.30)

There was nothing special about the actual healing (other than being healed).  Though it was Jesus who healed her, the work was done before the touch as she developed the faith within her heart and mind.

This woman knew what she was risking.  Her culture and her religion were against her.  She knew that if she were to be found out that she might be killed for her actions.  She touched many people making them unclean, and due to her reputation that may have developed over the 12 years of town gossip, her perceived issue may have been greater than her real issue.

I think she was hoping to sneak up to him, touch the bottom of his robe, be healed, and sneak back to her home for the past 12 years and anxiously wait for the priest to come and declare her “clean.”

But after the main prayer she had hoped in her heart for twelve years was answered, her worst fear was occurring: Jesus stopped everyone by asking “who touched my robe?”

But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” (v. 32-34)

Can you imagine having had such a serious issue for twelve years that had cost you everything and you are hearing the words “go in peace, your suffering is over.”  Each word in that phrase has so much meaning: GO-IN-PEACE-YOUR-SUFFERING-IS-OVER.

The Learning

I took one verse out of order to apply to our learning for this post.

His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” (v. 31)

The disciples were not crazy with their comment.  There was a large crowd all around Jesus, as in any crowd people most likely were bumping against him, but the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus in a way nobody else there was touching him.

Think about all of the people (the crowd) who attend self-help groups, counseling, Bible studies, and even churches hoping to be healed of their issue, only to continue in the troubles of the issue.

What if you relate to the crowd of people?  What was it that made the woman with the issue of blood special?

  • She developed faith in her mind that Jesus could heal her
  • She developed faith in her heart that Jesus could heal her
  • She didn’t stay in her room saying, “If it is God’s will, I will be healed.”
  • She sought out Jesus
  • She was willing to be embarrassed to be healed
  • She was willing to die, if need be.
  • She was at “rock bottom.”

Are you there?  Are you at rock bottom?

Some healings are immediate and others are not.  Either way, I encourage you:

  • To say in your mind that Jesus can heal your issue
  • Say it until you believe it in your heart
  • Then seek Jesus: read his Word, tell him how you feel, learn to listen to his voice
  • Come out of isolation into community
  • Don’t stop crawling through the crowd until you reach him

It is possible to no longer be known for your issue, but to become known as a man or woman who was changed by God and known as:

  • A man or woman of God
  • A person of faith
  • An inspiration for others
  • A person with integrity

Find your name and your identity in Christ.  If we can help you as you work your way through the crowd to Jesus, contact us and we will do what we can.

I Have No Name! (part 2)

  • Imagine having an issue that kept you isolated from family, friends, and society for 12 years
  • Imagine having tried every medical, homeopathic, and experimental methods of curing your issue over the course of 12 years
  • Imagine for 12 years every thought of yours somehow centered on your issue
  • Imagine the depression you would be feeling after 12 years of only negative results

This is how the woman with the issue of blood may have also felt. You may be thinking, “I don’t have to imagine, I am there right now.”

During the days Jesus walked the earth, there were no newspapers, talk radio shows, television news casts, and Al Gore had yet to develop the internet; however, all of that media does not hold a candle to the greatest broadcast ever, “the rumor mill.”

“She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”” (Mark 5: 27-28)

“She had heard about Jesus”

We are not told what she had heard about a church, a religion, or a philosophy. We are told she heard about “Jesus.”  We do not know for sure what she heard, but we can be sure she had heard about Jesus healing a man with a skin disease called leprosy; about Jesus healing a paralyzed man; and about Jesus healing the deformed hand of a man.

  • She did not allow the source (person or personality of the person), of her information deter her thinking about Jesus.

 “So she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe”

This was a huge decision.  According to her culture and religion, she could be killed for entering a crowd of people and making them “unclean.”  Up to this point she had only risked her money; now she was willing to risk face-to-face embarrassment and most importantly her life.

  • Reaching Jesus was the only thing that mattered to her.

“For she thought to herself”

She had to overcome all of the negative thoughts that have engrained themselves into her daily thought pattern.  She had to overcome the thoughts that none of the professionals could help, so how could a religious guy help?

  • This type of thinking was not just a passing thought for a passing fad; her mental thinking became her “heart” thinking.

“If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

She believed in her heart that if she could reach Jesus and touch something that was touching him, then she would be healed.  She did didn’t think He would just help alleviate the pain or reduce the severity of her issue; she believed the issue would be gone.

  • Doctors “practice” medicine, and many times God allows great medical healings to take place, but Jesus never practiced medicine.  When he decided to heal somebody, they were healed and made whole.

The Learning

  1. We cannot allow how people’s weirdness, fakeness, and hypocrisy taint our perception of Jesus.  We must get to know Him ourselves, and the only way we can do that is by reading the Bible.
  2. Our faith should only be in Jesus, not a particular pastor, church, religion, denomination or anything else.
  3. Real faith is heart faith.  We need to keep telling ourselves what Jesus can do again and again until we believe it in our hearts.
  4. Finally you need to do more than just hear about Jesus, more than believe in your heart, you need to do more than believe Jesus can heal.  You need to believe that Jesus can heal “YOUR issue.”

The woman with the issue of blood crawled through a crowd, overcoming all of her negative thoughts, risking her life, just to touch the dusty and dirty back lower portion of Jesus’ robe.  She was not distracted by her surroundings and she did not hesitate and she did not ask permission.

  • Are you willing to have an attitude like this woman?
  •  Are you willing to come out of isolation and into community with Jesus to be healed of your issue?
  • Stop dwelling in your issue and start crawling to Christ.