2010-02-19 - The Woman in Us All
Now for the three good things about this woman ...
She knew she needed a touch from the master. Only Jesus could help - but only because she had faith. We too need the same healing faith this woman had.
Also she took the first step. She reached out to him. We too must take a step and make that choice. Just knowing he could help didn't heal, her she had to act on that knowledge. She asked the question many have asked "What must I do to be saved?" and she answered herself "I must turn to Jesus." We too must realize our need for Jesus. Perhaps she rose above the crowd leaning far over them stretching to grasp him, or perhaps, she humbly crawled and snaked through the legs of the crowd to reach Him. Her faith was experiential not intellectual (we don't know about God we know God)
Experiential Faith (from the Evidence Bible by Ray Comfort, p. 360) Our faith isn't intellectual; it is experiential. We don't know about God, we know Him. At the University of Chicago Divinity School, each year they have what is called "Baptist Day". It is a day when the school invites all the Baptists in the area to the school because they want the Baptist dollars to deep coming in.
On this day each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every " Baptist Day" the school would invite one the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center, One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich, Dr. Tillich spoke for two-and-a-half hours proving that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection, the religious tradition of the Church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.
After about 30 seconds, an old preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium. "Docta Tillich, I got one question," he said as all eyes turned toward him. He reached into his lunch sack and pulled out an apple and began eating it. "Docta Tillich (crunch, munch), my question is a simple one (crunch, munch). Now I ain't never read them books you read (crunch, munch), and I can't recite the Scriptures in the original Greek (crunch, munch), I don't know nothin' about Niebuhr and Heidegger (crunch, munch)." He finished the apple. "All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate-was it bitter or sweet?"
Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion: "I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted your apple." The white-haired preacher dropped the apple core into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, " Neither have you tasted my Jesus."
The 1,000-plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers. Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him" (Psalm 34:8). It has been well said, "The man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument."
And the last thing to notice about this woman is that she was instantly healed. She didn't have to work for it. We don't have to work for our salvation either. Jesus told her that her faith made her whole. He did not say that if she lost sight of him that the issue would return. Once he saves us from our sin nature we are saved for good although we may still stumble and commit sins at times.
Next time we'll examine the one greater than us all
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted