2010-02-26 - The Woman in Us All
The One Greater Than Us All
Now let's look at Jesus, the one who is greater than us all.
We see that she went unnoticed by everyone in the crowd but Jesus. He alone noticed her. He notices everyone and cares for all their problems; no problem is too great or too small to give it to him. I'm glad He noticed me. The Bible says He forms us and knows us in the womb and that He loves us (John 3:16). Indeed He even died for me and Jeremiah 29:11 says he has plans for me. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Also notice that Jesus asked who touched me. The disciples just didn't understand. It wasn't Jesus' flesh that was touched; it was His heart. Because of his love for us, our problems are Jesus' problems and He wants to help. Jesus wept over a friend (John 11:35). He felt compassion for a crowd (Matthew 9:36). Even here he was on his way to help a child but paused to help this woman. Jesus is never too busy for us. He is a loving God and wants to help us all.
Jesus gave her more than she asked for. She wanted healing. He gave her perfect healing and eternal life. Many of us just want a ticket to heaven or a get out of hell free card. But, He gives so much more. John 10:10 records Jesus saying He has "come to give life and life more abundant." Life and abundant life - that's peace, love, joy, and more. All the good things in life that money can't buy, He freely gives.
Jesus came to her town just as he comes and knocks on our hearts door. He wants to see us. He wants to heal us. She had to come out to the street. We have to open the door of our heart. Revelation 3:20 - "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." But, when she did; they became family. Notice that Jesus addressed her as daughter. Salvation is adoption into God's family. We become the Father's child.
The Crowd That is Us All
How many of us like the crowd merely bump into Jesus on Sundays or even just bump into him here and there? How many of us take for granted when Jesus touches us? Wouldn't it be better to touch Him and be whole and to thank him for brushing us with his glory? Will we, like the woman, seek our Savior or, like the crowd, overlook all that he offers? Will we see His greatness or will we get so busy that we forget what His touch can do?
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted