Having God’s Full Attention

Footsteps of Jesus

Matthew 9:20-22 (English Standard Version)
And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.

Charles Spurgeon was a famous Baptist preacher in the mid- to late-1800s. In his sermon “Good Cheer from Grace Received” he said: “She had such confidence in Christ and such a resolve to put her confidence to the test, that difficulties did not hinder her, nor crowds keep her back. The Savior was in the press — she joined the throng and with a holy boldness mixed with sacred modesty she came behind him, only wishing to touch his garment, or even the fringe of it.”

The Jews attached fringe to their shawls or robes to remind them of God’s Law: “When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do” (Numbers 15:39). The woman does not want to bother Jesus by facing him directly. She doesn’t feel important enough to warrant his full attention. But her faith in his power is so strong that she believes that if she can just manage to touch his robe — or even the the fringe of the robe — she will be healed.

As she reaches out her hand toward Jesus, she receives a far richer blessing than she had ever anticipated. Jesus turns, looks directly at her, sees her need, and blesses her. Her healing comes from faith in Jesus, who is not a reminder of God’s Law like the tassel she touched, but who is the loving fulfillment of the Law in his every word and action.

What is your understanding of the eternal, soul-deep healing God desires for your life?

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