Sermon #20 Series: Mark
Title: "Who Touched Me?"
Text: Mark 5:21-34
Subject: The Healing Of The Woman With An Issue Of Blood
Date: Sunday Evening - May 11, 1997
Tape # T-69
Mark 5:21-23 "And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. (22) And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, (23) And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live."You can imagine the excitement of this crowd. Here is a man, who claims to be Godís Messiah, the Christ, God incarnate. Everyone knows his claim; but he has begun to back it up and substantiate it by doing things that no one else could possibly do. In Gadara, the devils themselves were constrained to publicly acknowledge him as the Lord their God, who had absolute power over them. Now, he is going to heal a young girl, whose father was a very prominent citizen in the community. This little girl was at the point of death. Everybody wanted to see the miracle. They followed the Lord as closely as possible, pressing him as he walked along. Everyone was excited. Everyone was curious. Everyone was filled with anticipation. As they moved along, a poor, bent, anemic woman, a woman who had been plagued with an issue of blood for twelve, long, tormenting years, made her way through the crowd. I can picture her. She must not let herself be seen. She is unclean! She has no right, by law o even be in the streets. But she is dying. She has heard about the Lord Jesus. No one else could help her. She had tried everything imaginable. Yet, she believed that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the Christ, the Son of God. She said, "If I could just touch the hem of his garment, I am sure, he would make me whole." So she crawled through the thronging crowds until she got close. Then, weak and trembling, she stretched out her hand in faith, and touched the Lord Jesus. As soon as she touched him, the Lord Jesus stopped dead in his tracts. He felt virtue, power and efficacy, go out of him. Therefore, he turned around and said, "Who touched me?" The disciples said, "Youíve got o be kidding. With all these people around, you are asking, ĎWho touched me?í" Then, the Master said, "Somebody touched me!" Letís read the story together.
Mark 5:24-34 "And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. (25) And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, (26) And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, (27) When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. (28) For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. (29) And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. (30) And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? (31) And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? (32) And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. (33) But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. (34) And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
Proposition: As this poor woman was immediately healed of her plague when she touched the Lord Jesus, so sinners are freed from the curse of the law and the guilt of sin as soon as they touch the Lord Jesus Christ by faith.
Divisions: As we look at these verses tonight and consider the events recorded here by divine inspiration, I want to call your attention o five things.
Religion without Christ will never help you. It will only put you in a worse condition.
Mark 5:24-27 "And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. (25) And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, (26) And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, (27) When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment."People profess faith in Christ for many reasons. They claim to follow him for many reasons. People come to church fo a lot of reasons.
Reach out and touch the Lord, as He passes by.
Youíll find Heís not too busy to hear your heartís cry.
Heís passing by this moment, your needs to supply.
Reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by!
Mark 5:34 "And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."There are several things here which ought to catch our attention. Many reading this story miss the most important aspects of it. They put all the emphasis upon the woman. Inspiration puts the emphasis on the woman only as the recipient of mercy and benefactor of grace. But in so far as the act of mercy and the work of grace is concerned, the emphasis must be placed upon the Savior. This woman was made whole in exactly the same way every sinner saved by the grace of God is made whole. She was made whole by a fivefold work of God almighty.
The grace of God is not verbally mentioned in the text; but it is written all over it. Grace had chosen "a certain woman." Grace caused Jesus to pass her way. Grace caused her to here about him. And grace gave her faith and wrought faith in her.
The arm of Godís omnipotent, almighty, irresistible power brought this thing to pass exactly according to his everlasting purpose of love and grace toward this chosen sinner. The virtue that went out of the Savior to this woman was his own omnipotence.
Application: Let this be a point of personal self-examination for each of us. Is my faith real? Do I really believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? Is this gift of God mine?