If Jesus asked you
Who is the one who touched me?
SCC 11/13/11 Luke
INTRODUCTION The gospels in every teaching and in every episode teach
something about Jesus and something about how his disciples should live.
1. People in desperate
situations require Jesus supernatural ability for remedy 42-44
The reason for requesting on behalf of his daughter is that
she is near death.
The reason for Jarius entreaty is his only daughter is dying v 40-41. A 12
year old girl would be approaching marriageable age and entering the prime of
life for a child bearing woman. But the precious daughter is not well.
But now as he went
the crowds pressed him.
Jesus decides to go but
has an encounter that delays his progress and adds to the drama related to the
girl’s sickness. He just learns she is beginning to die or near death. But as a
result of the following delay she dies v 49. Lessons here:
1. Hoping God can work;
interruptions and delays can make all seem to be lost.
2. God will do his work in
his own timing. One can be amazed at how God works and the timing he uses.
3. God’s ability to work must
be relied upon even when interruptions and delays make it hopeless.
(Here Luke sets the stage
for the miracle of the woman with the issue of blood. The crowds of people in
both vs 40 and 42 are pressing him. The crowds are
crushing Jesus. There are many demands upon his time, schedule, and energy. Jesus
ministry is well documented.)
and a woman who had a hemorrhage for 12 years
was unable to be healed by anyone.
Apparently some type of
female hemorrhage is a source of continual embarrassment. Her sensitive
condition might explain her hesitancy to ask Jesus publicly for help. Specific
efforts had been made to treat her but no one could. Mark 5:26 notes that she
had suffered at the hands of physicians and spent all her money. She was worse
not better as a result. The point is that
she had suffered this condition for a long time and could not get help.
she came up behind him (aorist ptc)
Her approach from behind
is an attempt at trying to avoid any public action and to remain inconspicuous
due to her issue of blood and her uncleanness.
she touched the fringe of his garment (aorist mid)
immediately her hemorrhage stopped. (aorist
She is immediately healed
of something she had for years, embarrassed and unclean, that no one could
solve for her. Years of agony and embarrassment are reversed in one brief
touch. So coming to Jesus when in desperate straits pays off because he has the
power to address the need. When you become desperate enough—when you believe
your need to defeat sin is total and not partial then you will come to God in
faith and mobilize God to powerfully act.
2. Desperate people
approach Jesus believing he has power to address their distressing need 45-46
and Jesus said, ‘who touched me?’ (aor
If he did know, then the
point was to bring this woman to publicly and openly confess her immediate
healing before all. She knew that he knew in v 47 and her worst nightmare had
come true. Jesus knew what had happened and she would have to speak.
But while all were
denying it Peter said (pres mid)
Master the crowds are pressing you (pres act)
are jostling. (pres act)
Peter and the disciples
are amazed at Jesus request given the size and press of the crowd. This is the
same word used to refer to pressing grapes. Peter is incredulous. It is clear
that this woman’s touch felt different from the pressing crowd’s and distinct
from the jostling they provided.
But Jesus said
‘someone touched me’
Jesus continues to press
the issue. Even though Peter’s question does make sense, this was not a normal
touch, since power had left him. Power for Luke is at the heart of what Jesus
possesses in his relationship with the Father. This power is on display and it
authenticates who he is.
For Here is the
reason he knew someone had touched him in a special way.
because he was aware ‘power had gone out of me’. (perf
ptc) FRONT GROUND PROMINENCE
The emphasis of the story
is the power flowing from Jesus to heal. This is the point Luke wishes us to
see. Throughout Jesus ministry the desire to touch Jesus and be healed was
common (Mt 14:36 & Mk 6:56; Mk 3:10 & Luke 6:19). To touch his clothes
was to have access to his power. Jesus possesses power and unique authority. Jesus
has power and its display provides the opportunity for people to see God!
3. Desperate enough
to approach Jesus by faith will mobilize Christ to meet your need 47-48
But when the woman
saw (aor ptc)
that she had not escaped notice
came trembling (aor act)
before him declared before all why she touched him (aor ptc)
how she was immediately healed. (aor pass)
Jesus persistence causes
her to realize her actions were not hidden as she had hoped. She has been found
out and her emotions get the best of her. First,
she seems quite ready to tell her story once it is clear Jesus knows. Second, the testimony of Jesus
miraculous work on her behalf flows freely. She tells all and notes her immediate
healing. Faith has broken through timidity and embarrassment and has openly
declared Jesus act before all present.
But he said to her,
Daughter, your faith has healed you (perf act) FRONT GROUND PROMINENCE
Jesus affirms and
encourages the fearful woman addressing her as daughter. He declares that her
faith has brought her into salvation. The true people of God are being drawn to
Jesus. Faith believes God’s capability to deliver through Jesus; belief in the
spiritual action and power of the Almighty God. She is now to depart knowing
that her relationship to God is restored. Peace here is a state that exists
between the woman and God because of her faith. Such assurance for a woman who
had been ceremonially unclean for 12 years would bring great comfort and
1. These stories attest to Jesus power over forces from
without (demons) or within (disease).
2. Faith, even timid faith, has significance mobilizing the
power of God. While careful not to draw attention to herself she also knew
Jesus could heal her. She eventually relied upon him.
3. Jesus is worthy of one’s trust as the Son of God because
his power as God is absolute.
4. Without supernatural power Jesus is only a man and unable
to deliver anyone from anything. Luke testifies that Jesus is also God able to
deliver even desperate people in desperate need.