What I Read Today:

2 Corinthians 1; Mark 5; Ezekiel 19; Proverbs 5-6; 2 Samuel 19

Mark 5:25-34, “25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” NIV

The woman had reached the end of her rope, and now she had one last hope.  She followed quietly down the crowded street.  The crowd pressing in on her, made her feel claustrophobic. 

Then she caught a glimpse of Jesus.  She had heard the commotion and seen Jairus crying before Jesus.  The crowd slowed a little, and now she was right behind Jesus.  She was ceremonially unclean so that she couldn’t announce herself to Jesus.  The bleeding had gone on so long that she didn’t even remember when it started.  She had nothing to offer this man.  So here she was, standing amid the crowd, with her head covered.

Then she touched him, and her life changed forever.  Nothing would ever be the same.

Have you touched Jesus lately?  When was the last time you had an encounter with your Savior?  Do you keep him on a shelf neatly tucked away?

Reach out this morning and touch the cloak of Jesus.

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