Mark 5:34 says, “He said to her, Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
John Mark, who was closely associated with Peter is believed to have written the gospel of Mark. It is believed that the Gospel of Mark was written in the region of Italy, between 50 and 60 A.D., sometime before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
Here was a lady who suffered from continuous uterine bleeding. She was under the care of numerous doctors, to whom she had paid all her money and given everything she had, but healing was not to be found.
It’s important to note that her condition caused more than physical suffering. This was a Jewish community, and those among whom she was living would have classified her as unclean. She would have had to live in the shadows, wherein, she suffered not only physically, but mentally, spiritually, and socially as well.
According to the World Health Organization, health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being; it is not reduced to the absence of disease.
Health in the OT is described by the Hebrew word salom, which is usually translated peace; soundness, or well-being. In the OT, health consists of wholeness and holiness.
When Jesus speaks about health in the NT, he has more to say about healing. He sees a state of blessedness that incorporates life; the whole being. Health is the complete well-being of a person. It is the right relationship with God, with ones self, and with others.
And so, the lady in our text was excited about the news of Jesus being present in her town. She believed Jesus could heal her by simply touching his clothes.
Her faith was fully vindicated, and on being healed she tried to disappear unnoticed into the crowd. Jesus sensed a release of supernatural power; fully aware of what happen asked that the person responsible come forward.
The woman presented herself and explained her actions; whereupon Jesus commended her for her faith, and assured her that she was free from the aliment she suffered from.
The healing ministry of Jesus Christ is a ministry of redemption; healing brings forgiveness of sin, reconciliation with God, renewal of human relationships, and the promise wholeness when our earthly bodies are exchanged for an imperishable resurrection body.
Lord, you made us. You know more about us than we know about ourselves. The aches and pains in our bodies affect us physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Lord, we try doctors and other healing agents accessible in our communities. We spend our money, and give what we have in pursuit of good health.
Lord, today we turn to you and ask for complete restoration of our health and well-being. We pray and ask for restoration of relationships with our families, neighbors and communities. Father, we thank you that in Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven, and our relationship with you is restored. With the answer to this prayer, we pray that you would grant us to have a servants heart and mind. Bless us, that we might bless others, help us that we might help others and give us peace. In Jesus name. Amen