“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17
For my Bible time I have been reading in the book of Luke, and the other day I came across Luke 8:43-48 which says, “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, ‘Who touched Me?’ When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, ‘Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say who touched Me?’ But Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched Me, for I percieved power going out from Me.’ Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.'”
This woman was in a desperate condition. Her bleeding made her ceremonially and socialy unclean. According to the Jewish laws of the time, if this woman touched anyone, she gave them her uncleanness, and they would not be allowed to participate in any kind of worship ceremony. So in this time period, it was a big deal for her to touch someone, especially Jesus. But, notice in verse 44 that when she touched the hem of His garment, her blood flow, that no doctor had been able to cure, was immediately healed. Instead of making Jesus unclean by touching Him, she was made whole by Jesus. When we come to Jesus with our sins and lay them upon Him, it doesn’t make Him a sinner, but it makes us clean. Jesus truly is the Great Physician!
“Who touched Me?” This was the question Jesus asked. But why ask that? Because this was more than just a human touching another human. This was a desperate woman with a uncurrable sickness who reached out in faith and touched Jesus; believing that He was the only one who could heal her. Jesus didn’t feel the touch, He felt the faith. This is why He asked that question. He wanted to bring her forward to encourage and strengthen her faith by saying, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” When we reach out in faith and accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, He makes us into a new creation. Through our faith in Him, we are made whole.