Today we read about the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. I thought it was interesting how many details Mark included regarding her suffering and all of the doctors she had fruitlessly spent her money on. He gives us a pretty clear picture of how her life had been filled with hopelessness and pain and frustration.
But she doesn’t give up. She believes Jesus can heal her. And Jesus does heal her – and tells her that her faith has made her well.
Right after that, Jesus tells Jairus to ‘just have faith’ and his daughter is healed also.
I visualize Jesus walking through the crowds, encouraging them to believe in him, to have faith. Yes, he’s healing people because he cares and he loves them. But the real reason for the healings was to point the way to his Father-to give glory to his Father. So that people at that time who saw it and heard about it would believe and have saving faith.
And so people like us who read about it and hear about it now would also believe and live by faith.
Dear Father, we do believe. Please grow our faith as we take this Journey through your Word together.