Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” – Mark 5:30
25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding.
26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse.
27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe.
28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him . . ..
32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it.
33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done.
34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
The modern electric battery transforms chemical energy into electricity. Batteries are devices which are used to supply electric power. There used to energize electrical devices such as flashlights, mobile phones, and electric cars. A battery is a collection of one or more cells whose chemical reactions create a flow of electrons in a circuit. All batteries are made up of three basic components: an anode (the ‘-’ side), a cathode (the ‘+’ side), and some kind of electrolyte (a substance that chemically reacts with the anode and cathode).
In 1748, Benjamin Franklin first coined the term “battery” to describe an array of charged glass plates. The first true battery was invented by the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta in 1800. The first commercially successful dry cell battery (zinc-carbon cell) was invented in 1881 by Carl Gassner. In 1901, Thomas Edison invented the alkaline storage battery.
The Lord Jesus Christ is both perfect humanity and undiminished deity. He has all of the characteristics and attributes of deity. Life as a creative and sustaining force is one of them. That same life force which was used to create all that is resides within the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
In the Gospels, the Lord Jesus Christ performed a myriad of signs and wonders. Frequently, He did so with the few spoken words, a prayer, or touch. What was the source of his healing power? The Lord Jesus Christ was a living battery of sorts. Within Him, was the energy of life itself. The same life force that was used to create all that exists is within Him. We get a slight glimpse of this from the story of the woman suffering from a discharge of blood. As she reached out and touched His garment, His life force flowed from Him to her and she was immediately healed.
Imagine what it was like for this poor, hopeless woman to suffer from an incurable disease. She already spent all the money she had, employing all of the medical cures available at the time. They only made the situation worse. After hearing about Jesus, she sought Him out. She thought to herself, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” She approached in the crowd from behind and touched His cloak. And immediately the flow of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
REFLECT & PRAY
The healing that comes from the Father is purposeful and often selective. The miracle-working power of the Lord Jesus Christ confirmed His identity as the Messiah of Israel. The miracle of Mark 5:25-34 is an exception to the general rule. In this case, the woman’s faith was the key to her miraculous restoration.
Father the power of life abides in You. I believe, help my unbelief.
Under the Law of Moses, on account of her condition, she was in ceremonially unclean (Leviticus 15:25-28). As such any physical contact with her would render other people unclean. Therefore, she was not permitted to be in public without making people aware that she is unclean. By touching Jesus’ garment, she technically renders Him ceremonially unclean (Leviticus 15:19-23).
But the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Law. He is greater than any purity laws. Rather than becoming unclean by contact, He makes her clean through the power of life bursting out from within Him.
The Lord Jesus was well aware of the power within Him and would discharge it as needed. He could feel it pulsating within and going out from Him. In this case, the flow of power was automatic without His conscious control.
He searched for the woman of faith. The woman was fearful and awed. The Greek word rendered fear is phobeomai which means fear, awe, or reverence. She came forth and identified herself. She fell down before Him and told the Lord Jesus Christ the whole truth. She was a woman of great faith and now sincere gratitude.
The Lord Jesus Christ said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease” (Mark 5:34).