J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

Jesus Risk

risk blocksThe crowd was pressing in around Jesus even more than usual today, but she had to see him, touch him.  But the crowd wasn’t the problem.  The pain in her stomach was doubling her over and keeping her from even getting close.  The final push sent her to her knees, and she knew she couldn’t stand up even if she wanted.  But there was her hope.  She could get to Jesus easier on hands and knees than fighting the crowd.  So, she crawled.

What would Jesus do when she touched his garment?  It didn’t matter.  She was in so much pain and so alone.  She had no friends because they all feared touching her and being made unclean.  She had no money because she spent all of it on doctors and that hadn’t worked.  No one in the synagogue would help her either.  Becoming unclean is not good for a holy man.  But what would this holy man do?  It was worth the risk.  She clung to his garment for a brief eternity and started to pull away.

Suddenly, something happened.  Her stomach no longer hurt and her bleeding stopped.   Could this be possible?  Before she could even consider it, she heard Jesus say loud enough for the whole crowd to hear, “Who touched me?  Power has come out of me.”

The thought of what would happen now was even more frightening than the consideration of what might happen if she touched him.  If he is so powerful that touching his clothes can heal, what could he do if he was angry?  Either way, the risk was worth it; I won’t be hurting anymore.

Jesus looked at the women.  He lent a hand to help her up and said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.”

“Daughter,” she thinks, “He called me daughter?  I haven’t had a friend much less a family in twelve years.”  She begins to think through the painful years of her past.  She had risked everything, but it was worth it.  The faith she placed in everything else had been misguided, but this faith, this risk, was worth it.  Every risk is faith; every faith is risk, but finally, finally, she had found the risk worth taking.

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September 12, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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