December 30 – A Hopeful Woman

Let’s look at someone who had undeniable hope in Jesus. A woman who had suffered terribly for twelve years. Someone who was isolated and ostracized due to her condition. Someone who was ignored because she was viewed as unclean.

It’s difficult to imagine the desperation she felt, or to truly know her suffering. She had been to doctors and spent all of her money hoping to be cured, but nothing worked. Then she of heard Jesus and hope took hold of her again. She believed He could heal her.

“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.  She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.  When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”  Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.  Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.  He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”” Mark 5:25-34 NIV

This account of the woman who bled for twelve years is also in Luke (8:43-48) and Matthew (9:20-22). It is such a significant story of faith and hope that it was included in three of the four gospels, yet the name of the woman is not mentioned; only her suffering, her courage, her hope, and her belief.

Like He was for the woman who bled, Jesus is our hope. He changes everything. Because of Him we are forgiven. Because of Him we are saved. Because of Him we have eternity. Because of Him hope abounds.

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.  God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.  And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.”  Ephesians 1:18-23

Our song for today is Living Hope by Phil Wickham

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