Luke 8:42-48 & John 9:6-7
Two stories about two of the people that were touched and healed by Jesus.
First let’s look at the woman with the issue of blood. (Luke 8:42-48)
We all know the story of how this woman with a bleeding issue thought to herself that if she could just touch the hem of the garment worn by Jesus she would be healed. How she did so and received healing immediately, and how as soon as she did touch him power went out from him.
How Jesus stopped and turned to the crowd with everyone around and made a heart stopping question, “Who touched me?” Then have his disciples say to him, “Holy cow with all of these people around they are all crowding in.
But Jesus knew and he said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."
The key phrase here is not that someone touched him; it was that POWER had gone out from him.
The power of heaven was on Jesus and that is why he was able to perform great miracles. The power of God was moving in him and when the woman touched him because of her faith that she would be healed the power touched her and made her whole.
It wasn’t the touching of his garment that healed the woman; it was the power that was in Jesus that healed her. It was a mighty touch of God that flowed out from him.
She had the faith to know, not just believe, but to know that the power was there and that was what healed her.
Next let’s look at the blind man in John 9:6-7.
Here was a man who was born blind and had never seen. He hears that Jesus is coming and he begins to cry out for him to heal him.
First let’s examine how did he know that this man Jesus could heal him? Second, he could not see and had nothing to go on but what others had said.
Like the woman with the issue of blood, faith is what caused him to cry out. Faith, that Jesus was the Messiah, and that he was the great healer. He did not need to see to know that because he could hear it in his footsteps. He could sense the power that was within him (Jesus).
Notice what Jesus did to heal this man. He picked up some clay, and then he spit in it and mixed it all up and then put it on the man’s eyes. Seems like a strange thing to do for a healing?
In Jewish customs, spitting in the eye or spittal as they say it is medicinal and usually considered to have some healing benefits.
Contrary to what people take away from this process of healing, it was not the mud that healed the eyes, it was the power of God and when Jesus touched his eyes that is when he was healed. The rest of the process of the mud on the eyes and the washing in the pool of Siloam were so that others around could see and witness the healing.
It is the power of God that heals and not the laying on of hands or the touch of another person or the anointing with oil. It is totally the power of God working in you and in the person ministering to you.
You cannot be healed if the power of God does not touch you. You can go through all of the processes and procedures you want, but unless God touches you, you are not changed.
The woman with the issue of blood understood the awesome power of God as did the blind man. It was their faith that saw them through.
When you pray know that God hears you and if you know that he hears you then whatever you ask in his name will be yours.(1John 5:15) Healing, in the Name of Jesus.