When we read through the accounts of Jesus we may not initially understand what he was up to. For example, this week I was sharing around Mark 5 (the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years) and how when she had received healing by touching Jesus's cloak, Jesus wanted to know who had touched him. At first glance it may seem that Jesus is drawing attention to this unnamed woman that could be embarrassing for her - I mean, why not simply let her go home and enjoy her moment?
The reason why Jesus wants to know who has touched his cloak is not for his sake, but rather for her sake. As David Smith suggests: "she would have lost the chief blessing of her life" if she had simple melted back into the crowd. Jesus understood that she needed more than physical healing only - she needed to know the PEACE of God upon her life and this is what he gives to her. Remember his words?
"Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from her suffering." (Mark 5:34)
Thought: Jesus's ways may not make sense to us at times, but do we trust that He has our best interests at heart?
Living in Grace