She Touched Jesus

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 9:18-25, 35-38

Was it a gesture of despair, her touching the fringe of His garment? Mark tells us that for years she “had suffered much under many physicians and . . . (still she) . . . got worse.” Her continual hemorrhaging had made her “unclean” among her people. To her shame she was an outcast.

No! Not a gesture of despair. She was reaching out in faith. She could barely see Jesus in the midst of the crushing mob. Reaching Him seemed impossible. Nevertheless, “If I only touch his garment, I shall be made whole.”

How confident she was! And she made it! Jesus was really a stranger to her. She could not have recognized that Rabbi for who He really was the Messiah and the world’s Redeemer.

We know much more about Him than she did. But somehow she knew that He could and would help her. That simple assurance is the inner core of faith. Many who follow Christ can show a faith bolstered by the intellect. But the faith that really matters is fostered by a heart totally surrendered to Him. Such faith has holding power.

Are you willing to touch the hem of His garment “no matter what”? Your life will be transformed if you do.


Lord, now that I see You, help me to reach You so that I may tap Your wonderful power for my body and my soul. Amen.