Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Matthew 9:18-26

Jesus turned, and seeing her he said. “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. (v. 22)

Let’s give the woman a name. Rachel had a menstrual bleeding problem that would not stop—for twelve long years. Not only did the loss of blood sap her energy, but it also made her ritually unclean before the law. She desperately needed one thing: healing.

Rachel was determined to receive healing from Jesus, even though she should not even be out in public. She believed Jesus could heal her, even if all she did was touch the hem of his garment. And she was right: Jesus did heal her.

Yesterday we noted that the Greek verb used for save can mean “rescue,” as in rescue from danger. This same word has a second meaning, “to heal.” In other words, the word save contains two pictures that help us understand Jesus’ work.

We all stand unclean before God’s law. Like Rachel, we need healing. And like Rachel, if we believe in Jesus and reach out to touch the hem of his garment, we will be healed of our spiritual disease. We will be saved from sin and be given the gift of eternal life.


Thank you, Jesus, for your healing power. I believe in you, so please heal me of my spiritual sickness. Save me from my sin. Amen.