But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. 43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”
46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.”47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” Luke 8.42-48
Let’s put this story into context. Without understanding background, it is hard to get a true picture of what is going on. Today, I will paint you a picture with words!
Jesus is with His band of followers, in Galilee. His twelve disciples and “certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities — Mary called Magdalene, out of whom came seven demon spirits; also, Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s stewart – let that sink in for a minute; Susanna and many others who provided for Him from their substance (possessions).
A great multitude had gathered and Jesus began teaching by way of parables. Also, Jesus’ mother and brothers came to Him and couldn’t “reach” Him because of the crowd. (Read Luke 8.19-21)
Out of the blue, Jesus says to His people…”Let’s cross over the lake (sea of Galilee).” A lot happens on this sail (read Luke 8.22-25).
They are now across the “lake” and in the Gadarenes, opposite Galilee. (Luke 8.26-39)
Back to Galilee
Jesus and His band of followers got in the boat and sailed back to Galilee, and in the words of Dr. Luke, a multitude welcomed Him.
Wherever Jesus went, a crowd followed. (I wonder if the gossip mill had already spread the news about Jesus and the herd of swine [healing the man of Gadarenes from his legion of demons]?)
Regardless, a crowd was awaiting Him. But, out of that entire throng of people, TWO stand out.
A ruler of the synogogue – an important man – runs to Jesus and falls at His feet and begs Him to go to his home because his daughter was gravely ill.
Someone else is groveling at Jesus’ feet as He moves through the crowd. She is three steps behind Him, staggering. I think I can…I think I can.
Finally, she reaches and touches one of the tassles of His prayer shawl. She freezes in place and realizes she can feel that 12-year flow of menstrual blood instantly dry. At the very same moment, Jesus looks at Peter and asks, “Who touched Me?”
- Not me, said Peter.
- Not me, said John.
- Not me, said James.
- Not me, said the other James.
- Not me, said Andrew.
- Not me, said Judas I.
- Not me, said Simon.
- Not me, said Bartholomew.
- Not me, said Thomas.
- Not me, said Matthew.
- Not me, said Thaddeus.
- Not me, said Philip.
And, together they said, Master, the multitudes throng and press into You and You ask WHO TOUCHED ME? (Luke 8.45)
Flo Knew She Was Found Out
She was trembling, falling down before Him, “It was me, Lord. I have been hemorrhaging for 12 long years. I have been to every doctor and have spent every bit of money I have and NOT ONE could bring healing to me – but as soon as I had the fiber of Your tassel in my hand, Master, I was healed immediately.
Jesus said to Flo
Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Now, go in peace. Luke 8.48
Flo was free. She would no longer be an outcast or a less-than. She met the Master and received healing.
Take-away’s from Flo’s Story
- Never give up.
- Never lose faith.
- Don’t let the crowd deter you.
- Be determined and bold.
- Own your issues.
- Ask for help.
- Nothing is too hard for our good, good Father.