From Him to You

         Evangelist Kim Heidelberg delivered a masterful, anointed message at a women’s retreat I attended. She preached about the woman with the issue of blood, a story I’ve heard many, many times. In short, this woman had suffered with her illness for 12 long years. She’d seen every possible doctor, had spent all her money, and got worse instead of better. When she heard Jesus was coming to town, she ventured one more try. Mark5:27-34 takes up the story:

  •  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
  • And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
  • And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
  • And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
  • But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (KJV)

           Evangelist Heidelberg asked, “How did Jesus pick the woman who touched Him out of the crowd?” An obvious answer we may immediately think would be, “Well, He knew because He’s God.” That’s true; however, the preacher suggested an even more profound thought.

            Notice that “virtue had gone out of him” when the woman touched the hem of His robe. In other words, something from inside of Him passed into her. When Jesus looked around in the crowd, He recognized the woman who touched Him because He saw something of Himself in her.

          What comfort there is in realizing that God knows us! Second Timothy2:19confirms, “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (NKJ). Why is the second part of this verse added? Because when Christ has poured Himself into us (“Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians1:27, KJV), it is our responsibility to keep that image clean and clear.

         Let’s take joy today in knowing that Christ is in us. He can see Himself in us and so can others.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

 

~ by sanewriter on September 25, 2011.

One Response to “From Him to You”

  1. I’ve always loved the amazing faith and courage of that woman. And the remains anonymous, as so many do.

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