Today's verses are Mark 5:25,26: "And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse." The throngs followed Jesus. His teachings, exorcisms and healings motivated many to follow him. In these verses, Jesus is heading toward Jairus' house (see yesterday's blog). Jairus had approached Jesus asking, begging, imploring him to come to his house and heal his little daughter who was at the point of death. We see the broken heart of a father living in a broken world where he worst of tragedies was staring him in the face: the potential death of his young daughter.
On the way, there is a woman in the crowd. Her brokenness is beyond words. She had been experiencing a continual, incessant discharge of blood. It had lasted for twelve, long, agonizing years. Many physicians had tried to heal her but she suffered much. The condition never abated. Moreover, she had spent everything she had to try and be healed, all to no avail.
On account of this problem, she is also ceremonially unclean. She is not even permitted to enter the part of the temple reserved for women. If she is in public, she must let everyone around her know that she is ceremonially unclean. Was she yelling this out as she approached Jesus? If anyone touched her, they would become ceremonially unclean too. Bottom line: she was an outcast.
She was physically exhausted. She was in pain. She was broke. She had no hope. Her life was totally broken.
There is brokenness everywhere. We live in a very fallen world. Little girls get sick and die. Women get diseases and suffer. People spend thousands of their savings when ill, often to no avail. Of course, the same is true of men, and people of all ages. The world is broken. It is not working as God intended. Sin has ransacked God's once perfect order. Creation is groaning for the day of redemption.
That day will come. Jesus inaugurated it when he entered human history in a stable in Bethlehem. His cross and resurrection assure us all that his second coming, that wonderful day of redemption, will come.
While on this earth, Jesus walks amidst the brokenness. He moves toward healing a little girl. He lets an unclean woman touch him (we'll see this in greater detail tomorrow). Many others are healed. Demons are exorcised. He teaches of the Father's eternal love for his creation. His kingdom has come. And one ne day he will return and finish his work.
Until that day, Jesus' followers are supposed to be his hands and feet. We are to walk amidst the brokenness of this world and heal as we are able. We are to touch others and tell them of the Father's eternal love. We are to care for the outcast in our society. We are to be living monuments of God's love.
It is a broken world. This brokenness is everywhere. It won't last forever. Until then we are Jesus' hands and feet in a very broken world.
Come soon, Lord Jesus!