Hope For The Hopeless

Mark 5:25-27, “And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.”

In Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, and Luke 8:43-48 we read about a certain woman who came to Jesus for help.  This woman, because of the issue that she had, according to Leviticus 15:25, was unclean and would cause anyone or anything she touched to be unclean.  This woman had exhausted herself in her efforts to be healed.  I’m sure she had asked all her family, friends and neighbors for help, but none could help. She had visited many physicians and spent all that she had and “was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse” (Mark 5:26).  Yet, this woman in her state of weakness, despair and discouragement, “When she had heard of Jesus, came” (Mark 5:27). When she arrived to where the Lord was, she saw a large crowd “thronging” the Lord (a large group gathered around compressing something in the center) (Mark 5:31).  The people of the area were there to receive from the Lord or to see what He would do.  The woman, I’m sure may have considered the difficulty she would face to touch the Lord, but her faith and longing desire for His help strengthened her efforts. When she finally got within reach, she touched Him and was immediately healed.  What no one else could do, Jesus did in an instant.  What no amount of money could buy, Jesus did for her without charge.  What no worldly physician could heal, the Great Physician Jesus Christ did in a moment.  The woman, who had no hope for help in this world, found all she needed in the Lord.

 Brothers and sisters in Christ, this portion of scripture from God’s Holy Word has been, is, and will be a great encouragement for God’s little children throughout the generations.  How many of God’s little children give up on finding help for their problems associated with this life.  Whether the troubles be spiritual or physical, God’s children can often find themselves in despair and be ready to give up. Yet, there is still hope in the One Who is hope for the hopeless.  The Lord is mighty to help in our times of need.  If it be His will, there is nothing too hard for Him (Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17,27; Luke 1:37).  Because of his hope in the Lord, Paul would write in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  No wonder David would write, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” Amen!

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