Recently, on a trip to Israel… I came across this artwork and I thought that it was a powerful piece of work. It depicts the woman of Matthew 9 where we read in verses 20-22…
And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.
We know from the gospels of Mark and Luke that this woman had spent all her funds on physicians to no avail… in fact she had suffered at the hands of the physicians.
But, now… Jesus was in town. And this woman’s faith in Jesus’ healing powers was so great that she believed… truly believed… that even indirect contact with Jesus through His garments would be enough to bring about healing.
And she was right.
Jesus is the world’s great Physician. He can and does bring about physical healings- I read of missionaries in remote places seeing first hand the miracle healing power of our Savior.
But, that is not the primary purpose why Jesus- the Son of God, God the Son came 2000 years ago and walked among us. No, His primary purpose was to bring healing due to the sickness of sin. Sin (anything that is displeasing to God) is incurable in our lives and will send everyone to the Lake of Fire that we read in Revelation 20:11-15… unless we reach out and touch the hem of our Saviors garments and ask to be healed and forgiven of our sins. Only Jesus can heal us from sin…sin which separates us from God.
And when we do that… He becomes not only our Great Physician… but also our Lord and our Savior.
This week is Passion week… the trial… the cross… the tomb… and THE RESURRECTION! That was the true purpose of our Saviors left heaven to walk amongst us… to be the perfect atoning sacrifice… the remedy for our incurable sin issue.
If you haven’t been healed and forgiven from sin. The Doctor is in and He is waiting for your visit.