Summary: The woman had a chronic bleeding condition. Quietly and anonymously slipping up behind Jesus in the large crowd, she reached out in faith and touched Jesus’ cloak, expecting to be healed. And she was! Jesus felt the healing power flow from Him. Turning around to see her, He said to the woman, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Jesus hasn’t changed! All who come to Him in faith today can still hear His powerful words of healing and deliverance from sickness, captivities, and afflictions. Get ready to be freed by Jesus!
While on earth, Jesus had an astounding healing ministry. He healed the blind, cured lepers instantly, cast out demons, healed diseases and paralytics, and much more. The four Gospels speak of massive crowds following Him to hear His teaching and to be healed of their various afflictions.
The woman with the chronic bleeding affliction was one of the many that Jesus cured. We know that the Lord had (and still has) the power to heal. But do we know how that woman and others received their healing from Him? Jesus answered the question for her and for us 20 centuries later: “Daughter, your faith has healed you.” The healing power that flowed to her was from the Lord Jesus (vs. 30). But He attributed to her the key that drew upon His healing virtue — “Daughter, your faith has healed you.”
We see that same faith principle working in other divine healings in Jesus’ ministry: Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29), and the two blind men’s eyes were opened. And to a woman asking Jesus to heal her daughter, we read, “Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed instantly” (Matthew 15:28).
That’s us, “the people.” Jesus in person healed the people 20 centuries ago. And right up to the present moment, the crucified, resurrected, and ascended Son of God sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, continually exercising His unlimited power and authority for us, “the people.”
Would you like to be delivered from sickness, infirmities, depression, or some other affliction you’re suffering from? You can be! Look to Jesus, who said to the woman who came to Him in faith needing His healing touch, “Be freed from your suffering!”
Don’t let the devil whisper to you, “Oh no, your suffering is not something Jesus will heal.” I’m telling you by the Word of God, Jesus wants to look upon you and say, “Be freed from your suffering.” Like that woman in the Gospel, you look to Him in faith, and He’ll look to you in power to deliver. From what? From “every disease and sickness among the people.” Every! How can He do that? It's simple. Recall His words to His disciples after His resurrection as He was preparing to return to heaven: “ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18).
Jesus graciously and gladly healed the sick when He walked the earth 2,000 years ago. After dying on the cross to redeem us from our sins, He rose from the grave and returned to God the Father in heaven. From there He will one day return again to earth in the glorious Second Coming. Meanwhile, Jesus will continue to be “the same yesterday and today and forever.” He healed back then; He heals today!
And if you’ll come to Him in sincere faith, asking Him for that healing touch upon your need — whether that need is in your body, soul, or spirit — He is faithful. He will free you from your suffering. As a result of His excruciatingly painful torture and death for us, our sins have been borne by Him, and our sicknesses also have been taken and borne by Him, so that “by His wounds you have been healed.” And He is ready and willing to apply to you that healing for which He paid such a great personal price.
The Holy Spirit, the third divine person of the Trinity, anointed Jesus to liberate, to deliver, to heal. Combining the verses in Luke 4 (above) and Isaiah 61:1, we read that Jesus was sent from heaven to earth to bring “freedom for the prisoners … recovery of sight for the blind … to set the oppressed free … to bind up the brokenhearted … to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness … and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
Do any of those speak to you personally? Come to Jesus sincerely and with faith in Him and in His power and His love for you. Ask Him to touch that hurting portion of your body, soul, or spirit and to declare to you His powerful words, “Daughter [or son], be freed from your suffering!” He loves you so much, and it’s His great desire to bless you.
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Pentecostal Sermons & Bible Studies
by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.