Suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.
Jesus healed many people in the Gospels, and He raised the dead. But His miracles were, in a sense, temporary, for all these people eventually died. Take the woman with the flow of blood. She reached through the crowd and touched the edge of our Lord’s robe as He passed by. Instantly power flashed from Him, through His garment, into her body, and she was healed. But as time passed this woman grew old or ill, and she eventually passed away.
Why, then, did Jesus heal the sick? To demonstrate His power over disease. Why did He raise the dead? To exhibit His power over death. His miracles of healing show us two things. First, He can heal us presently, even miraculously, if and when He chooses. Second, ultimate healing awaits us at the moment of the resurrection. Not a shred of death or disease will enter heaven with us.
Jesus is the everlasting healer. He heals not only physical afflictions but also the diseases of the soul. And our ultimate healing is permanent, powerful, and awaiting us in eternity. By His stripes we are healed.
Father, there is nothing too hard for You. When You take us by the hand, we’re in good hands.