Mark 5:30-31 (see Luke 8:45) – At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?'” NIV
After being asked to leave by the gentiles whose pigs had died after the evil spirits entered them, Jesus travels by boat to a town that has a synagogue, possibly Capernaum which was His base of operations in Galilee. Upon arriving, the crowds welcome Him. Among the crowd is the synagogue ruler named Jairus whose daughter is dying. He pleads with Jesus to come and heal her, and Jesus goes with Him. It is during His journey to Jairus’ house surrounded by a curious crowd that Jesus asks this question.
His disciples are perplexed because there are a lot of people near Jesus, and they wonder what this question is all about. As it turns out, there was a woman in the crowd who had been suffering from bleeding for 12 years. She believed that if she could just touch Jesus’ clothes that she would be healed. She did, and she was! However, Jesus sensed what happened and wanted to publicly affirm her faith and healing.
Mark tells the rest of the story like this: But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (Mark 5:32-34 – NIV)
Jesus wants to respond to our faith. He cared about the man with the dying daughter, and He cared about this woman who had been suffering for 12 years. Both came to Him in faith and sought His help in different ways. Both would be rewarded for approaching Jesus in faith.
Are there things in my life with which I don’t want to bother Jesus? Am I hesitant to ask for His help? If so, why? Do I tend to handle the small stuff myself and only take the big stuff to Jesus? Have I ever taken something to Jesus, and didn’t get the answer for which I had hoped? How do I respond? Does that mean Jesus loves me any less or that perhaps I didn’t have enough faith?