Tenacious Faith: The Spiritual Violent

When asked “who’s your favorite person in the Bible?” how do you normally respond?

  • Paul
  • John
  • Peter
  • King Solomon
  • King David
  • Elijah

Those might be a few of your choices…or there is the Sunday School answer….JESUS.

For the longest time I have declaired that John the  Baptist has been my favorite and most provoking person in the Bible.  A man that truly lived a life that was mostly misunderstood, and yet Jesus spoke of him saying, “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist.”(Mat 11:11).  

John the Baptist has so little written about him, and yet he was the Forerunner to Jesus Christ, the one whom was prophesied about in Isaiah 40, and yet so little is actually known about this man.

But, John the Baptist is not who I want to talk about today!  I want to look at a woman whos name is unknown.  A woman whom only takes up a few verses in the sciptures.  And yet, this woman is whom Jesus described when He declaired:

12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” [Mat 11:12 NKJV]

This woman I speak of is found in Mark 5:

22 Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, 23 pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” 24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.

25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe.

28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.

30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” 31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?'” 32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it.

33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done.

34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” [Mar 5:22-34 NLT]

A little context:

In the days of Jesus, this woman would have been found to be unclean due to this issue of blood.

She was an outcast.

She spent all of her resources on trying to be cured.  Despite spending everything she had, she only got worse.

She was desperate.

She knew that her only answer was Jesus.  She had heard the stories of this Man who was healing the sick.  Stories of a Man who was filled with compassion and hung out with the destitute and outcast.

She was violent.

Against every cultural and social norm, she pressed through the crowd that had thronged to Jesus.  At the risk of touching someone, and making them unclean, she didnt care.  She pushed through.

The amazing reality we find is this:

It states in verse 30, that Jesus felt power go out from Him.  The crowd was pressing into Him, and yet He asked, “Who touched me?”

What was it about this woman, that no one else in the crowd had?

I humbly submit to you, that it was her tenacious faith, her violent resolve, that no matter what, Jesus was the answer.

What would it look like if we lived our lives like this woman?  What would it look like if we were so confronted with our own depravity that our only action, was to push through a huge crowd, simply to touch the hem of Jesus robe?

Let us become Spiritually Violent!

Let it be said about us, from Jesus, “Who touched me!?”



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