Afraid to Face Jesus
Daily Bible Reading – Job 21; Mark 5,6
Today’s Key Passage – Mark 5:21-43
The stories about Jesus were beginning to spread. Word had gotten out about all of the people Jesus healed and all of the wonderful miracles He had performed. Because of this, large crowds followed Jesus most of the time. The bleeding woman heard about Jesus, and was hoping that He could heal her of her affliction. While we do not know exactly, the bleeding may have been a uterine disorder, and if that were the case, Jewish law would have said she was unclean. If that were the case, Jewish law would have also said that Jesus would have been made unclean if he touched her, but she desperately wanted His help. Instead of asking Jesus for his help, she came up behind Him and touched his cloak. (5:27) When Jesus realized that power had left him, he asked the crowd who had touched him. We then see in the next verse that Jesus, “kept looking around to see who had done it” (5:32), which indicates that some time passed before the woman finally fell at His feet and confessed that she was the one who touched him. Both before and after touching Him, the woman was afraid to face Jesus.
Many people today are still afraid to face Jesus. Some people know that they are living a sinful life. They know that they need a Savior to rescue them from their sins, and they know they need to come to Jesus. However, they wrongly think that before they approach Jesus, they need to “fix themselves up”. They think they have to stop sinning before they come to Jesus or they might not be accepted. The problem with this kind of thinking is that as human beings, none of us has the power to stop sinning without Jesus’ help. Fortunately, Jesus is always willing to meet us wherever we are. Jesus will never reject us, regardless of where we are in life or what we have done. Jesus will heal us just as he healed the bleeding woman, and will free us from our suffering.
Do you know anyone who is afraid to face Jesus? Has anyone ever said to you, “I want to go to church, but I really need to clean up my act first”? Let them know about Jesus’ grace and His mercy. Let them know that they do not have to do anything to fix themselves up before asking Jesus for help. Let them know that they have nothing to fear. Then help them to face Jesus and ask for His help.
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