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August 26, 2016

Your Deepest Hurt

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

Everybody has a hidden hurt.  Everybody needs healing. When we make Christ the Commander in Chief of our lives, He heals our deepest hurt. He is the Mighty God.  The unnamed woman in Luke’s Gospel that came to Jesus in desperate need found healing.  It would be a miracle much greater than she even expected.  She was not only healed physically when she touched the edge of His cloak, but Jesus healed an even deeper wound.  He healed her deepest hurt.  Because Jesus is the Mighty God, He has the power to overcome our deepest hurt.  In Luke 8:43-48 we read about her story.

“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. ‘Who touched Me?’ Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against You.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.’ Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at His feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched Him and how she had been instantly healed. Then He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’” Luke 8:43 -48 (NIV)

This woman was truly desperate.  For twelve long years, she had been suffering from an illness until she was broke financially, emotionally, and spiritually.  Under Jewish law, she was considered unclean, due to her condition, and forbidden to touch anyone.  She couldn’t even worship in the Synagogue!  She had no one to turn to and nowhere to go for help.  Can you imagine what it would be like not to have the touch of another human being for twelve years?  Her physical problems had created social, emotional, and financial crisis.  Finally, she was so desperate that she did something radical, even dangerous.  When she heard about a miracle-worker called Jesus, she waded into a crowd, hoping just to touch Him and be healed.  But, in the crowd was one place this woman wasn’t supposed to be.  However, desperate times call for desperate measures.  In an act of scandalous faith, this woman reached out and, without saying a word, touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak.  Instantly, she was healed!

But, the story doesn’t end there!  She experienced the healing power of Jesus and the bliss of being pain-free for the first time in twelve years; yet, she didn’t fade back into the crowd without being discovered.  Jesus knew she needed a deeper healing for an even deeper hurt.  Her heart must have stopped when Jesus suddenly turned around and asked, “Who touched Me?”  His disciples thought He was joking.  The crowd was pressing in on Him from every direction.  How could He possibly ask, “Who touched Me?”  Neither the crowd nor the disciples knew that a miracle had taken place in their midst.  Only Jesus and the woman knew.  Wanting to give this woman the power to overcome her deepest hurt, Jesus called for the woman as if to say, “There is never a time when you cannot approach Me.  You can never be too unclean for Me.”  Imagine the relief she must have felt when Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”  Just as instantly as she was healed physically, this woman experienced the deeper healing of her heart as she connected with her Savior and Lord!  She felt loved and accepted as a daughter. She was no longer estranged and separated due to her condition but, instead, she was welcomed into the family of God!

Is there an area in your life where you feel unclean?  Have you been too ashamed even to put your prayer into words?  Maybe you even feel unworthy of a miracle.  You may feel unworthy even to attend a church.  Jesus already knows your need.  The Psalmist wrote,

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

He already knows our deepest hurt.  Our part is to reach out to Him in faith.  Reach out to Jesus.  Don’t settle for anything less than personally touching Him.  The same peace and freedom He gave to the woman in our story is available for you today.