SUBJ: Christ as
the object of true faith and that such faith always seeks real contact
with Christ and draws upon Him for every need.
AIM: That we
might follow this example which is commended by our Lord and seek in
every aspect of our salvation to touch Him and so draw upon the virtue
that is His.
wrote that we should add to our faith virtue. We having none must draw
virtue and all that we need from Christ the things that follow:
knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and
1. This is one of the better-known narratives in scripture
and we visit it again with the hopes of being renewed in the instruction
in righteousness if brings to us.
2. Its message is one of
encouragement to all who have come to sense a need and have discovered
that help is not to be found in themselves or in the world.
Desperation drives one to lay aside all pride and self-reliance and will
discover Christ and the need to fully confess both personal unworthiness
and Christ as the only way of salvation.
THESIS: Impossible situations and
circumstances are the order of the day for fallen man and only the grace
of God revealing Christ will ever bring relief and salvation. This is
another instance of an earthly condition exposing a spiritual need
wherein saving faith prevails.
I. An act of faith (vv. 43-44)
1. While the condition of this lady is not fully revealed there are
several things implied
1) Ceremonially, she was considered unclean
and would not have been allowed into the Temple
2) Socially, she was
3) Physically, she was weak from an incurable disease
4) Financially, she was destitute as a result
5) And so, she is
driven to desperation
2. She came as the risk of being cast away in
that many would have known of her condition, but here only hope was in
view and she believed that he could and would heal her
1) She had
heard of Him and
2) Perhaps she had seen Him and
that contact with Him would be sufficient.
3. The result was
1) Not some magical occurrence as a result of superstition
2) This is indicative of the response coming to genuine faith in that
Christ alone is the object and such is always honored!
i. There was
no outward action required and no ceremony to perform it was
Touch and be healed (the methods of our Lord were many and varied, but
in each He acts sovereignly and faith is always vindicated).
Our Lord’s sensing of faith (vv. 45-46)
1. According to scholars what
she touched was a tassel that hung from His garment in accordance with
the Law and practice. (To get in position to reach down and touch the
bottom of the garment would have surely attracted attention, whereas,
she could have reached the tassel while standing and it was her
intention to go unnoticed).
2. The response of Christ was instant.
1) An incidental touch would go unnoticed but
2) The word indicates
that He senses a touch as of someone attaching to Him
3) The word for
virtue here is usually translated power (dunamis).
3. It requires the
virtue (force, ability, abundance, power, strength, mighty work) of
Christ to accomplish what man cannot.
1) The question of Christ here
was not for His own benefit; it was for those observing – a needed
2) They could not distinguish among the crowd, but
faith made the difference.
III. The profession of faith (vv.
1. Along with the sense that she had been healed this dear
lady knew that He knew for the power that went out of Him was now alive
in her. There had been and continued to be real contact with Christ.
2. The effect was notable:
1) She trembled at the presence of Him who
had been revealed to her so wonderfully
2) She worshiped at His feet
3) She openly confessed her action and the marvelous result physically
3. The commendation of faith
1) Daughter –
acknowledged by Christ as one for whom He would die and raise again
2) Be of good courage and good cheer – blessed
3) Her faith, by
laying hold on Christ, had made her every whit whole.
4) Go in peace
that He gives and was secured in His work on Calvary.