The Hem of His Garment

A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years,  and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse—  after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His [d]cloak.  For she [e]thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will [f]get well.”  Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.  Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?” Mark 5:25-30

The Gospel of Mark reveals many who were healed by Jesus. Each one that came to Jesus had a different measure of faith.  Some only wanted the miracle or some food for their bellies. It wasn’t Jesus that they wanted.

Then we see an amazing act of faith by a woman who was sick for twelve years.  My precious sister- in-law fought ovarian cancer for six years before her ultimate healing. This woman had been ill twice as long. I can’t even imagine. Yet, she had faith in Jesus and what she had heard about him. Her faith compelled her to come up behind Jesus and simply touch the hem of His garment. A simple yet faith-filled act. She was healed. “Daugther, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34

What have you heard about Jesus? Do you believe Him? A simple out-stretched hand towards our Savior may bring healing to us as well.  Are you willing?


Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Acting Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.

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