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If you are a first timer on this blog let me set the scene. In order to help us explore the life of Jesus I’ve imagined that I’ve had the opportunity to interview some of the people who have met Jesus. In this way, I’m hoping you’ll get a better picture of Jesus, and how he may affect our lives in the 21st century.
Since I have been exploring the life of Jesus there is one story that has really had an impact on me. It was with a woman whose life had been pretty messed up. She was probably one of those un-cool people referred to by one of my favourite bloggers, Rachel Held Evans
Let’s have a chat to this woman.
Hello, thanks for the opportunity to meet with you. You had an amazing meeting with Jesus. I wonder if you could start at the beginning and tell me why you wanted to catch up with Jesus in the first place.
I had been sick for 12 years – women’s problems, you know. Been to dozens of doctors who charged like wounded bulls. I was broke from spending everything on doctors and alternative medicine and anything I could get my hands on. I was still sick despite all this and I’d really got to the end of my tether.
So what made you think Jesus could do any better than all these doctors?
I really didn’t know if he could. But I’d heard the stories about him, and I was desperate. He was pretty popular at the time, lots of people followed him around, so I thought, if I could sneak through the crowds, touch his clothes, some of the magic might brush off on me. Nobody would notice me doing that. Nothing lost, nothing gained. Who cared about me anyway?
What do you mean by that?
I’m a woman. All my life I’d been told that women were only for one thing and with the bleeding I was having, no man would be interested in me anyway. In fact, not even religion was working for me. They had this rule in the temple that anyone who was bleeding was considered unclean. I wasn’t allowed at the temple. I was a nobody and nobody cared.
So you went down to the market to see Jesus and there was a big crowd of people gathered round him. Did you do what you planned, to sneak up behind him?
Yes, it was easy. There were so many people I could just push through and get real close to him and touch his coat. I was desperate and probably a bit skeptical as well, but with all I heard about Jesus I was prepared to give it a go.
What happened when you touched Jesus coat?
I got the shock of my life. Here he was busy with all these people and suddenly he turns around and say: Who touched me? His friends who were there with him kind of laughed. You’ve got all these people crowded around and you want to know who touched you? You’ve got to be joking, they were saying.
Did Jesus say anything else?
Yes, he did say something else. He said someone had touched him and he felt power going out from him.
What did you do?
Well, I was going to get out as quick as possible, but there was something in his eyes. I just knew that he really accepted me as I was. I couldn’t run, so I fell down at his knees and he told me that I could go in peace, my faith had healed me. Then I had this amazing feeling. I had felt weak all my life, not just because of my sickness, but just that nobody cared for me. Like I said before, I was a nobody.
All of a sudden I felt different. Jesus cared for me even though I was a woman, even though I was sick, even though I was probably the least important person in the crowd. I had never felt anything like this before.
What do you think he meant when he said he felt power had gone out of him?
Well that was what was so amazing. The power had come to me. I felt straight away that I had been healed physically, but having felt like nobody cared for me all my life, there was something else that was even more important. The power that came from Jesus all of a sudden gave me a sense of being loved, of being needed, of being a somebody for the first time in my life.
You were empowered by Jesus to be the person you were meant to be?
Absolutely. For the first time in my life I felt that I had a purpose in life, a reason to live, and somebody cared. I would recommend Jesus to anyone.
Thanks so much for telling your story.
You can read the story in the Bible for yourself at Matthew 9:20-21; Mark 5: 24-37; Luke 8:43-48