Inspired by Luke 8:43-48: Who was this annoying woman who pushed her way through the crowd to get closer to Jesus? They all needed prayer. Why did she think her needs were more important than theirs? She was breaking all protocol, pushing her way past the people with her crumpled, pathetic form and hands weathered from years of lack of self care. Who was she?
They didn’t know her or her story. They didn’t know that she avoided eye contact with them, not because of pride or haughtiness but because of deep shame.
Had she stopped to tell them her story about the years of pain, they probably wouldn’t have listened or believed her.
No one had ever heard her story. She had been from pillar to post, looking for someone who could heal her brokenness – but not one had been able to.
What she did have in her favour in that moment, was that Jesus was nearby. So close, she could, if she just stepped out from her shell of shame – touch Him.
She made a beeline for him, abandoning all fear. She knew He could do what no one else could do – not just heal her, but take away her shame.
“Has she no shame?” the crowds must’ve thought, as she reached out with every breath in her, her fingers brushing across the hem of His garment.
She had plenty of it.
It says that in that moment, Jesus stopped. “Who touched me?” Many pressed up against him from all sides but just one managed to touch Him so profoundly He was moved by this touch.
“And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto Him before all the people for what cause she had touched him…” (Luke 8:46)
‘She declared unto Him… for what cause she had touched Him’. She got real before His throne. She told Him her story.
He heard more than just the song of her heart. He heard her tears, her desperation, and in this, her faith.
He said to her: “And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” (vs 48)
You have a story and maybe you have considered it with shame, but Jesus wants to transform it into a testimony for His glory. Get real with Him. In the stillness before His throne, tell Him what is really going on in you. You can’t begin to live out loud until you have gotten real and given him your cloak of shame and allowed Him to give you his Cloak of Righteousness.
I believe Jesus wants to set some desperate, hurting people free. You’ve worn that cloak of hurt and brokenness too long. We think if we just open up, Jesus will turn us away because we are too flawed, too broken to receive grace but
Jesus said come to his throne of grace with confidence in our hour of need.
Maybe your story didn’t start well, but He isn’t just the Cornerstone (the beginning, the foundation stone), His Word says He is the Capstone too (the end, the crowning piece of every story and of all creation). He has the last say in all things, including your story. “Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth its capstone with shoutings, crying, ‘Grace, grace!’ to it.” (Zec 4:7)
By ‘grace, grace’ a woman left the crowd transformed from the inside out, her story forever changed because she had reached out to the only one who could crown her story of hurt and shame with victory.
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