Devotional – Christ, the only way (7/28)

Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, “Who touched Me?”‘ But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
(Luke 8:43-48 NKJV)

We know well this story, and we readily accept the fact of this passage in Holy Scripture; however, perhaps if we look further, we may be enriched further by it.

As we know, sin is many times represented in Scripture by some sickness or another and that blood is a defiling agent under the Law. Here was a woman who had been sick for some twelve years with a disease that made her untouchable. Chrysostom says, “For by the custom of the Law a malady of this kind was accounted a great uncleanness. Independently of this also, she had not yet a right estimation of Him, else she would not have thought to remain concealed, but nevertheless she came trusting to be healed.”

We understand fully that this woman represents a sinner, and in seeking to find a healing, she spent all that she had, perhaps would say her entire life in that the sinner can search his or her entire life to find the healing for the soul from the pangs of death. The sinner, just as this woman had, will find nothing that can heal and save from death. Too many times, the first place that a sinner will run is to another religion (the physicians). Buddhism, Islam, an even modern Christianity, cannot save the soul from death and hell.  The New Age mysticism is a physician that too many consult now, but this two is only a doctor for the mind, healing neither body nor soul. Miracles, signs, wonders all are nothing to heal the soul, although often times it heals the body, if only through the abscess of the mind.

This woman stands for every sinner who seeks healing of the soul’s sin sickness through the physicians of religions. Further, this woman stands for every sinner, who finally recognizing that their is only One who can heal, seeks to make it through the crowd and press forward to Christ our God, our Good Healer.

As recorded in John’s Gospel, Christ says,

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6 NKJV)

It only through Jesus Christ that we can receive our healing for the sin that weighs us down. Not through Buddhism, not through Judaism, not through New Ageism, nor through what passes itself as Christianity – churchless or otherwise. It is but through the Christ of the Scriptures. It is not through the study of doctrine, of some serious study of theology that a person is saved, for the gospel came first and then the theology of it. It is not through a total grasp of everything concerning God and His Church that one is saved. This woman desired only to touch the border, the tzitzit, of his garment. It is not the wh0le of Christianity that saves a soul, but the very beginning, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ – in that God robed Himself in a body of flesh, submitting Himself to the Cross, and was raised the third day. It is the gospel that convicts the sinner of the sin, and draws the repentant to the altar, and fills his or her heart with a godly sorrow. It is not the great Traditions, Doctrines, or deep things of God that does this, but the simple words of Christ, who said that if He was lifted up, he would draw all men to Him.

But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
(Malachi 4:2 NKJV)

So, dear friends, I enjoin you to stop wasting your life and your living in searching for what is standing in front of you at this very moment.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
(Revelation 3:20 NKJV)

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