Before and After

In Luke 8 we read about a woman who suffered from bleeding for 12 years. She came up behind Jesus, in the midst of a crowd, touched the hem of His garment and was healed instantly. Jesus sensed that someone touched Him, on account of healing power leaving His body, and thus asked who touched Him. Verse 47 picks up the story: “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”.

What is particularly challenging about this passage is this woman’s public declaration of her illness to all. (Bear in mind that she was considered impure according the the laws of the day). Often the testimony of our breakthrough, means being vulnerable and humble in the midst of others. A willingness to share the “before” segment of our lives, means that others may celebrate the “after” with us. Moreover, in as much as we are able to share in this woman’s testimony thousands of years after it happened, our testimony may do the same for others.