Lent, pt. 14 was about Pain leading to Desperation.
Lent, pt. 15 dealt with the Problem and how it leads to Disillusionment.
This post, Lent, pt. 16, will show us how People can be a Distraction.
Our main character, the woman, was in Pain which led to the Problem.
Verse 27, in Mark 5, notes a turning point for this woman.
“When she heard about Jesus…”
Was it a neighbor? Perhaps Jesus was in her town and she heard the crowd.
How she heard of Jesus is does not really matter. The fact that she did hear of Him is of utmost importance.
Have you heard about Jesus? What an awesome and life-changing story!!!
Read the gospels. They give eye-witness accounts of His life.
Just reading about the life of Jesus could bring change in your own life. But we are getting ahead of ourselves.
This woman still had the crowd in front of her. She had People to go through.
The People in this story are the Distractions of life.
Distractions could be:
Just about anything could be a distraction.
If the devil is a magician, he is waving his left hand so we cannot see his right hand doing something else.
I believe that distraction is the biggest tool of Satan. That’s why I listed good things on that list along with the negative things.
If we get distracted, we are not as focused on God. If that happens, the door is now open for greater sin to come into our lives.
The woman in our story was focused though.
“…she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,…”
Meditate on those words. What type of struggle or pain did this woman endure to get to Jesus only to touch is robe?
What will you endure to get to Jesus?
Remember, she was desperate.
If you are desperate due to pain, don’t let it become a problem which will disillusion you. Fight your way through the people, which are distractions, until you get to Jesus.
And that is what I want to speak on tomorrow.
What do you call fighting the crowd until you see Jesus? Pursuit.