: New Testament Stories

Jesus went into Capernaum, followed by a great crowd of people, and

among them was a woman who for twelve years had suffered from a

disease which no doctor could cure, though she had consulted many, and

spent all her wealth upon them. She had said within herself, "If I

could but touch His garment I should be made well." So she pressed

through the crowd, and put out her arm and touched the hem of His

garment, and immedi
tely she was made well.

Then Jesus, turning round to His disciples, said, "Who touched Me?"

But they all denied that they had done so, and Peter and they that

were with him said, "Master, the multitude throng Thee and press Thee,

and yet Thou sayest, Who touched Me!" They were surprised that Jesus

should make such an enquiry, seeing that so many were crowding round

Him, and pressing against Him. But Jesus said, "Somebody hath touched

Me, for I perceive that healing virtue hath gone out of Me."

When the woman saw that Jesus knew what she had done, and that she

could not be hidden in the crowd, she came trembling, and, falling

down before Him, she declared unto Him before all the people why she

had touched Him, and how she had been healed at once. And He said unto

her, "Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. Go

in peace, and be healed of thy illness."

Jesus wishes us to trust in Him. We suffer from a terrible

disease--the disease of sin, which no doctor can cure; but Jesus will

heal us and take away our sin if we trust in Him.