This is a puzzling passage: Mark 5:24-34, about a woman mingling in the crowd, who got healed by touching Jesus’ hem anonymously. But Jesus wanted her to be noticed by all who were present. Why? The Bible recorded no other healing incident in which Jesus wanted a similar ‘publicity’. In fact Jesus doesn’t bother with publicity. He was famous then. He is even more famous today. The fame and honor given by people was not relevant to His ministry on earth. Was it so that the woman could openly acknowledge her sin and repented and then receiving healing? No. She was healed by touching His robe by faith without telling anyone. Jesus healed all kinds of people and all sorts of diseases and in all sorts of ‘ways’.
I believe Jesus was showing us the Father’s love for an ostracized outcast poor woman. She was considered unclean. She had lost all her money. She did not seem to have any family support as she was alone taking this big risk of being recognized by familiar people who might report on her and give her a worse penalty. she could not even tell people to share her joy because she was healed as she should not have been there in the first place!
Jesus wanted her to be made known in public. He gave her a new status. He gave her recognition and commendation. He gave her acceptance and honor. He called her ‘daughter’. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” She could henceforth lift up her head without shame and fear, and give testimony of her faith in action as a blessed healed daughter of God. Jesus has included her in His kingdom. Jesus has demonstrated the heart of the Father in heaven. God is love. God has no favor. Everyone who is willing, comes to Jesus by faith is healed. Not just physically, but in the whole being, a new creation of God.
Mark 5:24-34 New Living Translation (NLT)
24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. 25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”