Maybe if we just ask them for a coffee and a chat?
Maybe if we just tell them that Jesus can transform their life?
Maybe if we just invite that person to Alpha?
Whatever did happen to thia woman she found herself in front of the only man who could change her life.
“Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.” (Matthew 9 v 20-22)
Jesus is going to the house of the synagogue ruler (the other gospels name him as Jairus) to raise his daughter who had died (the other gospels say she was 12 years of age).
In what is a beautiful parallel story within the gospels we have the daughter of the synagogue ruler raised to life and another was restored as a daughter of Israel (the other gospels say after 12 years of ill-health). The connection is purposeful.
The law of Moses had lifestyle rules which kept people clean and acceptable to God. “When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.” (Lev 15:25)
This woman has no name.
She is not acceptable to God nor her culture because if she touches anyone or is touched then the uncleanliness is passed on.
So this woman is isolated.
She has lost contact with friends.
This woman has not been hugged for a very long time.
The father of the daughter has been a father all the time the woman has been unclean. But even more importantly he has been the synagogue ruler responsible for making sure this woman and others did not enter the place of worship and make it unclean.
What changed the life of this woman? It was of course Jesus.
But it is right to say that this woman changed her life because she dared to use the word, ’IF’.
IF is to think differently
Thinking differently can lead to new decisions.
New decisions can lead to miracles
It starts with IF.