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Listen while you read: "I Will Sing Of My Redeemer"1 (Lyrics)
Matthew 9:20-22 – And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour. (NKJV)
For over five years, I hosted a radio program called The Gospel Train. The joy of the Lord was in my heart as I read Scripture and played classic gospel recordings. One of my favourites was from Grammy Award artist, Andraé Crouch, who recorded a song titled Oh It Is Jesus. The words read as follows:
- Oh it is Jesus,
Oh it is Jesus,
It's Jesus in my soul;
For I have touched the hem of His garment,
And His blood has made me whole.
These lyrics apply fittingly to today's text. The advantage this certain woman had was being able to actually touch Jesus' garment. Her genuine faith gave her great determination that she was able to push through the throng to make the connection with Jesus. And because her faith was so strong, Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well."
Today, we do not have the garment of Jesus to touch. However, this unique healing miracle gives us an abundance of hope. Jesus told us, "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed … nothing shall be impossible unto you" (Matthew 17:20 KJV). This is a tremendous promise to all of us who need physical healing; our prayer with faith trusting in God through Jesus Christ is our remedy to make us whole. Oh it is Jesus!
Prayer: Merciful Lord God, we give You honour and glory, and we praise Your holy name. We humbly ask You to cleanse our hearts, put a renewed spirit within us, and make each a whole person once again. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.