Wednesday, July 4, 2012
I keep thinking about that tender woman in the crowds by the lake at Galilee, bleeding out, slow drop by slow drop.
Weak, pale, outcast. She crawled through the crowd, propelled by a faith born of desperation. Desperation. But it was enough. She reached out.
Then, unbidden, with the touch of grace and power that He wrapped around Him like a sweet cloak, Jesus stopped her bleeding.
Facing His own passion, His own blood sacrifice, He spared hers.
Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.--Mark 5:34
That's the way it works. Freedom is purchased by the blood of one for the benefit of another. So it did that day, and so it does for us. Just as for all the blood shed for freedom through long ages of men, as it flowed from one, it stopped for another.
The woman did contribute something, however.
She contributed faith.
Today, we remember that much blood has flowed for freedom and still does, but as it does, it causes us to yearn for a day when, like for this woman, another exchange for freedom awaits. The Lord of the universe promises an end to the bleeding. Rather than life's blood, we long to offer faith alone and be freed from suffering.
His blood flowed once for all, but our blood continues to stain the world.
Someday, we will know freedom from that, too.