Matthew 9:21 NKJV — For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
Matthew 9:22 “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
Matthew 8:10 “When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” NKJV
Both these stories are beautiful moments in history.
Both tell individual stories of people who model faith in their choices and because of their faith, their stories are included in the greatest book ever written.
The first verse (you should totally read these stories from the Word) is Jesus’s response to a very sick woman. She had been bleeding for 12 years and spent all her money to be cured and only grew worse.
She was desperate.
She needed healing.
Where did she turn when she had no other avenue, no other hope?
Not only was she healed when her fingers reached the edge of His garment, but He knew something had happened and stopped in the middle of his urgent errand to find her.
We don’t know how she heard of Jesus.
We don’t know her family, her name, or what happened after this.
But what we do know is beautiful.
“…when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” Matt. 9:22 NKJV
She believed Jesus could heal her.
She acted on her belief and her desperate need was filled.
Another moment of faith holds a special trophy.
What does it take to impress God?
The faith of this Centurion.
This man had a servant who was sick.
Right from the start his concern for his servant stands out.
The Roman culture didn’t put a high value on the lives of their servants.
“So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Luke 7:3-5 NKJV
Next, we see this Centurion understands the Jewish culture.
Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it. Luke 7:6-8 NKJV
It was the Centurion’s faith which made the impact.
“When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, ‘I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!’ And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.” Luke 7:9-10 NKJV
The Centurion’s faith was such that he had no need to even see or speak with Jesus in person.
He knew what was required; for Jesus to simply “say the word”.
That is faith.
And such we should have as well.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for these two wonderful stories of people with faith. Lord, please help us to trust in You with faith like this. To know, like the Centurion, that all it takes is You saying the word. Lord, help us to be humble, to come before You with our requests, our needs, as the woman. Help us to let go of our own self importance and to fully put our faith in You. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for being the solution. Thank You, for salvation! Amen.