We live in a Christian
culture of easy and isolated "believism" — not the faith
we find Jesus and his early disciples describing, but a
quick and simple mental assent to some words about
Jesus. To follow Jesus means that we see him as our Lord
and teacher. We obey him because he is Lord. We trust
that what Jesus did in his death, burial, and
resurrection save us. We turn our lives around and
reorient them to obey him and live for him. That is what
it means to follow after Jesus as a disciple.
We trust that as we believe
Jesus, he will heal what is broken about us — not just
our physical problems, but our need for integration into
a life of faith, relationship, and influence with
others. We do not know what would have happened with
this woman had she not owned up to her actions and
submitted herself to Jesus. We do
however, that because she did come and offer herself to
the Lord, he saved her "in every way a person can be
saved" — physically, spiritually, emotionally, and
As we look at Jesus'
actions, we are reminded that to follow Jesus is not
like following someone on Facebook.® Following Jesus
means to trust his sacrifice to save us. We re-orient
our lives to follow him. We confess him as Lord before
others. We participate with Jesus in his death, burial,
and resurrection through baptism; and are added to a
group of believers with whom we will share life ( Acts
2:33-47; Romans 6:1-14).
Believing in Jesus means to
trust him as Lord to save us "in every way a person can
be saved." That means following him. It means learning
from him. It means doing what he says builds and brings
the kingdom of God into our world now. Jesus' words of
affirmation were simple. Jesus' words of affirmation
brought this woman great grace. These words were given
to her because she knew her faith was not real belief
until she acted on them and placed her life and her
future completely in the hands of her Lord.
Our faith should be no
less. We have a Lord who longs to save us "in every way
a person can be saved" with his words of simple blessing
and great grace:
our faith has healed you.
Go in peace...
Let's come and fall at his
feet in faith, trusting him to do what only he can do!