Bringing Your B.C. Issues Into the A.D Manifestation of Christ

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as it was written by John Mark. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters six and seven of this New Testament book. When you come to the sixth and seventh chapters of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark you will find Jesus having not only brought deliverance to the man who was possessed and oppressed with a legion of unclean spirits, but you will also find Him raising from death to life Jairus’ daughter, as well as bringing healing to a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years. Within the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark you will find Jesus bringing deliverance to that one who was oppressed and tormented, you will find Jesus raising from death to life that girl who was dead, and bringing healing and cleansing to the woman who had the issue of blood. What is important to realize and recognize concerning the woman with the issue of blood is that according to the Law of Moses her condition would have made her unclean among all those who knew and would interact with her. According to the Law of Moses an issue with blood would make you unclean, and anything you touched, and anything that touched and come in contact with you would be unclean. The account of this woman is so absolutely astonishing and beautiful when you take the time to consider the fact that not only did she maneuver her way through the crowd and multitude—undoubtedly coming in contact with and touching others as she went along—but she also touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. What makes this truly remarkable is when you consider the fact that instead of her touching the hem of the garment of Jesus making that garment unclean—or even making Jesus Himself unclean—she would experience power that would flow forth from Jesus into her physical body, thus cleansing and healing her of her issue of blood. It would be this woman who would dare work her way through the crowd, and who would dare stretch forth her hand to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment that would cause her to be made whole—and not only made whole, but also cleansed from that which would indeed and would in fact make her unclean according to the Law of Moses. The second half of the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ written by Mark is the second account of this woman with the issue of blood working her way through the crowd that she might touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, as well as the second account of Jesus going with Jairus unto his house where He would raise his little daughter of twelve years age from death to life.

            The narrative of Jairus is quite intriguing when you take the time to think about it, for when Jairus came unto Jesus voicing his need concerning his daughter who was sick and on the verge of death, Jesus would agree and consent to go with him unto his house where this little girl was lying. It would be while on the way to Jairus’ house that a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years would not only make her way through the crowd which walked with and followed Jesus, but would also touch the hem of the garment of Jesus, and thus experiencing power and virtue going forth from Him into her physical body. What’s more, is that what happened with this woman would cause Jesus to stop in His tracks and turn around in the midst of the crowd inquiring of who touched Him. Upon hearing Jesus’ question concerning who touched Him the disciples would respond how there were a number of individuals who would touch Him as there would be a great throng of people who would press against Jesus as He and His disciples would make their way with Jairus to his house. That which Jesus was referring to was not merely any ordinary touch, nor was it a touch that was made simply be walking with and following Him, but a touch that actually enacted power and virtue to flow forth from the midst of His being. Please pay close and careful attention to this, for there were countless men and women who pressed against—and even touched Jesus—as they went along the way, but there was only one touch that actually enacted power and virtue going forth from Jesus. THERE ARE MANY WHO TOUCH JESUS, BUT THERE ARE FEW WHO ACTUALLY “TOUCH” HIM! THERE ARE MANY WHO MIGHT TOUCH AND COME IN CONTACT WITH JESUS, BUT THERE ARE VERY FEW WHO LAY HOLD OF JESUS’ GARMENT AND ENACT POWER AND VIRTUE TO FLOW FORTH FROM HIM!

            What makes the narrative of this woman with the issue of blood so absolutely and incredibly unique and powerful is when you think about the fact that she didn’t even touch the physical person and body of Jesus the Christ, but merely touched the hem of His garment. This woman would not touch the physical being and person of Jesus Christ as she stretched forth her hand, but would touch the hem of his garment—perhaps that part of His garment which was closest and lowest to the ground. It would be this single act of touching the hem of Jesus’ garment that would cause power and virtue to go forth from Him and bring healing and cleansing to her physical body. It is absolutely necessary and imperative we recognize and understand this, for there would be countless individuals who would press up against, and who would come in contact with Jesus as they went along the way—perhaps as spectators and observers—and yet there would be one who would stretch forth her hand and merely touch the hem of the garment of Jesus who would capture the attention of Jesus the Christ. Oh please note and please be aware of the fact that there is a vast difference between coming in contact with Jesus as a direct result of being a casual observer and spectator, and actually touching Jesus from the place of need and desperation. The beloved physician Luke wrote concerning this woman that she had spent all she had among physicians seeking to be cured and made whole of her issue of blood, and yet there was not a single physician who was able to offer her the healing and cleansing she needed. The beautiful truth and reality concerning this woman is centered in the fact that not only did she touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, but her touching the hem of the garment of Jesus not only caused power and virtue to flow forth from Him into her physical body, but would also cause Jesus to stop in the midst of the crowd to inquire as to who touched Him. This woman would work her way through the crowd of people who undoubtedly touched and came in contact with Jesus, and yet it was this woman, and this woman alone who would actually experience virtue and power coming forth from Jesus. Were there others in the midst of the crowd who had needs within their own lives and physical bodies? Were there others in the crowd who perhaps found themselves in a desperate place and in a desperate situation? There is a not a doubt in my mind that there were others in the midst of the crowd who found themselves in a place of need and a place of desperation, and yet only this woman would experience power and virtue flowing forth from the being and person of Jesus the Christ into her physical body.

            The more I read and consider this narrative, the more I am wonderfully and powerfully convinced that there is a vast difference between touching and coming in contact with Jesus as a casual observer and spectator, and actually touching and laying hold of Jesus from a place of need and desperation. This woman did not make her way through the crowd to be a spectator, nor did she make her way through the crowd to be a casual observer, but rather, she made her way through the crowd as one who was in great need and desperation. There were those who were part of this crowd and multitude that they might watch and observe whether or not Jesus would bring healing to Jairus’ daughter, and there was this woman who did make her way through and in the midst of the crowd to observe what Jesus would do in the life of another, but rather to experience what Jesus would and could do for her. This is something that we must needs pay close and careful attention to, for there are those among us who would be part of this crowd to be a casual observer and spectator of what Jesus would do within and on behalf of the life of another, while there are others who would dare make their way through and be a part of the crowd that they might be a participant in the miracle. Jesus would make His way with Jairus to the place where his daughter would lie sick and on the verge of death, and there would be those who would accompany and journey with Jesus as spectators to watch and observe what He would do within the life of this little girl, and here comes this woman who perhaps knew nothing of what Jesus was on His way to do—only that she was in desperate need of a great miracle within her physical body. This woman did not make her way through and in the midst of the crowd that she might be another spectator and observer of what Jesus would do in the life of another individual, but she would make her way through and in the midst of the crowd that she might be an active participant in the work which Jesus would do on this particular day.

            Stop and consider this awesome and incredible reality for a moment, for what we find and read within this passage of Scripture is a powerful difference between those who would walk with, those who would follow, and those who would perhaps casually touch Jesus as they sought to be observers and spectators in a potential miracle He would perform within the life of another. Undoubtedly within and throughout the public ministry of Jesus the Christ there would be countless individuals who would walk with, and who would follow Jesus—not because they had a desire to walk with and follow Jesus as disciples, but rather that they might walk with and follow Jesus as observers and spectators. There is not a doubt in my mind when reading the words which are found in this passage of Scripture that there were countless men and women who walked with and followed Jesus that they might observe what He might do within the life of this young girl, and yet here comes this woman who had spent twelve long and hard years in a place of desperation who would not seek to be a spectator and observer, but who would seek to be an active participant. It is absolutely vital and crucial that we recognize and understand this, for there are countless men and women who enter into the houses of worship and into our churches who come—not to be active participants, but rather to be causal observers and general spectators. There is a vast and clear difference between being an active participant in a miracle and work which Jesus the Christ is doing—perhaps even within your own life—and that which Jesus is doing, and that which Jesus would do in the life of another. It’s important to note that the crowd which would press against and walk with Jesus would not walk with Him because He had just performed some great miracle, but rather that they might see and observe what He might do. There would be those who would walk with Jesus on this particular day with the hope of witnessing and beholding a miracle Jesus would do within the life of another. Perhaps some within this crowd had heard of Jesus and yet had never beheld or witnessed Him perform a single miracle, sign and wonder, and as a direct result of this would walk with and follow Jesus that they might finally see one. WALKING WITH JESUS TO BEHOLD MIRACLES, WALKING WITH JESUS TO BECOME A MIRACLE! Permit me to pause right here and ask the question whether or not you walk with Jesus to behold a miracle, or whether or not you walk with Jesus to become a miracle. Do you walk with Jesus to behold a testimony, or do you walk with Jesus to become a testimony? Do you walk with Jesus to watch what Jesus is doing and perhaps will do in the life of another, or do you walk with Jesus to experience that which Jesus can do within your own life?

This woman with the issue of blood was not part of this crowd to behold the miracle which Jesus might do within the life of this little girl, and within the life of this family, but rather that she might become a miracle, and that she might experience a miracle. Oh dear reader, there is a vast and present difference between walking with Jesus simply to watch, observe and behold that which He does within the lives of others, and walking with Jesus to experience that which Jesus wants to do within your own life. This woman had no assurance, nor any guarantee that making her way through the crowd, and her touching the hem of Jesus’ garment would grant unto her that which she desired. We do know that this woman believed within her heart that if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be made whole, however, there was no assurance or guarantee of that reality. I have to admit that I absolutely love the narrative and account of this woman who dared make her way through the crowd, for she seemed to have no concern, nor any care for the work and wonder Jesus was going to do within the life of another. I would dare say the only thing this woman thought and cared about was the work and wonder which Jesus could do within her own life. This woman would make her way through the crowd that she might become a miracle during that day and in the midst of that generation. This woman would make her way through the crowd—not that she might witness and behold what Jesus would and could do within the life of another, for she had her own need she was trying to have met by the person and presence of Jesus the Christ. Please note that I am not speaking of this from the view that this woman perhaps was not compassionate toward the need of this little girl, and of her father which came unto Jesus, but rather that this woman believed within her heart that if she might touch the hem of the garment of Jesus she would be made whole. This woman was not as much concerned with that which Jesus would and could do within the life of this little girl, but that which Jesus would and could do within her own physical body and life. This isn’t to say that this woman cared nothing for the condition and plight of this little girl, however, in that moment—especially after twelve years and finding no assistance or relief from physicians—this woman was concerned with the need that was found within her physical body. This woman worked her way through the crowd in order that she might come unto Jesus and touch the hem of His garment believing within her heart and soul that if she did she would be made whole.

I have to admit that the more I think about and consider the reality of this woman pressing her way through the crowd that she might come unto Jesus to touch the hem of His garment, the more I am brought face to face with the awesome truth that this woman wasn’t content simply being a spectator and observer among a number of them who were perhaps only along for the miracle and healing. There is not a doubt in my mind that there were those who were found within this crowd whose sole intent and whose sole ambition was to witness and behold Jesus the Christ and His potentially bringing healing to this young girl who was twelve years of age. I firmly believe that there were a number of individuals who were part of this crowd who were going along only to witness and behold another miracle Jesus would perform, while there were perhaps some who were going along to witness a miracle from Jesus—perhaps for the first time. This woman who had the issue of blood for twelve years, however, was not content to merely witness and behold a miracle being performed in the life of another individual, for she desired that she herself would receive and experience a miracle within her own physical body. This woman was willing to press her way through the crowd—press her way through a number of casual spectators and observers—that she might become a testimony during those days, and that she might experience a miracle within her own physical body. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this awesome and wonderful reality, for it has the unbelievable ability to transform how we view this particular interaction between the woman and Jesus—and not only between the woman and Jesus, but also Jesus and the crowd. What we must realize and recognize concerning this interaction is that Jesus was on His way to the house of Jairus that He might bring healing to the life of his young daughter. Jesus was on His way to offer healing within the life of another, and her comes this woman whose heart’s desire was to find healing for herself. What great courage, what great boldness, what great faith, and what great tenacity was found within the heart of this woman that she would brave the crowd, and brave the multitude that she might receive and find healing within her own physical body.

The words which we find in this particular portion of Scripture are such that need to be strongly considered, for there are those within the house of the LORD, and those within many of our churches who merely seek to be spectators and observers for what Jesus the Christ might do within the life of another while at the same time having no desire to actually experience a miracle within their own lives. I sit here today thinking about this awesome reality, and the more I think about it the more I am brought face to face with the fact that there is a vast difference between seeking to be one who is nothing more than a casual observer and spectator of the miracle, and those who seek to be and receive a miracle themselves. It is absolutely necessary that we pay close attention to this, for there is a great and powerful need within our hearts and lives to be more than those who merely observe the miracles which Jesus performs within the lives of others, but those who actually experience miracles within our own hearts and lives. There are those who are content going to revival meetings, and tent meetings, and awakenings, and outpourings to be spectators of what is being done in a specific city, or a specific town, or a specific church, and yet there is absolutely no desire to actually experience a miracle within their own lives and physical bodies. This woman with the issue of blood had exhausted all her resources—at least in terms of physicians in the natural realm—and yet there was one option she had left. If there is one thing I absolutely love about this passage it’s that although this woman had exhausted all her resources, and although she had spent most—if not everything she had, she still had faith, she still had trust, she still had confidence to believe that Jesus was able to bring healing into her physical body. This woman was willing to brave the crowd—even brave her own uncleanness according to the Law of Moses—that she might not hear about a miracle being performed in the life of someone else, but might receive and experience a miracle within her own life. Permit me to stop right here and ask where those men and women are who aren’t looking to be spectators of the miracles which are being performed and wrought in the lives of others but are actively seeking and desiring that they themselves be a miracle—yea, even receive a miracle within their own hearts and lives?

If there is one thing I so absolutely love about this woman it’s that she didn’t enter into the crowd, nor did she work her way in the midst of the multitude that she might accompany them to witness and observe another miracle Jesus would produce within the life of someone else. This woman entered into the crowd for one reason and one reason alone—that was to experience and receive a miracle within her own heart and lives. This woman had this issue of blood for twelve years, and the beloved physician Luke writes and records how she had spent all she had on doctors and physicians only to find herself coming up empty and without any viable solution or change in her current position. This woman with the issue of blood had spent everything she had on physicians that they might provide some type of healing and cure for that which she had been struggling with for twelve years, and yet each time she would leave another physician she would leave empty-handed. Building upon this even further I have to admit that one thing I love about this woman is that although she had perhaps exhausted all her options in the physical and natural realm, she did not lose faith, she did not lose hope, she did not lose confidence that something might change within her physical body. If this woman struggled with this issue of blood for twelve years, then it’s possible she struggled and wrestled with it for at least nine years before the manifestation and appearance of Jesus during those days. As you stop and consider the narrative and account of this woman you must think about and consider that prior to the manifestation and appearance of the Messiah she believed her only hope was in physicians and doctors, and she had spent a considerable amount of time, effort, energy and money in these physicians hoping they might offer her some type of relief, hope, and a change in her situation and circumstance.

LIVING YOUR LIFE IN THE REALITY OF BC! LIVING YOUR LIFE BC BUT EXPECTING A MIRACLE IN THE MIDST OF THE MANIFESTATION OF AD! If this woman wrestled and struggled with this issue of blood for twelve years, then it is very likely that she struggled with it for at least nine years prior to the manifestation of Jesus the Christ during those days. If this woman wrestled and struggled with this issue of blood for nine years then that would place this woman’s encounter with Jesus three years into His public ministry. If I am being honest with you who are reading the words found in this passage of Scripture I am inclined to believe that this woman wrestled and struggled with this issue of blood for a full twelve years before the manifestation of Jesus the Christ. This would  indicate that her issue of blood might very well have begun in the eighteenth year of the life of Jesus within and upon the earth, and would last until Jesus turned thirty years of age and would be publicly manifested in the midst of the earth. We know that Jesus was manifested in the midst of the earth when He was thirty years of age, which would seem to suggest that this woman began suffering with this issue of blood before the manifestation of Jesus the Christ. Pause for a moment and think about that reality—the reality that this woman would have wrestled and struggled with this issue of blood during days leading up to the manifestation of Jesus the Christ. It would be during these days this woman thought and believed that physicians were her only hope and only option to somehow cure and heal her of this issue of blood. It wouldn’t be until the twelfth year of this issue—which might very well collided with the manifestation of Jesus the Christ—she would hear and come face to face with another option and alternative. There might be those who would read the narrative of this woman and think that Jesus was perhaps her last and final option, and yet I am absolutely and completely convinced that such logic is tragic, false and misleading. I am absolutely convinced that this woman did not treat Jesus as the last option, for her issue of blood would begin before the manifestation of Jesus in the midst of the earth. This woman’s issue of blood would begin before the world would even know who Jesus of Nazareth even was, and it would last for what might very well have been twelve years up to the time of the manifestation of Jesus in the midst of the earth.

WRESTLING WITH AN ISSUE UNTIL THE MANIFESTATION OF JESUS IN THE EARTH! WRESTLING WITH AN ISSUE UNTIL THE MANIFESTATION OF JESUS WITHIN YOUR LIFE! What I so absolutely love about this woman is that she most likely wrestled and struggled with this issue of blood in those twelve years leading up to the manifestation of Jesus the Christ, and it would be upon hearing the reports and accounts of Jesus the Christ and seeing her opportunity to touch the hem of His garment she would make her move. MAKING THE MOVE FROM BC TO AD! MAKING YOUR MOVE FROM BC TO AD! One of the realities and truths I so love about this woman is that although she had no clue or idea the Messiah was in the earth as she wrestled and struggled with this issue of blood—once she heard the reports and rumors of His manifestation and appearance in the earth she would make her move. Although she had suffered and wrestled with this issue of blood in the years leading up to the manifestation of Jesus the Christ—once Jesus the Christ was manifested in the earth she would seize the opportunity to lay hold of and touch the hem of His garment. This woman believed and was confident within her heart that if she would but touch the hem of His garment she would be made whole of that which caused her to be unclean. Pause and consider what life would have been like for this woman as she spent twelve years living in a state of being unclean in the midst of those who knew her, and those who were aware of her condition. With this being said, I can’t help but wonder if anyone who knew her knew what she wrestled and struggled with inside her physical body. We know from the words found in the Law of Moses that this woman would have been unclean, and that anyone she came in contact with, and/or anyone she touched or would touch her would be made unclean. I can’t help but wonder if anyone even knew that which she was struggling with due to the strict guidelines, commands and statutes within the Law of Moses.

Stop and think about what it would and could have been like for this woman to not only wrestle and struggle with this issue of blood for twelve years before the manifestation of Jesus the Christ, but to perhaps wrestle and struggle with it alone. If this woman told anyone that she had this issue of blood they would know that she was unclean and most likely would have avoided any contact and interaction with her. I can’t help but wonder if this woman had regular human interaction and human contact knowing that her issue of blood would make her unclean. What I so absolutely love and appreciate about this woman is that although she wrestled and struggled with this issue of blood for twelve years, and while she wrestled and struggled with it in those years leading up to the manifestation of Jesus the Christ, she would make her move as Jesus was on His way to the house of a ruler of one of the local synagogues. How absolutely wonderful and incredible it is to think about this woman and how she was willing to make her move at what might seem like an inopportune time as not only was Jesus surrounded by a great crowd and multitude, but so also was Jesus on His way to the house of another to bring healing and wholeness in that place. This woman had spent twelve years wrestling and struggling with this issue of blood, and when she heard the news, the rumors and reports about Jesus the Christ she would make her move to bring herself from beyond the place of “BC—before Christ” into the place of “AD—after Christ.” This woman would make her move to but touch the hem of the garment of Jesus the Christ knowing and believing that if she but touched the hem of His garment she would be made whole. This woman believed and understood that if she but touched the hem of the garment of Jesus the Christ she would be made whole and would be cleansed of this issue of blood. I would love to see this woman as she made her way through the crowd and through the multitude as she might have had to push and shrug people aside and out of the way that she might finally make her way to Jesus. Not only was this woman willing to make her move to transition her reality from “BC to AD,” but this woman was also willing to brave the crowd and push her way through the crowd that she might get close enough to Jesus to touch the hem of His garment.

The narrative of this woman is absolutely remarkable and astounding when you take the time to consider and think about it, for this woman would make her way through the crowd risking exposure, and perhaps even risking making others unclean that she might finally make her way close enough to Jesus to touch the hem of His garment. I can’t help but wonder if anyone in the crowd observed this woman as she made her way through the midst of it to get close enough to Jesus to touch the hem of His garment. This actually brings me face to face with an incredibly important and powerful question—namely, whether or not we are willing to press our way through the crowd, and whether or not we are willing to press our way through the multitude that we might get close enough to Jesus to touch the hem of His garment. It’s absolutely amazing that this woman wasn’t even looking to speak to Jesus, nor was this woman looking for Jesus to stretch forth His hand that He might touch her. This woman’s sole objective, ambition, desire, aim and pursuit was to get close enough to Jesus to but touch the hem of His garment. Pause for a moment and think about the tremendous power of touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, and what touching the hem of His garment can produce and accomplish within the hearts and lives of those who are willing to get close enough to Him to reach and stretch forth. Oh I wonder how far and how much this woman needed to push and press her way through the crowd to finally get close enough to Jesus, and how much this woman would have had to stretch and reach that she might touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. I cannot help but think about and consider what that reach and what that stretch would have been like for this woman that she might touch the hem of Jesus’ garment to receive that which she had desired for twelve long years.

If there is one thing I so value and appreciate when reading the words found in this passage of Scripture it’s that despite the fact that there was a great crowd and multitude of people pressing against and pressing upon Jesus at this particular time, He recognized when someone else touched Him. Scripture records how as soon as this woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, and as soon as virtue and power had gone forth from Jesus He immediately recognized what had happened, and stopped Himself in the midst of the crowd that He might turn and see who it was who touched Him. What’s more, is that not only did Jesus stop Himself there in the midst of the crowd, but Jesus also proceeded to ask who had touched Him. Jesus recognized that power and virtue had gone out from Him, and it was that recognition of power and virtue that went forth from Him that would cause Him to stop in the midst of the crowd and not only ask who touched Him, but also to look for that woman who had touched Him. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand this, for Jesus could have perceived that power and virtue had gone forth from Him, and this woman could have received her healing and cleansing in that moment, and Jesus could have kept going to the house of Jairus. Jesus could have perceived that power and virtue had proceeded forth from His person and being, and He could have left it alone and let this woman go with her healing and cleansing. What we find in this particular passage is not only Jesus perceiving and recognizing that power and virtue had gone forth from His being, but stopping in the midst of the crowd—and not only stopping Himself in the midst of the crowd, but doing so that He might find that person who touched Him. Jesus realized and recognized that someone touched Him, and that someone touched Him in a completely different way than the others in the crowd. Jesus was unwilling to simply allow this woman to go on with her healing and cleansing, and purposed and resolved to interact with this woman. Jesus undoubtedly realized and recognized that power and virtue had gone forth from His being, and it was in that moment He was determined to speak with this one who had touched the hem of His garment.

I cannot escape the fact that Jesus could very easily have allowed this woman to proceed with her healing and go on about this new lease on life knowing that she had been cleansed and that she had been made whole. Jesus didn’t have to stop Himself in the midst of the crowd, nor did Jesus have to inquire who it was in the midst of the crowd who touched Him. Jesus didn’t have stop Himself in the midst of the crowd to speak directly unto this woman, and yet He deliberately chose to do so. Jesus not only chose to allow this woman to go on with her life enjoying her healing and cleansing, but Jesus would also choose to speak directly unto this woman. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this awesome truth, for Jesus purposed and determined that He would speak with this woman after He realized and recognized that power and virtue had gone forth out of His physical body. Pause and think about this reality, for it is one thing to experience the power and virtue of Jesus the Christ, however, it is something else entirely and altogether to experience communication and one on one interaction with Him. Jesus knew and understood that power and virtue had gone forth from His physical body, and Jesus recognized that it had accomplished much within the life of another, and He deliberately and intentionally chose to build upon that manifestation of power and virtue and engage in fellowship and communication. It was true that power and virtue would flow forth from Jesus’ being into the physical body of this woman, and yet Jesus would invite this woman to experience something beyond the manifestation of power and virtue—namely, coming face to face with Him as He would speak directly unto you. With this in mind, please consider if you will the following words which are found in the final verses of the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark concerning the encounter this woman had with Jesus the Christ:

And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched His garment. For she said, If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And His disciples said unto Him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And He looked around about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. And He said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague” (Mark 5:25-34).

STRAIGHTWAY THE FOUNTAIN OF HER BLOOD WAS DRIED UP! SHE FELT IN HER BODY THAT WAS HEALED OF THAT PLAGUE! JESUS, IMMEDIATELY KNOWING IN HIMSELF THAT VIRTUE HAD GONE OUT OF HIM! TURNED HIMSELF ABOUT IN THE PRESS! WHO TOUCHED MY CLOTHES! KNOWING WHAT WAS DONE IN HER! If and as you read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you will not only find Jesus realizing and recognizing what took place within His own being, but you will also find this woman realizing and recognizing what took place within her physical body. Upon reading the words found in this passage you will find that after the woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment the fountain of her blood was immediately dried up. Not only this, but this woman felt within her body that she had been healed of the plague which had haunted her for twelve years. Stop and think about the fact that one single encounter with Jesus—and not even necessarily an encounter with Jesus, but merely touching the hem of His garment could undo and heal twelve years worth of uncleanness, and twelve years of a plague within the physical body of this woman. One single touch of the hem of Jesus’ garment would cause the fountain of blood within this woman to dry up—and not only cause the fountain of blood to be dried up, but would also cause the plague within her body to be healed. Oh how absolutely wonderful and powerful it is to read the words found in this passage of Scripture and consider how one single encounter with Jesus the Christ would completely heal and undo everything this woman had experienced for the past twelve years. I am inclined to believe that this woman struggled and suffered with this issue of blood for twelve years leading up to the manifestation of Jesus the Christ in the midst of the land. It would be one single encounter with Jesus the Christ that would undo the plague that was present within her physical body—and would not only undo the plague which was found in her physical body, but would also lead to an encounter with Jesus the Christ. This woman would experience the virtue and power of Jesus the Christ flowing forth from His person and being, and it would be that single encounter that would completely undo the previous twelve years of suffering and struggling she would experience as a result of this plague.

As I sit here this evening I can’t help but think about the fact that when power and virtue went forth from Jesus and flowed into the physical body of this woman—not only did Jesus realize that power and virtue went forth from His being, but the woman also realized what had taken place within her physical body. It’s something worth noting that when reading this passage you will find both Jesus and the woman realizing that something had taken place, for Jesus recognized that power and virtue had gone forth out of Him, and the woman felt in her body that the fountain of blood was dried up. How absolutely astounding and captivating it is to think about the fact that this woman would make her way through the press and would stretch forth her hand to touch and lay hold of the garment of Jesus, and as a direct result of touching the hem of Jesus’ garment the fountain of her blood would be dried up, and she would be healed of her plague. It is this reality that further confirms the awesome and incredible truth of her being transitioned and brought from the suffering and struggle with a life living in “B.C.—before Christ” into a life of freedom, cleansing and healing in a life in the reality of “A.D.—after Christ.” This woman would spend twelve years of her life—undoubtedly before Jesus would be manifested in the earth, and prior to her hearing reports and rumors concerning Him—struggling and wrestling with this issue of blood, and would spend all that she had to consult physicians that they might provide some cure and healing for her. This woman would spend all she had consulting with various physicians and was none the better, but rather grew worse, and it was in that particular place of growing worse that she sought to but touch the hem of the garment of Jesus. This woman seized her moment to lay hold of the garment of Jesus the Christ that she might receive healing and cleansing within her physical body, and she needed only touch the hem of the garment of Jesus in order to experience healing and wholeness within her physical body.

If there is one thing I absolutely love about the words found in this passage of Scripture it’s that this woman would be called forth from the midst of the crowd—called forth from her place of fear and trembling—and into the presence of Jesus the Christ. As you read the words found in this passage you will find that this woman would be brought from that place behind Jesus and touching the hem of His garment to the place of kneeling before Him—perhaps on her face. I find it incredibly beautiful when reading the words found in this passage of Scripture to think about and consider how this woman would initially make her way through the press and through the crowd behind Jesus that she might touch the hem of His garment, and when Jesus would stop Himself in the midst of the press and ask who touched Him this woman would be brought forth from the place of obscurity and into the place of presence. TRANSITIONED FROM THE PLACE OF SHADOWS INTO THE PLACE OF PRESENCE! I find the narrative and account of this woman to be something worth noting and mentioning, for while this woman would make her way through the press and would come up behind Jesus and touch the hem of His garment, she would be brought forth from the midst of the crowd and into the very presence of Jesus. Instead of this woman merely pressing her way through the crowd she would actually be brought forth from that very same crowd and would find herself before the very One who had granted healing within her physical body. Please do not miss the awesome significance of this truth, for this woman would initially and originally come up behind Jesus as she touched the hem of His garment, and yet she would be brought forth from that place behind Jesus to that place before Jesus. BROUGHT FROM THE PLACE BEHIND JESUS TO THE PLACE BEFORE JESUS! This woman would receive the healing and cleansing she sought after behind Jesus, and yet when she found herself before Jesus as the object of His attention, and as the focal point of the crowd and multitude that thronged Him, she would experience a place of compassion, a place of grace, a place of intimacy, a place of affection, and a place of fellowship. It would be while this woman was on her face before Jesus she would her the tenderness in His voice as He called her “Daughter,” and as He would declare unto her that her faith had made her whole.

Pay close and careful attention to the exchange and dialogue between Jesus and this woman—specifically the words which Jesus would speak unto this woman—for not only would Jesus speak to and refer to this woman as daughter, but He would confirm her healing and cleansing. There before and there in the presence of Jesus this woman would be embraced as a daughter rather than perhaps an outcast, and rather than perhaps as someone who was unclean, and would not only experience healing and cleansing within her physical body, but would hear the voice of Jesus emphatically declare unto her that her faith had made her whole. What’s more is that not only did this woman hear from the mouth of Jesus that her faith had made her whole, but she also heard the instruction of Jesus to go and be whole of her plague. I would like to mention and point out one more time that Jesus could have chosen to allow this woman to experience healing and cleansing within her physical body, and He could have allowed her to go along her way without at all speaking to and addressing her. The truth of the matter, however, is that Jesus would bring this woman into a place beyond healing, and into a place beyond cleansing, and into a place of fellowship, and into a place of intimacy. Jesus would bring this woman out of a place of shadows, out of a place of fear, out of a place of trembling, and out of a place of obscurity and into a place of fellowship, into a place of intimacy, and into a place of interaction with the eternal Son of God. I absolutely love the fact that Jesus wasn’t willing to allow this woman to remain in the shadows, nor was He willing to allow this woman to remain in obscurity, but was willing to call this woman forth from the midst of the press, and out of that place of fear and trembling into a place of fellowship and interaction with Jesus. Not only this, but Jesus would do more for this woman than simply healing and cleansing her of the plague and issue of blood. Jesus would send this woman forth from His presence knowing that her faith was what made her whole, and then instructed her to go and be whole of the plague which had consumed her body.

This woman would be called and brought forth from the midst of the crowd, and from the place behind Jesus into the place before and in the presence of Jesus that she might not only feel that she had been healed and cleansed, but would also hear Jesus declare unto her that her faith had made her whole. It’s quite captivating to consider these words which are found here, for Jesus perceived that virtue had gone forth from Him, and this woman felt within her body that she had been healed of the plague, and Jesus declared unto her that it was her faith which had made her whole from her plague. Jesus would call this woman forth into a place of intimacy and compassion as He called her “daughter,” and He would declare unto her what her faith had accomplished, while also giving her the freedom to go forth from His presence being whole of her plague. The one speaks of the faith of this woman, while the other speaks of the virtue and power which went forth from the physical being and person of Jesus the Christ. I absolutely love the words which Jesus spoke unto this woman, for not only would He reveal unto her that which her faith had accomplished, but He would also speak and reveal unto her that she could go forth from His presence being whole of the plague which had consumed her physical body for twelve years. There is not a doubt in my mind that this woman recounted every part of this journey in the hearing of Jesus, for Scripture reveals that this woman came forth fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, and fell down before Jesus telling Him all the truth. I firmly believe that this woman spoke unto Jesus in the presence of this press and multitude—even in the hearing of Jairus whose own daughter lie at home sick and in need of physical healing—and declared what she had received and experienced within her physical body. This woman found herself in the presence of Jesus describing the struggle she had within her physical body for twelve years, and it was in that twelfth year that Jesus would bring forth healing and cleansing.

I sit here right now thinking about this manifestation of twelve years within my own heart and within my own life, and I can’t help but ask myself if after twelve years of struggling, and after twelve years of wrestling one single encounter within the presence of Jesus would dramatically change, alter and transform everything that had taken place within that time period. There is a part of me that can’t help but wonder if the same Jesus who brought healing and cleansing in the physical person and body of this woman after a twelve year long struggle and bout can indeed and can in fact bring about a powerful shift, a powerful transformation, and a powerful miracle in the midst of my own life. I am sitting here right now thinking about and considering the fact that as I prepare to experience my own twelve year reality if the same Jesus who caused the fountain of blood within this woman’s physical body to dry up, and the same Jesus who brought healing into the physical body of this woman’s body cannot bring healing and cleansing within my own life. I cannot help but find myself thinking about and considering my own encounter with twelve years—a reality which will come into existence fifteen days from now—and how absolutely and incredibly possible it is for Jesus to radically transform the reality that has been in existence for the past twelve years. Not only this, but Jesus has the awesome ability to completely undo absolutely everything that has been done, and everything that has happened over and within the past twelve years. I am finding myself sitting here in this very moment thinking about this twelfth year manifestation within my own life, and how I find myself wondering if Jesus can work and perform something supernatural in this twelfth year as He did within the life of this woman. This woman had spent twelve years wrestling and struggling with this plague, and one single encounter with Jesus would and could completely undo everything she had faced and experienced over the past twelve years. This woman would have faith to believe that if she could but touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be made whole of the plague which was found within her physical body, and it would be her touching the hem of Jesus’ garment that would lead to her being made whole of that plague in a single instant and in a single moment.

I find myself right now looking over upon this reality of twelve years which is about to be manifested within my own heart and life, and the struggle and war that has raged over the past twelve years, and ask the living God if He cannot undo that which has been done over the past twelve years. I am finding myself asking the living God if He can’t bring about a powerful transformation of what has been experienced and what has been done within the past twelve years, and cannot in this twelfth year bring about a powerful healing and a powerful cleansing of that which has plagued every year for the past twelve years. I am absolutely and completely convinced that after twelve years Jesus has the ability to bring complete healing, complete cleansing, and complete deliverance from that which has plagued my life over that period of time. I have to admit that during this twelve year period of time things most certainly have not been easy, and there have been more struggles and more conflicts than I would care to admit. During these twelve years I have found myself wrestling and struggling with things which I have desperately needed freedom, deliverance, healing and cleansing from. As I prepare to enter into this twelfth year I cannot help but ask the living God to work in this period of time that which has been absent during this time. This woman would face and experience this issue of blood for twelve years, and for twelve years this woman would suffer from this plague within her physical body, and it would be in that twelfth year as she would come up behind Jesus and touch the hem of His garment that she would once and for all be made whole from the plague which was present within her physical body. After twelve years of struggle, after twelve years of discouragement, after twelve years of disappointment this woman would find herself—not only coming up behind Jesus and touching the hem of His garment, but also being brought out of the shadows and into the presence of Jesus as she would undoubtedly be brought face to face with the One who had brought healing and cleansing into her physical body.

JESUS UNABLE TO PERFORM MIGHTY WORKS IN HIS OWN COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THEIR UNBELIEF, BECAUSE OF THEIR OFFENSE, AND BECAUSE OF THEIR FAMILIARITY WITH HIM! JESUS MARVELLED BECAUSE OF THEIR UNBELIEF! JESUS SENDS THE TWELVE OUT INTO THE CITIES AND TOWNS TWO BY TWO AS LABOURERS IN THE HARVEST AND AS PARTNERS TOGETHER IN MINISTRY! JOHN THE BAPTIST IMPRISONED AND ULTIMATELY BEHEADED BECAUSE OF HERODIAS’ MANIPULATION OF HEROD! [COME YE YOURSELVES APART INTO A DESERT PLACE, AND REST FOR A WHILE]. THERE WERE MANY COMING AND GOING, AND THEY HAD NO LEISURE SO MUCH AS TO EAT! TEACHING THE CROWDS AND FEEDING THE MULTITUDE! FEEDING THE MULTITUDE WITH THE MULTIPLICATION OF MIRACLE! PICKING UP THE REMAINING BASKETS OF MIRACLE! CAUGHT IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM WITHOUT JESUS IN THE MIDST OF THE SHIP! CAUGHT IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM WITHOUT JESUS BEING PRESENT WITH YOU! FACING THE STORM ALONE WITHOUT JESUS! IN THE FIRST STORM JESUS WOULD STAND IN THE MIDST OF AND SPEAK TO THE STORM, WHILE IN THE SECOND STORM JESUS WOULD COME WALKING IN THE MIDST OF IT, AND WALKING UPON THE WATER! WALKING UPON WATER, AND MAKING A WAY THROUGH THE WAVES! [AND WHITHERSOEVER HE ENTERED, INTO VILLAGES, OR CITIES, OR COUNTRY, THEY LAID THE SICK IN THE STREETS, AND BESOUGHT HIM THAT THEY MIGHT TOUCH IF IT WERE BUT THE BORDER OF HIS GARMENT: AND AS MANY AS TOUCHED HIM WERE MADE WHOLE].

As I prepare to bring this writing to a close I find it incredibly intriguing that when you read these chapters—one of the things you will find within them is another narrative surrounding and centering upon the disciples and a storm. Earlier on we find Jesus and the disciples entering into a ship together, and it would be while they were in the midst of the sea a great temptest would rise up against and upon them. During this first storm Jesus would indeed and would in fact be in the midst of the ship with the disciples, however, He would be sleeping. While the wind, the waves and that storm threatened the existence of the disciples—or at least they thought it would threaten their existence—they would come unto Jesus and cry out to Him that they perished. It’s actually quite intriguing to think about and consider the fact that here we have the disciples in the midst of the storm very much aware of what was going on all around them, and very much aware of the potential danger they were facing, and there was Jesus sleeping in the midst of the ship. There were the disciples in the midst of the sea, and Jesus was doing something that is almost unthinkable in the midst of a storm—namely, sleeping. The disciples would come unto Jesus and awaken Him from His sleep with the declaration that they perished, for the storm would threaten their very existence their very lives. Jesus would awaken from His sleep and would speak to and address the disciples and their fear and lack of faith. After speaking first to the disciples Jesus would then stand up in the midst of the storm and would speak to the storm that was upon the sea. When we read the narrative of this storm we find Jesus in the midst of the ship and in the midst of the storm with the disciples—despite the fact that He was initially sleeping in the midst of the ship. Jesus would awaken from His sleep and would arise from His place of slumber and would stand up in the midst of the storm—almost as if to confront and face the storm head on—and would rebuke both the wind and the waves. Immediately after hearing the words and voice of Jesus the Christ the wind and the waves both ceased, and the sea and water would become completely at rest and completely peaceful. There in the midst of the storm Jesus would speak to and rebuke the wind and the waves, and as a direct result of the authority and dominion within His voice, His words and His person, the storm had to obey and yield without any resistance.

Upon reading the words found in this section of Scripture you will find the disciples yet in another storm—this time, however, the disciples would face the storm alone and without Jesus there in the midst of the ship with them. We know that this storm would come directly on the heels of Jesus feeding a multitude of people and having sent the crowds away. After performing this miracle of feeding this great multitude with only a few loaves of bread and only a few fish Jesus would not only send the crowds away, but Jesus would also instruct His disciples to enter into the ship and set out for the other side of the sea. Jesus would send the crowds away to their homes after having fed and satisfied them with bread and fish, and yet He would send the disciples into a ship, in the midst of the sea, and quite honestly into the midst of the storm. There is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus knew exactly what would and what could happen to the disciples as they were out in the midst of the sea in the ship, and Jesus knew the storm would come upon them there in the midst of the sea. We know from Scripture that it would be while the disciples were out in the midst of the sea and in the grip of the storm Jesus would be atop the mountain praying. John Mark writes concerning this narrative that Jesus sent away the people to their homes, but sent the disciples into the midst of the sea, while He Himself remained upon the land praying. Mark also writes—as does the other synoptic authors—that it was while Jesus was alone on the land that He would see the disciples toiling in rowing, for the wind was contrary to them. The apostle Matthew would write how after Jesus had sent the multitudes away, He would go up into a mountain apart to pray, and when evening come, He was there alone. Matthew goes on to write that the ship was in the midst of the sea tossed to and for by the waves, for the wind was contrary. SENT TO FACE THE STORM ALONE! SENT TO ENDURE THE STORM ALONE! I have to admit that there is a part of me that can’t help but wonder whether or not Jesus would send the disciples into the midst of the sea to face yet another storm with the notable distinction and difference being this time the disciples were alone in the ship in the midst of the sea with the wind and waves being contrary. Jesus would send the disciples away from His presence, and would instruct them to get into a ship that they might begin to set sail upon the waters of the sea. It would, however, be while the disciples were in the midst of the ship upon the sea that the wind would begin to resist them, and the waves would begin to rage and roar upon the sea.

I find it incredibly intriguing to read the words found within these passages of Scripture, for one almost gets the sense that Jesus not only sent the disciples out into the midst of the sea alone without Him present among them, and went up to a mountain to pray that He might not only watch and observe them in the midst of the storm, but also that He might pray and intercede for them. I can’t help but get the strong sense that Jesus sent the disciples into the midst of the sea to face the storm alone—and yet the disciples were never truly alone, for it would be while they were there in the midst of the sea Jesus would not only be praying, but would also see and observe them toiling in rowing as the wind and the waves were contrary to them. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this awesome reality, for what we find here is a powerful picture of Jesus sending His disciples out in the midst of the sea where they would face a storm alone without Him present in the ship with them, and yet Jesus would never truly be apart from them, for He would pray [perhaps praying for them that their faith might not fail and that their fear would not prevail] atop the mountain, would watch and observe them in the midst of the storm, and would ultimately come unto them. Not only would Jesus come unto the disciples walking in the midst of the storm, but Jesus would also come unto the disciples there in the midst of the sea walking upon the water, and walking in the midst of the waves. WHEN JESUS PRAYS THAT YOUR FEAR WOULD NOT PREVAIL, AND THAT YOUR FAITH WOULD NOT FAIL! FEAR THAT WILL NOT PREVAIL, AND A FAITH THAT WILL NOT FAIL! I find it absolutely wonderful and remarkable when reading this narrative that although Jesus would send the disciples into the midst of the sea to face the storm alone, He would ultimately come unto them walking upon the water in the midst of the storm. It would be when the disciples saw Jesus walking upon the water and coming toward them in the midst of the sea they were fearful, and it would be Jesus who would speak comfortably unto them and instruct them to be of good cheer, for it was Him and they need not be afraid.

What is truly something worth noting about this particular storm is that even as Jesus walked upon the water in the midst of the storm, the storm would still be raging upon the sea. We know from the previous narrative of the storm that Jesus would awaken from His slumber, that Jesus would stand up in the midst of the storm, and that Jesus would speak to the storm. That which we find here, however, is entirely and altogether different, for this time around the disciples would be in the midst of the wind and the waves alone as they labored, toiled and struggled rowing because the wind and the waves were contrary to them. This time around—although Jesus would not be in the ship with them—we find Jesus atop a mountain praying [perhaps that the faith of His disciples might not fail and that their fear might not prevail], and ultimately coming unto them in the midst of the storm as He walked upon the water and in the midst of the waves. Although the narrative written by John Mark does not speak to or reveal this particular aspect and element of this encounter with the storm, the apostle Matthew writes how when Simon also called Peter realized it was the Lord upon the water, and in the midst of the waves there on the sea he would ask Jesus to bid him to come if it was truly Him. Jesus would oblige Simon’s request and words and would beckon for him to step out of the boat, step on to the water, and to come unto Him. How absolutely incredible it is to think about the fact that not only did Jesus invite Simon to step out of the boat, and not only did Jesus invite Simon to step on to the water, but beyond stepping out of the boat and stepping on to the water, Jesus would also bid Simon to come unto Him, which would require him walking on the water and walking in the midst of the wind and the waves. It wasn’t enough for Simon to merely step out of the boat and to step on to the waters, for the ultimate reason and purpose for his getting out of the boat was to come unto Jesus as He stood in the midst of the sea, in the midst of the storm, and upon the water. Initially Simon would walk upon the water and would walk in the midst of the waves of the sea as he would make his way unto Jesus. I am trying to picture and imagine what it would be like for Simon as he not only stepped out of the boat, and not only stepped on to the water of the sea, but also began walking on the water in the midst of the sea. Scripture is unclear how far Simon actually made it before his fear began to take hold of him, and he would begin sinking in the midst of the sea. What we do know is that so long as his faith would remain strong and in tact he would be able to walk on the water and come unto Jesus. It would be when and as he began looking upon the wind and the waves, and began allowing fear to lay hold of his heart that he would begin sinking.

If we wish to truly understand the words which are found in this passage of Scripture we must understand that although the disciples might have been alone in the ship in the midst of the sea with the wind and the waves being contrary unto them, they were never truly alone as not only would Jesus be atop the mountain praying for them, but He would also watch and observe their struggle in the midst of the storm. Jesus would watch and observe the disciples laboring, toiling and struggling in the midst of the sea, and in the fourth watch of the night He would come unto them walking upon the water. JESUS COMES TO YOU IN THE MIDST OF YOUR STORM! ALONE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM, YET NEVER TRULY ALONE! Jesus would come unto the disciples in the midst of the storm, and would walk upon the water as He made His way to them, and once the disciples realized that it was Jesus in the midst of the sea and in the midst of the storm, Simon beckoned Jesus to bid him come unto Him upon the water. Jesus would accept Simon’s request, and would bid him to step out of the boat, to step on to the water, and to come unto Jesus there in the midst of the storm as he walked on the water. I can’t help but wonder what it was like for the other disciples as they watched Simon not only get out of the boat, and not only step on to the water, but also walk upon the water and come unto Jesus. A question I can’t help but ask and wonder is why and how none of the other disciples dared get out of the boat with Simon, and walked on the water. We know that Simon got out of the boat, stepped on to the water, and began walking on the water unto Jesus, but could you imagine what it would have been like if all twelve disciples had gotten out of the boat, and if all twelve disciples stepped out on to the water, and not only began walking unto Jesus, but actually stood before and around Him there in the midst of the storm. If Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego could be loosed in the midst of the fiery furnace as they walked and talked with the Son of man, then surely the disciples could have walked upon the water unto Jesus in the midst of the storm, and stood there in the midst of that storm. Scripture is unclear what went through the hearts and minds of the other disciples as they remained within the ship with the wind and the waves still being contrary, but I can’t help but wonder what it would have been like had they actually stepped out of the boat, stepped on to the waters of the sea, and as they could very well have had a fellowship there in the midst of the sea. As I close this writing out I can’t help but call you to think about and consider what would and what could have happened there in the midst of the sea if not only Simon got out of the boat, but also if all the disciples had gotten out of the ship, and as they all stepped out on to the water and not only made their way unto Jesus, but also stood there with Jesus in the midst of the storm. The question we must ask ourselves is whether or not we are willing to be those who are not only willing to step out of the boat, and not only those who step on to the water in the midst of the wind and the waves, but those who are able to make our way to Jesus in the midst of the storm, and stand there with Him in the midst of the storm. There is a song titled “Praise You In the Storm,” and while the song itself seems nice and has a nice ring to it, I would dare say it is only a fraction of a tremendous reality we can experience in the midst of the storm—namely, standing in the midst of the storm and there in the midst of it fellowshipping with Him. What’s more, is that I would dare say that praising Him in the midst of the storm is a nice concept, but oh where are those who can actually walk in the midst of the storm, those who can stand in the midst of the storm, and those who can fellowship with Jesus in the midst of the storm that rages all around them?

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