A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.
Luke 8: 43,44
We don't get a lot of detail on this woman's condition but do know that in Jewish society this woman would be considered unclean. And those that came in contact with her became unclean as well. This meant that was she shunned on a regular basis by all devout Jews, both public and family. She had to move about the outskirts society letting everyone who approached know of her condition. We know that she had suffered long and that she had spent her income on seeking a cure but none could be found. Her final act of desperation was to sneak through the crowd of people who were supposed to avoid contact with her in an attempt to touch the hem of Jesus, the miracle working Rabbi. I imagine that if those around Jesus knew that they were in contact with an unclean woman they would have been extreme angry for being defiled. I believe this is why she tried to hide when Jesus asked "Who touched me?"
I don't think she would have risked this unless she was desperate. Yet it is when we come to the place of desperation that life change comes. Our sin will hold us in bondage until we are willing to risk all to fall at the feet of Jesus. It is in that place where appearances and what others think of us no longer matters, the place where Jesus has our complete focus and attention. It is there where we see him for who he is in our life.
Have you ever reached the point where nothing else but Jesus matters?
How much is your relationship with Christ influenced by what others think?