Mark tells the story (Mark 5) of a woman who touched Jesus cloak. Power went from Him to heal her and the disciples told Him He shouldn’t ask, “Who touched me?” because of the huge crowd (the nerve of those guys – haha). Yet Mark records this . . .
“But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.” (Mk. 5:25 NIV)
Why did Jesus keep looking? … Because the greatest power wasn’t in the healing itself, the greatest power was in the prophetic encouragement that followed. The healing authenticated the message that Jesus knew needed to be shared with this woman. Here’s the message . . .
“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.’” (Mk. 5:25 NIV)
She was already healed, why did Jesus need to tell her, “be freed from suffering?” Because her real suffering was mental and emotional. Her real suffering was the intense stigma of being unclean all the time. Her real suffering was feeling like God had rejected her, feeling like an orphan. What was Jesus first word? “Daughter” In one word, Jesus undid years of animosity from religious people, years of distance between her and God. Peace now became her inheritance.
So many of you have had the opportunity to minister healing to people recently and this makes me so excited! Here’s the next charge from your pastor, after you see healing – keep looking. Keep looking for God’s message to that person. Keep searching God’s heart and mind, for the nugget that He saw in that person to make them a candidate for supernatural confirmation. Pouring out God’s heart to them in that moment is a way to steward what God has done and be a candidate for more.