Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Falling Into Grace

Amazing revelation I had as I was listening to Rob Rufus read out Mark chapter 5 about the woman who had a flow of blood. I paused the sermon and came to post this.

"And a great crowd followed Him and thronged about Him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, 'If I touch even His garments, I will be made well.' And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease."

Does this sound familiar? I hear about this in the church a lot. We go to person after person seeking what will give us victory in our lives and end the constant feelings of condemnation and unworthiness. We try as hard as we can and re-dedicate ourselves over and over, but things only get worse.

Preachers, revivals, motivational speeches, reading the Bible more, praying more, giving more, helping more, having guilt and condemnation cannot give life. Trying harder only makes things worse. It by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ that gives us life.

4 comments:

Joel Brueseke - Grace Roots said...

Been there done that, I tell ya. Got the t-shirt and all the souvenirs. ;) For some strange reason the flow of blood kept getting worse!

But just touching the pure garment of Jesus' own righteousness stopped the flow. Hallelujah!

jul said...

What I love about that one (or one of the sermons where Rob talks about this passage anyway) is that he points out she was breaking the law to be out in pulic and then even touching someone. She was unclean. Yet her faith caused her to jump ahead into the New Covenant and risk everything to touch Jesus. Now that's faith--she chose Jesus over the law.

Daelon said...

Joel,

It's awesome to be reminded from people who have been under law even longer than I have to remind me that it doesn't work. Thats one reason I love reading your blog. You let me know not to use that road of re-dedication anymore. Thank you!! =)

Jul,

I know exactly what you mean. I had always wondered why the woman was so afraid until Rob said that people like her would be stoned for doing such things. I realized what a huge step of faith that was...Amazing.

Grace Walker said...

Matthew, another great post! :o)

Joel, love the whole been there, done that, got the t-shirt and all the souvenirs, lol. Mind if I use that too?

Jul, thank you for sharing from Rob's sermon about this. I had never thought of it from that perspective and it shed a whole new light for me!