So we are at the last stage of our walk with Tikvah. You guys need to clap for me because for the first time I have actually come to the end of a series. Forgive me though, I mean to finish up the ones I’ve left incomplete and I will! Okay, we were introduced to this woman with the issue of blood, we saw her get her faith up and go touch the garment of Jesus. We’ve seen the disciples act like one of us and now we are going to talk about what happens after the disciples asked Him. Oh and the featured image art is by @riddle_dela
Mark 5:32-34 KJV
 And he looked round 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. …
I wondered, if Jesus felt virtue leave Him as she touched His garment, then He knew she was healed. Why did He need to find out who it was? Because He knew who it was, He knew what she had been healed from, knew her story. Calling her out served no purposed I thought, but it did. She was healed alright but He needed to make her whole.
Healed meant that she had stopped bleeding, which was good but whole meant that whatever she had lost and suffered as a result of it would also be restored unto her. Jesus called out for her because He wasn’t finished. I wrote a post a while ago about when you let Jesus in, He would perfect you. Jesus doesn’t like to leave things unfinished. He needed to perfect what had been started in her when she touched His garment.
The first thing I noticed about this was that He said ‘daughter’. He gave her a new identity. That’s the first thing Jesus does when we go to Him. He forgives us for our sin, He cleanses us and He gives us a new identity. He doesn’t want us to be identified with the old for they have passed away. He doesn’t want us to carry the old label and shame anymore. He calls us differently so that the consequences of our old lives or old selves have no power over us. They cease to rule in our lives because we are no longer bound to that life.
He didn’t want Tikvah to be the maiden with the issue of blood anymore and so right there, in front of her neighbours, family and everyone present, He announced that She was His! That there was no need for her to feel alone and unwanted. In calling her daughter, He was telling her, she had a relationship with Him that gave her access to Him so she need not be afraid. He was making a public announcement that she didn’t have to go back into isolation like she had for the past 12 years and she never had to feel abandoned.
In forgiving her, He empowered her to forgive
After letting her know that He wasn’t angry she touched His garment, that she shouldn’t be afraid because she had access to freely receive from Him, He told her that she was whole. The work had been done. She had not only stopped her issue of blood by touching His garment but He had freed her from shame, healed her from her broken heart, given her new identity. He restored unto her, the years the illness stole from her. In forgiving her, He empowered her to forgive others who had hurt her during that period. In showing her love and kindness, she was empowered to be loved and to love once again. She was free to mingle with people, free to work again. He had freed her and released her to live her best life.
That’s the Jesus I am getting to know and love. He doesn’t come into your life only for the reason you called Him for, Once You give Him access and He’s is in here, He takes charge and straightens all crooked lines. He restores all broken pieces. He just needs you to invite Him in. There is nothing to messy or too broken for Him to handle. You are never too far gone for Him. You are never too dirty or too impure. Let’s just look at this story of Tikvah, She had been bleeding for years. You can’t be more unfit or impure to touch His garment than she was but look at what happened, He restored her.
What makes you think He can’t do same for you? Sometimes we continue to run from God because we think we are too deep into the mess or too far gone. We believe that even if God forgives us of it, we’d have to live with the consequences of our actions but God doesn’t leave us there. He graces us to forgive ourselves and forgive people involved as well. He hands us a clean slate to begin a new journey.
God is waiting for you to understand that His love is unconditional.
God sees all things and knows all things. We need not be ashamed of the ugliness in our past. He knows all about it but is still standing at the gates like the father of the prodigal son, waiting for you to come home. Waiting for you to understand that His love is unconditional. Waiting for you to understand that He doesn’t keep score of your wrongdoing after you repent. He’s still that good Father. He’s saying to come to Him and let Him make you whole.