The Thought for the Week this week is written by Eric Wylie

by Susie Jean Sharkey


Mark 5v 24-34

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Unstoppable

I remember hearing a wonderful sermon about how God, when determined upon a course of action was unstoppable. The evidence to support the theory is recorded all throughout the bible and, very clearly marked around His plan for the salvation of His people.

God purposed to send Jesus to redeem us and, Satan it seems purposed to stop His coming: The Egyptians were used to try and destroy the nation from whence He would come: All male children were to be killed but, Moses was and his people survived. They were chased to the Red sea by an army to be slain but, God neither the army nor the sea could stop them. All the peoples of Canaan tried to stand against them but, failed to stop them. Haman had a decree written, to obliterate those from whom Christ would spring forth but, even that could not stop His coming. 

When Christ came. King Herod and his soldiers tried to stop Him when he was still a baby but, even as a baby He could not be stopped. As a man: a crowd tried to throw Him from a cliff but, they could not lay a hand on Him and he walked through them. Even Satan himself tried to stop Him with the promise of the whole world, when tempting Him in the desert but, Jesus was unstoppable, unmovable and victorious. The pharisees and sadducees tried to deflect I’m from His purpose but, He moved inexorably on. Pilate would have stopped Him from going to the cross but, could not.

Even after He was dead they tried to stop Him. They sealed His Grave with a huge stone and placed guards at His tomb. But all along, Christ had purposed to rise again and, nobody and nothing could stop Him. He was and is UNSTOPPABLE.

Or so it would seem.

The verses above tell the story of how Jesus had purposed to go and raise a little girl from the dead. Indeed He was on His way to do this momentous miracle, when suddenly He was stopped. Not only did He stop. He actually turned around. Many people were touching Him but, He stopped for one lady in the crowd. When she touched Him she was touching Him with faith filled fingers. Fingers that needed Him, and believed in Him and, reached out to Him.

 Jesus is the same today as He ever was. The bible says so.

The truth is: That despite all of His power and His Glory. God can be stopped by one little finger. God will stop at any time for those who reach out to Him like that lady did, and turn and speak His words of love and compassion. The lady had Faith and Hope and she left His presence full of Love.