A Faith that Heals: Meditations from Matthew

Written By Katie Harms

This morning in my Bible reading, I was reminded afresh of the beauty and joy in the Gospel. The scene – Jesus has been asked to raise a girl from the dead, and in the commotion and the busyness of ministry, a woman reached out to touch Jesus’ garment. Immediately, she was healed. Twelve years of illness was gone in an instant. And Jesus’ words strike me with hope: “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” (Matthew 9:22).

Faith made her well.

She didn’t come to Jesus with her resume filled with her church attendance, children’s ministry, and hours spent feeding the hungry at the local soup kitchen. Likewise, Jesus did not send her away with a prescription for good works, which would ready her body and soul for healing.

She acted on faith, trusting that merely touching his garment would heal her.

Too often I get caught thinking that I qualify myself for healing, service, or the Lord’s grace by my good works, and I’m left feeling discouraged, lonely, and hopeless. The beauty of the Gospel is that we will never be qualified for God’s kingdom.

The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him.” (Isaiah 59:15b-16).

Jesus intercedes. His arms brought us salvation. He offered his body on the cross.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. “ (I Peter 2:24)

Jesus isn’t physically walking among us today, as much as I wish I could sit at His feet and see His face. But by faith, He brings us to His good Father. And with confidence I approach His throne of grace, and with my hope fully anchored in His Word, I look forward to the day that I will see Him face to face.

Meet Katie: God's Word is the living water for my soul, but I also thank him every morning and afternoon for coffee. I love coffee. I am surrounded by four little women, so I find myself painting nails, snuggling with books on the couch and eating good food. I love ice cream, tiramisu and coffee, yup worth a second mention. My husband is set on me falling in love with the water, so he just bought us a canoe. We have our best conversations outside or drinking coffee!


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