We talked about how the whole story would have been shorter and more to everyone’s liking if Jesus HAD NOT stopped to confront Faith or hear her story. However, his purpose was to do MORE than just heal her.
Wait . . . more than just heal?
Well, as I read it, she was already healed when she approached him with her fear and trembling. The faith to receive healing didn’t mean she was freed from her fears after 12 years of isolation and separation. Her fear STILL existed even after she’d been healed. When she offers her confession of the whole truth, she’s cowering at his feet, trembling. It is THEN that Jesus gives her the MORE, the peace and freedom from suffering. While her faith healed her, it was her encounter with Jesus that freed her from suffering.
I believe it is THIS confession, THIS whole truth, THIS willingness to speak about what Jesus has healed in us, that replaces our shame with humility, peace, and freedom by bringing Christ the GREAT GLORY he deserves. Our story becomes about the larger work He is doing.