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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. (Mark 5:32,33, NIV)

This is the third time in Mark that Jesus “looked around.”

In the synagogue, He ordered the man with the withered hand to stand up. Some in the crowd were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus for healing on the Sabbath, and Jesus asked them whether it was lawful to do good or evil on that day. When they were silent, Jesus “looked around at them in anger … deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts” (3:5).

The second time Mark records Jesus looking around comes in 3:34,35 when His mother and brothers are on the outside and He looks around at those seated in a circle about Him and exclaims, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Thus, we can summarize: The first “look around” shows Jesus with steady eye contact sweeping each individual in the synagogue when He is angry and distressed. The second steady eye contact comes as He speaks foundational truth of the Kingdom — that membership in the Kingdom results not from bloodlines, but from obedience.

Here, with the bleeding woman, Jesus looks around once more. But this time He is not eyeballing the crowd with anger or instruction, but with compassion. He looks to find who touched Him.

Evidently some time elapsed from the moment Jesus asked, “Who touched Me?” to the moment when the woman fell at His feet and told her story. How do we know that? Because He kept looking around, and in the meantime the disciples were asking Him why He even asked the question, given the press of people around Him.

The woman delayed. Why? Her trembling shows us. She was afraid. Why did she fear? Because she knew she had ritually defiled Jesus. Could it be the deeper fear was that she would lose the healing because she had offended Him by touching the tassel of His garment?

She knew she had been healed. Perhaps she was tempted just to melt away into the crowd and not risk losing what she had sought for 12 years — relief from her suffering and healing from her disease. Her fear arose from her concern that she had gravely offended Him.

She’s shaking as she falls at Jesus’ feet. What happens, though, when we tell Jesus the truth?

Are you afraid that if you told Him everything going on in your life that He would also turn you away? What if you were to tell Jesus, as this woman did, “the whole truth”?

The good news of Jesus is that He already knows the whole truth and still loves you, accepts you, saves you and heals you. It really is amazing, isn’t it?

Jesus wants us to come to Him with “the whole truth” so that we can live in His light and realize that no matter what we tell Him it will not change in the least His love for us.

Just like with the woman in this story, Jesus will not withdraw His healing or salvation when we pour out the entire story.


A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, look around today and find me. I need Your compassion. Thank You, Lord, that even though You know everything about me, You still love me and You bring health and healing into my life.

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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