“When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of Him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she touched Him and that she had been immediately healed.” — Luke 8:47
I still remember the day I saw him. Towering as tall as the oak tree in my grandfather’s front yard (or so it seemed). At six-foot eight inches tall, Uncle Otho was an intimidating figure.
My fears melted away when I saw that giant smile and heard that deep voice saying, “Why, you must be Tony, I just know you are going to be my bestest buddy!”
For many people, life has been a lot of not being recognized, not being acknowledged, not being known. Until, much to their amazement, like me as a little boy with that giant of an uncle, they find out that the biggest Person in the world – in the universe – really knows and cares about who they are. There comes that moment when it’s as if He seems to call you by name.
It happened to a woman in Jesus’ day, and it can happen to you – no matter how you’ve been treated in your life. Luke 8:42-44, says, “As Jesus was on His way, the crowds almost crushed Him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.” Now Jesus goes on to ask who touched Him, which surprises His disciples that He could sense an individual encounter in such a crowd of people.
And here’s the part I love. “Then, the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at His feet.” She was utterly amazed. This woman, who had been ignored and passed over by so many people, had been noticed by the Son of God.
So have you. In fact, you have no idea what you mean to Jesus; because you’re His one-of-a-kind creation. In the words of the Bible, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:10) You are very special to Jesus. He made you.
Not only are you His unique creation, you are His very expensive purchase. When Jesus went to that brutal cross, it was literally to die in your place, to absorb all the guilt and the death penalty for every sin you’ve ever sinned. He took your hell so you could go to Heaven. What a price!
So no matter how excluded or unimportant or lonely you may feel, the most important person in the universe never stops thinking about you; never stops loving you. God says, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast? … Though she may forget you, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands.” (Isaiah 49:15, 16) Every time Jesus looks at His hands He sees the nail prints left by the price He paid for you.
The question isn’t whether Jesus has noticed you; it’s whether you have noticed Him. That woman in the Bible received what Jesus had because she reached out in faith to Him. Has there ever been a time when you reached out to Jesus and said, “Lord, You are my only hope of knowing God, of being forgiven, of going to heaven. I’m yours.” You’ll never experience His love or His life until you do.
If you want to begin a relationship with this One who loves you as no one else ever has, tell Him that right where you are. Even while you’ve been too busy to notice Jesus, He has been reaching out to you. Today His nail-scarred hand is reaching your way one more time. Don’t miss Him.