Based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 8:12
OBJECT: a piece of clothing
We talked last time about miracles. We said that we can’t do miracles, but God can. There is something we can do, though, that God can use to do miracles. We can have faith.
There’s a beautiful story in the Bible about a woman who had been sick for 12 long years. She wanted Jesus to heal her, but she was afraid to go right up to Him and ask for His help. So she thought to herself, “If I just touch His cloak, I know I’ll be healed.” Jesus was walking in a crowd of people, and the woman quietly crept up behind Him. She reached out, ever so carefully. She probably just barely touched the edge of Jesus’ clothes, like this (touch the clothing item). The gospel of Matthew tells us the woman was healed “from that moment,” right away! Jesus said to her, “Take heart, daughter. Your faith has healed you.”
Now we know Jesus healed the woman. There was nothing she did to heal herself. But Jesus wanted her to know how important her faith was. Jesus didn’t go up to people who doubted Him and say, “Here! Let me do a few miracles so you’ll believe in Me!” In fact, when some people tried to demand that Jesus work a miracle, He refused. Instead, He turned to people who already had faith in Him, and they were the ones for whom He worked miracles. Then He used their faith and His miracles to prove that He was the Son of God.
You see, Jesus doesn’t want us to have faith in the miracle itself. He doesn’t even want us to just believe that he is a man with special powers to do the impossible. Jesus wants us to have faith in His ability to do miracles because we believe He is God.