Love is Vulnerable

Mark 5:27When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment (NKJV).

The woman with an issue of blood heard about Jesus, dropped the labels, and threw caution to the wind. There was something so different about Him that it provoked her to get up off her deathbed and out of the house. She would stop at nothing to touch Him. She was convinced He was unlike any of the other religious folks she knew, and she was right. I often wonder if the same can be said of me. Can the same be said of you?

Hebrews 1:3 says, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being” (NIV). In other words, Jesus is love (1 John 4:8). So while on earth, He was love personified. People are drawn to love, especially those who are hurting. It’s no wonder the woman with an issue of blood was willing to risk everything to be near Him.

Notice it wasn’t a scribe that she came out to see, nor was it one of the Pharisees or other religious leaders. She made herself vulnerable for Jesus. Love in its purest form caused her to let her guard down, whereas religion had pushed her to fortify her defenses. The law has a way of keeping people boxed in; love came to break them out.

The woman in our story wasn’t the only one to lower her defenses; Jesus did as well. I believe love attracts vulnerability because it is itself vulnerable. The church had well-established walls to prevent access to people like her. After all, anything she touched, or even went near, became unclean as well (Leviticus 15:25-27). Love has no such walls. Jesus put Himself out there and allowed Himself to be touched by her because that’s what love does.

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