• Georgina Russell

Who are you?


Luke 8:43-48

‘A Woman with the Issue of Blood’

A woman had suffered blood loss for 12 years, she was physically and mentally exhausted, and had used all her money on treatments. Isolated from her family and society she may have been left by her husband, probably barren, which was such a stigma for a woman.

The woman was considered unclean, untouchable, unholy. Jewish men would avoid being near her or even seeing her; she was rejected and needy in every way.

We don’t even know her name.

One day she heard Jesus was in her area and she just knew the first steps to healing were to get her weak and desperate self into His presence.

Bravely she sought Him and she wasn’t concerned about the crowd.

She reached out and touched the hem of His garment, for Jesus this encounter wasn’t quick or unnoticed; He turned to see who it was and fully engaged her. He looked at her and spoke to this unclean and rejected woman and said; “Daughter, your faith has made you well”

It wasn’t just her need but her faith that Jesus responded to.

In Jesus’ busy day on the way to attending the daughter of a person with a high position He responds to the ‘interruption’ with love and gentleness.

However the life changing word ‘Daughter’ brought complete healing, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Her body became a representation of God’s healing and restoration.

One simple word says and does so much.

Jesus told her who she was… a Child of God, Daughter of the Most High.

He calls us Daughter or Son, we only receive our true identity from Him.

Like the woman we can spend all our money and time on fixes, which may satisfy for a while, and we can accept the identity the world gives us, and still not be whole.

Or, like the woman, we can bring ourselves to Jesus and accept who He says we are.

As a Daughter or Son, we are fully accepted in the Beloved.

Psalm 139:13-16 tells us ‘we are fearfully and wonderfully made.’

It’s easier to be close to God when you know who you are, and whose you are.


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