For so long, too long maybe, I’ve equated myself with the woman with the issue of blood. Have you ever done that? Related yourself with one of the many that cried out to Jesus, sought Him for a touch, a healing, some deliverance? Have you ever thought to yourself, “Maybe if I cry out the louder like blind Bartimaeus, I’ll finally get freed of…..?” (insert your personal affliction here) Or “Maybe if my faith was greater my faith would make me whole….”
There’s something in my life, my body, that I’ve been wanting to be freed of. Something that has, quite honestly, tormented me for the last 35 years. Something that I’ve recently decided to, beyond a shadow of a doubt, be freed from. To stand unwavering for. And as I was doing my hair and making my “faith declarations,” an image of the woman with the issue of blood came to mind. I pictured her crawling through the crowds on her hands and knees, sneaking her way towards Jesus, weaving between dirty, sandal-covered feet, dust and sand being kicked up into her face as the multitudes thronged Jesus, the whole time saying to herself, “If I may but touch….I will be….”
But then His voice broke in and interrupted my imaginations: “Are you not wearing a robe now? Why do you need to ‘touch it’ daughter when you yourself are clothed in something far better and far greater?” That stopped me in my tracks. And He began to unravel a truth to me.
He told me that at that moment in that story with the woman, He was just a man in a robe, filled with the Holy Spirit. (Oh, I know what you’re thinking: blasphemy! How can you call Jesus just a man???) But He was the SON OF MAN, who made Himself of no reputation (Phil. 2:7-8; in the Greek it means make empty, abase, neutralize) and had to come as a man to reclaim our stolen authority and dominion. But I digress…
See, at that time He hadn’t yet laid down His life, shed His blood, the sacrifice hadn’t been made, He hadn’t died & risen, the firstfruits offering had yet to be given…and therefore He hadn’t yet sent His Spirit to abide in His people. There was no redemption, no reconciliation, no restoration. He was training His disciples how to go and be and do what He was doing and being, so that they could carry out the legacy once He died and He was no longer physically on the Earth. He came not only to redeem to but SHOW what the New Creature was supposed to look, speak, act and live like. He came as our example.
But, once He did die & rise again, once He did send His Spirit, everything changed.
Now there was reconciliation, restoration, salvation, redemption and RECREATION. Now there was ADOPTION into the Kingdom to become Sons & Daughters.
And now, He said to me, now as a child of the kingdom there is NO reason any longer for me (or any one of us) to relate to that woman, or blind Bartimaeus, or the leper…there was no reason for us to think of ourselves as crawling on our hands and knees towards Him for healing or deliverance. It’s already been given to us. It’s our inheritance as Sons. All that the kingdom has is ours and it’s His good pleasure to give it to us (Luke 12:32). We have been raised up into the highest position: seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). We are right there, with Jesus, seated at the right hand of the Father! And yet we picture ourselves crawling and begging and crying out.
We wear the garments of kings and priests because that’s who we are now. (1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:10)
He told me that I (we) now wear a robe – the robe of righteousness! We are wearing the garment of salvation! It’s already on us, brethren! ( I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10). It’s the garment that speaks of “christos,” the anointing of the Holy One Himself upon us as HIS BODY here on earth!
But even better than that, He said that I (we) are clothed in Christ Himself! “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:27 (“put on” in the Greek means sinking into a garment, to invest with clothing). The Greater One lives on the inside of us! (1 John 4:4) That I have been endued with power from on high, that I am a temple of the living God, that I house the Spirit of Christ Himself within me….(1 Corinthians 3:16)
And armed with these truths, not only do I not need to position myself with that woman to receive anything of God, but that now, as His temple, as Christ’s body and physical representation on this earth, that people can/should touch ME and MY garments and be healed and set free. (I can hear your thoughts: WOAH, you said. Bordering on blasphemy again)…but what else are we here for? He said: “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8) See? His disciples already had their freedom, their deliverance. Now THEY were to go and give it to others.
All that He came to do, WE’RE to do. (Mark 16:17-20; Matthew 28:18-20)
He keeps saying to me: Come up higher, come in closer. And not that I’m not already there (spiritually) but that I need to get there in MY MIND, to really get and grasp who I am & what I have as His. He’s just waiting for me, for all of us, to realize who we really are now, for us to recognize that reflection of Sonship and Christ-likeness when we see ourselves. All the earth is groaning, waiting for the Sons of God to manifest (Romans 8:19) because WE hold their freedom in our hands (Matthew 10:7) and we carry the kingdom within us (Luke 17:21).
So get up, rise up, stand up, take your place, know who you are, know WHOSE you are.
Come up higher, come in closer….
What are you waiting for?