Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Who has touched Jesus?

Mark 5:25-34 NLT 
  25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. 
  30  Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
  31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 
  32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

Multi-tasking is something most of us are called upon to implement because of all the things we are asked to do. While Jesus was on his mission (that we discussed in the last edition) a new call for miraculous intervention takes place, at first without his planning to do so. The dear suffering lady, having tried all the the leaders of her society had to offer had given up on human promises and turned her life totally to God. She was not even going to ask the Lord to do something, fearing his denial because she saw herself as insignificant and unworthy. Her plan was a good one-- to touch the edge of the robe of the Son of God as he passed by. She didn't even know Jesus, but, like you and me, had only 'heard about' him. Yet she believed. Her countrymen and women, by and enlarge, were not believing but she believed. She believed so strongly that she did not even have to request it directly from the Lord, but merely had to get low to the ground and touch the edge of his robe as he walked by. She must have figured that he wouldn't notice, others wouldn't notice because they didn't notice her anyway. But she trusted that God would heal her, because this was God passing by. God with us, had been sent to do this very thing so she put her entire faith into Him and set her plan in motion.

What she hadn't counted upon was that Jesus' sensitivity to others and himself was so finely tuned that he would perceive when power was drawn from him to do good to others. Sure enough, he stopped in his mission, his busy walk in the midst of possibly thousands of people crowding around him to see what he was going to do in the other mission.  The crowds didn't see her, but Jesus sensed her and that his power was healing her. "Who touched me" was his response. Even his disciples and the people around him thought it a silly question because he was being jostled by the mass of human bodies.  But he persisted and then He spotted her. When their eyes met, she was humbled, and a bit afraid so she confessed her plan. I am certain, as he listened to her explanation that he smiled broadly, his eyes twinkled at seeing her unusually great faith, and his heart gladdened that at least one of those whom he had come to save had gotten it.  "IT" is all about unconditional trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus affirmed her for her faith and that her suffering had ended. How did he know about her suffering. Their brief conversation did not cover all those details? He knew because the Spirit of God in him knew about the faith this suffering servant held.

How about your faith? Have you touched Jesus in complete faith for whatever it is that God wants to do?
Your servant in Christ's Love

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