2014-09-04 - Who Touched Me?
Originally Published 2003-06-12
Mark 5:30-31 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself
that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd
and said, "Who touched My garments?" 31 And His disciples
said to Him, "You see the multitude pressing in on You, and You say, 'Who
Both Mark and Luke record this event. I imagine that it would stand out in
my memory too. Imagine that you are surrounded by hundreds or thousands of
people. All they want is to see, hear or touch you. They want to say, "I
was there when
On the surface the question seems completely absurd. I can also easily imagine
being the disciple who forgets Who he is talking to when this incredulous
response was uttered. "How in the world can you ask such a question with
all these people smashed up against You?"
The more subtle point here is that a dozen people at a time were touching
Jesus and He only made a point of the one woman who needed Him so urgently.
She was at the end of her money and her own resources. She was dying and
could not stop it. If her encounter with Jesus did not heal her, there was
literally nothing left for her to do but get her remaining affairs in order,
say goodbye to her friends and wait.
Her faith was driven by her need. She had no where else to turn. This is
true of most of us. When people can manage what life is sending them they
feel they are in control. This is a sad illusion, and can be eternally critical.
There are so many things that are beyond our control even with our current
state of technology and medicine. SARS and AIDS come to mind. We dare to
attempt projects like the International Space Station. Please don't
misunderstand. I think these endeavours are not without benefit. But we are
so fragile and we think ourselves so strong. Then we are brought down to
reality by something so small we can not see it, or some situation we can
not control - an serious illness or injury, the death of a close friend or
family member, a fight that leaves two friends alienated. It is in these
types of situations where people reach for the hem of Jesus' cloak. The
hope that He provides helps people finally get a sense of who they
are and who God really is.
There is a love that knows no limits or boundaries, that we can scarcely
begin to comprehend. But even the fragment that we can grasp is beyond our
ability to contain and overwhelms us with sure peace. It is in a crisis when
we find out who our friends really are - who will stick with us through every
painful step. There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. I recommend
Him to you.
Prov 17:17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother
is born for adversity.
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.
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