Friday, August 14, 2009

The Touch that Heals

"And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean." Mark 1:40-41
This morning as I was reading my Bible, I was pondering the “touch” of Jesus, and really all that it means and affords. I thought of the song “He Touched Me.” I noticed that it is not only when He touches us, but also when we touch Him that the healing comes. Mark 5:27 says, "When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment." Their exchange ends in Mark 5:34 which says, "And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
In my ponderings I have come to realize that when He touches us it shows His compassion; when we touch Jesus, it shows our faith. The best results come when we have both. Jesus has reached out to touch us all when He died on the cross to pay our sin debt, but without faith those He died for are still lost in their sin. Those that have faith in a religion, believing that their religion will take them to Heaven are not receiving His mercy or grace because they have chosen to have faith in something or someone other than our Savior; they too are still lost. But for those of us that have received Christ as our Savior, we have it all!

In both scenarios, the leper and the woman with the issue of blood, compassion and faith were present - He showed compassion (touching us), they had faith (touching Him)

The Touch that Heals is extened to all those that follow their example:

Believe (have faith) that He can heal
Seek for Jesus
Follow Jesus
Pray (he beseeched, she touched Jesus) (I would liken this to praying)
Confess to Jesus
Allow Jesus to touch you (respond to His teaching)
Receive His Peace

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