Andy Hollifield 7-14-18
Mark 6:56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.
Matthews account of this verse says “as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” That’s how God does everything isn’t it; perfectly? In thinking about this I got curious about all the scriptures that pertain to touch (48), touched (touched (49), and touching (30), Jesus. I actually started out to write about the ones that Jesus touched. Mark 10:13 says that they brought young children to him that he might touch them. Luke used the word “infants” and both writers mentioned the fact that the disciples rebuked them.
Isn’t it something that healing those that were sick was such a large part of Jesus’ ministry. The reason the multitudes followed him. John 6:2 says, “And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.” If you look at the events of Jesus’ life, a huge portion of them revolved around him healing the sick, many with a touch from him and many more that were healed when they touched him. Put yourself in the mindset of people back then. Picture, if you will, the woman with the issue of blood for twelve years in Mark 5. Verse 26 tells us three things about her condition. She had suffered many things of many doctors. Not only had she suffered but doctors cost a lot of money and she was now bankrupt having spent all she had going to them. She was in pain and broke financially and she had not improved at all but had gotten worse. By this point she was so desperate that she was willing to try anything she heard that anyone said would help. She was grasping at straws the day she came to Jesus. She didn’t even come demanding attention but just came behind and touched the hem of his garment. In my mind I can see her weak and frail from the loss of blood and almost past going. I can see her as she tries to push through the crowd to get to him before he passes by. This account I’m giving you is complete Andyology. I can imagine that she gets to the front of the crowd just as he is passing and lunges with her arm outstretched and barely touches the bottom of his sleeve or maybe the very bottom hem of his robe. She had come that day believing if she could just get close enough to touch his clothes she would be healed. She did not leave disappointed. Verse 29 says that immediately the fountain of her blood dried up and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. All of that with only one touch and the rest of her life changed forever.Jesus’ response was to stop the crowd to find out who touched him. Of course he is God so he already knew. He just wanted her to give public testimony as to what God had done for her. Virtue had gone out of him because someone touched him by faith.
There were many other instances where he touched eyes, ears, tongues, and skin. There were also several cases where he just spoke a word and someone was healed. A lot of his work didn’t even involve sickness such as the wedding in Cana where he turned water into wine. But there is something intimate and personal about a touch. There have been many times in my life that I have reached out to touch him. There have also been a lot of times when I was too weak or backslid to touch him and he had compassion and touched me. I am thankful for his touch. It is a touch like no other. When he touches you, not only does it make a difference then, but also you remember it for the rest of your life. The psalmist talked a lot about the touch of God being his comfort when he was on the run from Saul.
I am glad that he cares for us and is moved with compassion toward us. Hebrews 4:15 says “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” He is touched with the feeling, not the knowledge, but the feeling of our infirmities. He feels our pain. He knows the nights you may have laid awake all night when sleep couldn’t be found because of pain or even mental anguish or as the bible says about Hannah in 1 Samuel 1, “bitterness of soul.” Philippians 4:7 is one of my favorite scriptures. It says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” God’s peace is beyond understanding. In those times when you shouldn’t have any peace, in him you do. Not only does he give his peace but he keeps our hearts and our minds. When I have felt like I was at my wit’s end, he keeps my mind. Romans 10:12 says that God is “…rich unto all that call upon him.” The bible says 43 times that “his mercy endureth forever.” Every one of those 43 times, the words “mercy endureth” is always followed by the words “for ever.” No limit on his mercy, peace that keeps your heart and mind, and like Psalms 23 says “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalms 84:11 says, “For the Lord God is a sun and a shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” He has grace and mercy and any good thing you may need. Just touch him and walk uprightly. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!