Mark 5:30 – “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?” NASU
I love the songs, “He Touched Me” and “Touching Jesus.” My title question might cause one to assume that I was talking about the Lord touching us but the person of my question is Jesus. Our Lord and His disciples had crossed over the sea to the country of the Gerasenes and the encounter with the demoniac resulted in those people asking Jesus to leave. He and his disciples crossed back over to their starting point and he found a very large crowd awaiting Him. The crowd and needs were so numerous he stayed by the seashore ministering. One of the synagogue officials Jairus came requesting healing for his daughter and many others were trying to get to Jesus to receive their healing, their miracle. The throng of people was so overpowering that he could hardly move without being bumped, touched, or grabbed.
In that situation, the woman who had had a hemorrhage for 12 years and endured terrible treatment by physicians. She was broke and still afflicted with her malady. She heard about Jesus and decided in her heart, “If I can just touch His garment I will get well.” That was her faith and focal point. TOUCHING JESUS! She believed that if she could simply, “Touch His Garment” the healing virtue of God would flow out from him to her and she would be cured. She pressed through the crowd and achieved her goal, touching his garment. IMMEDIATELY, the Bible tells us, the flow of her blood ceased and she was fully cured. IMMEDIATELY, Jesus stopped and stunned His disciples asking, “WHO TOUCHED ME?” Remember the condition and situation. The throng of people was overpowering and Jesus was being touched repeatedly as he moved through the crowd and yet He asked, “WHO TOUCHED ME?”
The response of the disciples was one of incredulousness and they said, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched My garments?” In East Texas, it would have been, “Are you kidding me? Look at this mob, EVERYBODY IS TOUCHING YOU!” But, Jesus KNEW that something had happened and this was different from all the other touches uncoupled from faith. This was a FAITH TOUCH that resulted in virtue or power leaving His body, power that He could feel. He looked at the woman and she confessed what and why she had done what she did. Jesus’ response was, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” WHO TOUCHED ME was the question of Jesus but it was not a question of simply being physically bumped or touched. This was a question of WHO exercised faith and drew out from Him the Divine Power to heal. This is the TOUCHING JESUS that we need to do for ourselves and others.
I remember years ago, as I served as lead pastor in a church in East Texas, I was called to the home of a retired minister and his wife. She had been ill and wanted me to come, anoint her with oil, and pray the prayer of faith as directed by James. When I began to pray, I said, “Lord, touch my sister.” She immediately interrupted me and said, “Preacher, don’t pray for a little touch, I want Healing!” She wanted me to do more than offer words, she wanted me to do what the woman with the hemorrhage did, TOUCH JESUS in a way that was coupled with faith and would result in total healing. She wanted results, not just prayer.
I have said before, “Too often we expect to be prayed for but we do not expect to be healed.” We expect to go through the motions and do the prescribed religious things in prayer for healing but we do not expect the TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND effecting a full recovery. That is not universally true for all believers or even all believers all the time, but it more prevalent than we acknowledge. Jesus said we are to “Ask, Seek, and Knock.” We are instructed to be determined and to become as the ‘hart panting for the water brooks’ in our pursuit of God. NOTHING LESS THAN HIS TOUCH should be satisfactory. When we TOUCH, HIM He will TOUCH US.
God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Jesus!