Saturday, June 17, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Who Touched My Clothes?


Alex Thomas
Jackson, TN.

34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”


The 5th chapter of Mark is said to be the “Bible home for incurables”, as we see a man with evil spirit, a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years and Jairus’ daughter, who was very sick and died.

As Jesus already performed several miracles by then, a large crowd followed Jesus wherever He went. Jairus, one of the synagogue rulers, fell down at Jesus’ feet and requested Jesus to heal his daughter, who was on her deathbed. So Jesus went with him and the crowd followed Jesus. In the crowd, there was a woman, who was very sick as she has been bleeding for 12 years, who received treatment from several doctors, spent all her money for finding cure, yet instead of getting better, her condition grew worse day by day.  She believed in her heart that, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed” Vs.28. With that determination, she courageously came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. Her bleeding stopped immediately and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.  Many in the crowd touched Him, but she touched Him in faith, believing that she would be healed. Having known that power had gone out of Him, Jesus turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes”? As Jesus kept looking around to see who did it, the woman who got healed, fell down at His feet and confessed everything. He told her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”.

In Mark 3: 35 Jesus said, “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother”. By stepping out in faith, she was doing the will of God. When she touched the right person, the woman who was known by her issue, got a new title, “Daughter”. When Jesus heals someone, He heals completely- a holistic healing  as He transformed her mind, body and soul.

For Jairus, who was a local ruler, the crowd was an unwanted interruption, as Jesus was on the way to his house as his daughter was at the point of death. Yet, the urgency of that situation did not preclude Jesus from taking time to stop for this lady in need. Jesus definitely touched many others in that crowd and some of them might have been sick too, but the faith of this lady made the difference for making her whole. Her faith made her a “new creation”, 2 Cor. 5.17. By then, Jairus’ daughter died. So this miracle led to a greater miracle, as Jesus raised his daughter from the dead.

Let us reach out and touch Jesus in faith as this lady did. Nothing is impossible for God. He knows our needs. Let us all pray to have an encounter with Jesus. A person who has faith can expect great things from Jesus.

PRAYER

Lord, help us to be humble witnesses of the blessings we have received from You and to be ever thankful for those manifold blessings. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
When “her faith touched his faithfulness”, it not only healed her, but changed her identity too.