We have recently watched the music videos that comprised the production called, The Story. One of them shows Jesus in His earthly ministry walking among the common people, teaching, eating, and healing. I love the part where He comes upon a blind man and reaches out with both his hands to touch the man’s sun beaten, haggard face. With powerful gentleness He rubs both thumbs over the man’s impotent eyes. I was drawn in by this powerful visual of Jesus entering into our infirmities. He touched the man with such purpose, intent, and  compassion.

It is so easy for us to go about our daily lives without touching anyone. This is partially because of the very sanitized culture in which we live. Truly we can communicate via so many different media venues that actual face time is all but archaic. We don’t need to be in the same room with someone to have interaction.

But Jesus thought differently. He lived differently.  The occasions where Jesus’s healing took place at a distance are rare. Jesus interacted with those whom he healed. He often touched them not just emotionally or spiritually, but physically as well.

I love the  story of the women who had a flow of blood and crept up to Jesus in the crowd only to touch His robe. Just as she had believed would happen, upon touching His robe she was healed. What she didn’t expect was that Jesus would stop and single her out:

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” 

She came before Him in fear and trembling. But Jesus didn’t intend to  rescind the gift she had received through one touch of his robe. Rather He wished to expand that gift by touching her soul. He added spiritual rest to the gift of physical wholeness.

Jesus touches us at the heart of our need. Right down into the dirty, messy, scum of life…His healing touch reaches into the recesses of human depravity with personal intent and gentle compassion.

One Response to "Touch"

  • Oh, what a glorious tribute to our Healing LORD!
    As our experience of human touch diminishes because of germs and skin irritations, our need for GOD’s Touch multiplies! How blessed we are that HE longs to touch us with healing.

    1 Jessica said this (April 17, 2012 at 9:56 am) Reply

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