As Jesus made His way through the throngs of people surrounding Him, He suddenly stopped and asked, “Who is the one who touched Me?”
Although it seemed obvious, His disciples answered that the crowds were pressing upon Him. But Jesus insisted, “Someone touched Me.” He knew a particular someone had touched Him, because at that moment, divine power had gone out of Him.
A woman stepped out of the crowd and confessed to Jesus that she had deliberately touched Him, and something wonderful had happened to her.
For twelve long years she had been suffering from an uncontrollable hemorrhage, year after year losing more blood. She had seen many physicians and spent all she had, but nothing helped. She knew she was dying. Then she heard about Jesus. Desperately making her way through the crowd, she came close to Him, believing that if she touched even the fringe of His garment, she would be healed. And when she touched Him, her flow of blood stopped. His divine power had been transfused into her. With tender lovingkindness, Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be well from your affliction.”
This woman is a picture of all of us. We’re afflicted with a disease that inevitably issues in eternal death—the inward disease of sin. How much suffering and damage the sickness of sin has caused us! Try as we might, we can’t get rid of it. The “physicians” of philosophy, self-help programs, or any method we resort to are ineffectual. Nothing can cure us. Instead, our frail and limited life is draining away. One day it will run out completely. We need the healing of Jesus and His life to save us.
In order to save us, God Himself became an approachable, even touchable man, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to be among us who are sick with sin. As a sinless man, He died on the cross for our sins. The Bible tells us that He “Himself bore up our sins in His body on the tree, in order that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose bruise you were healed.” Only Jesus’ redeeming death can heal us of our affliction of sin.
Jesus also resurrected from the dead and became the life-giving Spirit to give us eternal life. The Lord Jesus is available here and now. We can touch Him to receive His redemption and His unlimited, death-conquering life. Merely hearing about Jesus or being in the crowd milling around Him won’t save us. Like the woman, we must come to Him in faith and touch Him, believing in all He did for us. He will heal us and impart His eternal life into us. We will then have peace.
You can touch Him in faith right now. Just pray this simple prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I need You. I am a sinner. I believe in all You did for me on the cross. Thank You for dying for me to heal me. Save me now. I receive You as my Savior and my life. Come into me and heal me, and give me Your eternal life. Amen. ”
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