Summary: It is ironic that many people in the crowd touched Jesus, but only this one lady receved healing.
HAVE YOU TOUCHED JESUS
24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. 25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 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."
Mark 5:24-34 (NKJV)
There is a commercial on TV that has two children, a brother and sister, sitting of the beach. The boy is pestering the girl by holding his finger about an inch for the girls back and saying, “I’m not touching you” The girl on the other hand calls out to the parents, “He’s touching me”. That brings back some memories of my childhood. We might get a laugh out of that thinking that is the way children are, but we too can be that way as adults.
Some claim they don’t want to be touched. However, I believe that deep down all of us want to be touched. I don’t mean that in a perverted way, but in a healthy wholesome way. We often hear talk about appropriate touch. We know what that means. I learned early on that I cannot do ministry without touching. I have visited people in ICU who had little strength to move, but when I got ready to pray they reached out for me to take their hand. Now I have never seen anyone miraculously healed by holding my hand, but I do believe it made a difference. We know that touch is powerful.
There are different types of touch. Some are very meaningful while others are meaningless. There is the touch of our loved ones and friends that bring warmth and love and there is the touch when we bump into someone or have to stand real close to them in an elevator.
(** Most of the time when I visit Vanderbilt hospital the elevators are full. I have taken the steps, but that takes a lot of energy. I pack in with people I don’t know, and we can’t help but touch. That usually makes people uncomfortable. Most of the time we will all stand and look at the ceiling waiting to get off. )
In this passage we see how touching the Savior change a woman’s life.
Most of us are familiar with this story. That is good, but I believe we can become too familiar. I am not suggesting that we forget it, but that we can miss out on a lot of the meaning and message of the passage when we become so familiar that we take it for granted.