Summary: We must do as the woman with the issue of blood and press in if we are to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment and recieve what we need from Him!
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Pastor James May
Mark 5:22-34, "And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
Years ago, when I served as Worship Leader in a small independent church, one of the favorite choruses we sang went like this:
Touching Jesus is all that really matters
Then your life will never be the same
There’s only one way to touch Him
Just believe when you call on His name
Quite often we hear people crying out to God for various needs in life, asking God to touch them by His power. There is something wonderful about touching God. Touching God requires that we draw close to Him and strive to enter into the realm of the Spirit. Just one touch of the Master’s Hand will make all the difference in any situation.
Just one touch, that’s all it takes for healing, for deliverance, for victory and for everything in life to change. Thank God for the touch of the Lord in my life.
On that day, so many years ago, there was a sickly, frail, little woman who decided to believe in Jesus’ power to heal and she did what she had to do to get to Him and touch God for her need. Her story is one that is inspiring and has encouraged people throughout the Church Age to keep pressing on until they feel the touch of God. Her example is so profound for those who would desire to feel the touch of Christ to have their needs met. There are lessons to learn for each of us that were taught so greatly in the story of this woman’s faith and determination.
At the outset of this message let’s consider the fact that there was something different about this little woman. She was desperate for help. She was determined to reach out to Jesus. She would not stop until she touched God.
She was purpose driven. She recognized that she had a great need and that no one else could meet that need but God. She also had faith to believe that all she had to do was just get to Jesus, so she would not stop until she reached Him, no matter how long or what it took.
Jesus had been summoned to go to the home of Jarius to heal his daughter. Jarius, too, had come to a point of desperation because his daughter was dying and his only hope was in the Lord.