Summary: Jesus asked the question when He was touched by a poor sick woman, but have you touched Jesus?
A Sermon For You
A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
WHO TOUCHED ME
By-Evangelist Gary Huckaby D.D.
"And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?"
The crowds were always following our Lord. From the beginning of His ministry, down to the day He gave himself to die upon the Cross of Calvary. For three and a half years they follower Him. Listening to His teachings, watching the miracles, and His example set forth for all who would follow. Then there came a woman, not just any woman, but a woman who had a need. The need to reach out to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In our message there are two separate incidents that are taking place. The first incident is that of the man named Jairus, he was a ruler of the synagogue, and if you will read along with me you will see his need in meeting with our Lord, and falling at the feet of Jesus. Let’s look at the story in Lukes Gospel.
Luke 8:41,42,-" And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue; and he fell down at Jesus feet, and besought him that he would come into his house. For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay dying. But as he went the people thronged him."
Jairus had a great need, it was a need for one in his family, his only daughter. The length a parent will go through to help his family are incredible to say the lest. How often has a dad, or mother, gone out of their way and reached out to help their own children. Her was such a case. You will note that not only did Jairus seek out the Lord through a great crowd of followers, but he also humbled himself before Jesus in front of this crowd, by falling at Jesus feet. What humbleness he displayed that day. How pleased Christ must have been to know the dedication of this father in seeking help for his daughter’s life.
Then all at once a turn of events takes place, our attention turns from the needs of this man to the needs of another. A woman. And not just any woman, a woman who also had a great need, the need for healing of her body. A woman who had been sick for twelve years. Lets read the account.
Luke 8:43-48,-"And a woman, having an issue of blood twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed by any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment; and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me; for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. Go in peace."
The touch of faith; by this woman, made her well. The issue of blood dried up immediately in her body. But you must notice it was because of her faith. Your faith can make you whole too. If you have your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Please note too that in her instance, she unlike Jairus, approached Jesus secretly. She didn’t boldly come out and fall before His feet, but came behind Him. And touched the border of his garment. When Jesus knew that he had been touched he asked the question, Who touched me? Her testimony of that faith was proved in her healing, and her willingness to face the Lord before the crowd. Then she came trembling, and fell at the Masters feet. Trembling, because of her method of approach to Jesus, or maybe because of the confession before the crowd, or maybe, because of her excitement in the fact of the healing that had taken place.
Next, let us return to our other need shown in these passages, that of Jairus daughter almost at the point of dying. Let’s read the continuing account of his dilemma.
Luke 8:49-56"While he yet spoke, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead: trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not; believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her. But he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway; and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished, but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done."