Christ makes for a challenging pattern for the believer in Christ Jesus.
I have often looked at the fact that she had suffered 12 years
That she had spent all that she had to find a remedy
She abandoned all customs and rules to get to Jesus
But this time as I read the text, it was verses 45 & 46 that jumped from
45 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?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is
gone out of me.
In our focus upon the women with the issue of blood, who had suffered with
this affliction for 12 long years.
In our focus upon the miraculous faith that it took to get her to seek out
Christ for her healing.
In our focus upon the divine healing that took place long that road.
We have lost focus upon the most glaring fact of this whole matter:
It wasn't that Jesus healed- He had done so many times.
It wasn't even that He had healed someone who had been afflicted for a
long period of time:
No- he had healed another woman who had been sick for 18 years
And another who had been blind since birth!
It wasn't even the fact that she should not have been there
It wasn't even that she had to persevere to even get through to Him
THE TRUE FOCUS OUGHT TO REALLY BE UPON THE QUESTION ASKED BY JESUS-
"Who touched Me?"
AND THE RESPONSE OF THE CROWD-
"They all denied it."
We probably all would have responded much like Peter did by saying,
"What do you mean who touched you, everyone here is touching you?'
Yet the word translated "touched" doesn't mean what we commonly would
define it to mean- we think it means to "feel".
Yet, many in the crowded multitude "felt Him." Many of you come to church
and you "feel" something.
You may sense the presence of the Lord
You are aware of what He is doing
You are excited about what you see
You may even have a desire to partake of that "feeling"
Yet, you walk away from the experience- just as lonely, just as broken,
just as jealous, just as wicked, just as miserable and just as sick as you
Because you never TOUCHED Him!
The word "touched" can actually be translated "to fasten oneself to"
It connotes getting a "death grip" on something. Like a pitbull locking
onto something, it implies grabbing hold without the intention of ever
It says that "They all denied it."
sure they could all say "we were there"
we were a part of the crowd
we were all witnesses as to what took place
we can testify as to what transpired
yeah, we felt something
it was a really good service
it really got me thinking
But the question of Jesus remains the same "Who touched me!"
I have shared previously about a vision that I had a year or so ago
relating to hell-
In it I saw a multitude who appeared like rats on a ledge. They were
huddled together in a desperate attempt at preservation. They were so
closely grouped that they swayed together like wheat standing in a field.
The whole scene was engulfed in darkness and the atmosphere was that of