Power of Touch (by David Peterson)
After leaving the Gerasenes area of the northeast side of the Sea of Galilee by boat, Jesus has landed on the northwest shore and is promptly engaged by Jairus. The daughter of Jairus is near death and he pleads with Jesus for her cure so off they went to see her. In that short trip Jesus feels that someone among the crowd has touched his cloak.
In Mark 5:30 it says “And immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that power from Him had gone out, turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched My garments?’”
In Luke 8:40-48, we read of this same miracle whereby a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years was immediately cured simply by touching Him. Jesus singles her out and cites her faith as making her well.
Dr. John Blanchard, a popular English Christian apologist, once wrote, “How often do we need to see God’s face, hear His voice, feel His touch, know His power? The answer to all these questions is the same: every day!”
Blanchard appeals to all believers that we need to embrace our relationship with our Lord and Savior incessantly and at all levels. Frequent prayer is in order for every true follower of Jesus.
Lucie Eddie Campbell wrote the hymn “Touch Me, Lord Jesus” and in Verse 1 we sing, “Touch, touch me, Lord Jesus, With Thy hand of mercy, Make each throbbing heartbeat, Feel Thy pow'r divine.”
Campbell captures that the power of Jesus’ touch is formidable and capable of a grand grace and healing.
Let us pray: Precious Jesus, we come to you daily to know you better, to relate to you on all levels, and to worship you wholeheartedly. Continue to touch us with your love, wisdom, and inspiration.