Who Touched Me? (Part One)
There is a story in Mark chapter 5 that tells us a lady had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent all the money she had searcing for a cure, but found none. She was like the sinner who spends all their money on things that can’t help them find the relief they so desparately need. Her issue of blood and the sinners pain is more than they can cope with on their own. After a time, her wealth was gone because she had spent all of her money on doctors who could not help her. The sinner likewise will spend all they have on alcohol, drugs, doctors, mental health professionals, counselors and the like; not understanding that none of these things can cure their sin problem. The best these things can do is provide temporary relief, but with the rising of the sun, the pain returns. However this lady was not like most people, when her money was gone, she did not lose hope. When she heard of a person in Israel who was performing miracles, she went in search of Him. And when she found Him, she told herself, “If I only may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
Are you listening sinner, cold hearted one, luke warm one? Your help is as near as the words in your mouth. (Romans 10:8-10) But you have to start the ball rolling. Who knows how far this lady had to travel to get to Jesus? Distance was not going to stop her from receiving her need met. And you will have to initiate the action just like she did if you want to get the attention of the only ONE who can help you. She went to Him, reached out and touched His garments, and her hearts desire was granted. Now listen to this; When she touched the clothes of the Lord, she did so secretly, but He knew someone with a great need had touched Him despite being jostled around by the large crowd rubbing shoulders with Him, and He turned to the people asking, “Who touched me?” The story tells us after the lady touched the Lord, “Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.” Isn’t that amazing? She reached out and touched the Lord and received immediate relief. Despite her secret touch, the Lord knew someone with a need only He could meet had made contact with Him. Jesus wanted to know who this person was whose hand of faith had touched Him, but no one spoke up. No one had seen her touch Him, no one had heard her say, “If I only may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” So, “He looked around and saw her who had done this thing.” But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him the whole truth. Can you imagine; the Lord wasn’t angry because someone had tapped into His power without first asking Him. Instead of being upset at her, the Lord replied, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Sinner, cold hearted one, luke warm one, are you listening? Her desire was to be healed because she had been dealing with this issue of blood problem for twelve long miserable years, and even though she tried to keep what she intended to do a secret, the Lord still knew when faith touched Him. She received her healing and you will receive the help you need if you will reach out and touch Him just like this lady did. You can do this in secret when no one is around, but the Lord will know you touched Him, and He is the one that counts. Reach out and touch Him now. Stop giving your money to the bar owner, the drug dealer, and the people who can’t give you the life you desire. Go to the one who can, and touch Him; and He will say to you as He did to this lady, “Son, daughter, your faith has made you a whole person. Go in peace, and be free of your affliction, your addiction, your problem.” DThrash.