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Reach Out and Touch Him

Mark 5.24b-34
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Lots of life’s battles nick us at the edges. Not strong enough to kill us, they pester and provoke us, wear us down, use our money, sap our vigor, cloud our joy. This woman had known many such demoralizing days. Yet she came. What a move! Despite years of weakness she had not given up hope. Believing Jesus could help she left her sickbed, joined the crowd, and found her answer. She reached out in faith and was healed. We must never cave in to pestering problems. No problem need keep us from God. He is always ready to help. Personally coming to Jesus is the real secret of peace and healing. We must connect with Him.

For this woman it was virtually impossible to get close to Jesus, but she fought her way desperately through the crowd in order to touch Him. As soon as she did, she was healed. What a difference there is between the crowds that are curious about Jesus and the few who reach out and touch Him! Today many people are vaguely familiar with Jesus, but nothing in their lives is changed or bettered by this passing acquaintance. It is only faith that releases God’s healing power. Move beyond curiosity. Reach out to Christ in faith knowing that His mercy will bring healing to your body, soul, and spirit.

Pastor Jeff
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