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If Only We Could Touch Jesus

Matthew 9:21

She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

I imagine many have heard this story – but since we all may not know – let me share it with us.  Jesus was teaching and someone came to him with a need.  Matthew 9:18-22 – 18 While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. 20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”  22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.

What faith – if I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.  In my thought process I imagine she had gone to several doctors.  I imagine she had tried a number of home remedies.  I imagine she was at her wits end – she had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.  She finally humbled herself and – in faith – declared – if I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.  Jesus didn’t need to give her any individual attention.  He didn’t need to come to her home.  He didn’t need to do anything.  If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.

Too many times we fail to simply turn to Jesus.  And what if we turned to Jesus first rather than as a last resort?  We’re often like Peter – we put our eyes on the wind – on the storm – rather than on Jesus.  We’re often like the ruler in this story – we somehow think Jesus must come with us – come to our place – do things our way.  We rarely express the woman‘s faith – if she could simply touch Jesus’ garment she would be healed.  We’re rarely like the Centurion – saying if Jesus would simply say the word – our servant would be healed.

The answer to all of our concerns – sisters and brothers – is to set our eyes on Jesus.  Jesus is enough for what ails us.  Identifying the troubles in our life is not very hard – finding the things that are not working well.  The answer is a transformed heart that sets its gaze on Jesus – individually and collectively.  The answer is to humble ourselves and seek His face while we desire His grace.  The answer is to spend time before God – in His presence – allowing Him to work in us – through us – and in spite of us.

So where are we hurting today?  What trouble is hammering at our daily lives?  What hinders our worship?  Where do we need an act of God?  Reach out to Jesus and He will not fail us!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 16, 2012 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | ,

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