Unlimited: Reach Out to Jesus With the Touch of Faith
Jan 9, 2020 975
Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed (Mark 5:34, NKJV).
Mark tells the story of the woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years. “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed,” she thought (Mark 5:28). She touched Jesus and was healed. Jesus turned and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” (v. 30). The disciples answered, “Look at all these people crowding around you! How can you ask who touched you?” (v. 31, CEV).
But this touch was different. The woman’s touch was the touch of faith. Mark is telling us that it’s not enough to know that Jesus is the Sacrifice who has delivered us, or the Saviour of the world, or the Mighty Worker on our behalf. It’s only enough if we put out our hand and touch him.
This touch of faith isn’t the casual touch of the careless throng that goes to church, sings the hymns, puts money in the offering plate – and then forgets all about it as soon as the last song is sung. They don’t know the touch of faith.
It’s not enough to be surrounded by religion. It’s only enough to touch Jesus and have a personal relationship with him. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life” (John 6:54 NIV).
No one can eat and drink for you. You must eat and drink for yourself. It must be personal.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: On whom do you rely for your faith? Your pastor? Your friends? Your church? If you need to deepen your personal relationship with Jesus, find a place to pray and reach out to touch Jesus with the hand of faith. Ask Jesus to allow you to have a deep and powerful relationship with him, through knowing him personally.