Feb. 21 One Touch

Leviticus 11:1-12:8;  Mark 5:21-43;  Psalm 38;1-22;  Proverbs 10:8-9

 Twelve years of “uncleanness”, of inconvenience, of failed cures.  Twelve years of suffering.  Her savings drained and left without resources and getting worse.  A woman in need among so many pressed closer to Jesus.

 She’d heard reports–sick made well, demoniacs freed, blind receiving sight.  She pressed closer to Him–did she dare reach out to Him–risk defiling Him with her impurity, her hopeless case?

 Just one touch–from behind–no one will know–I’ve got to try…

 “For she said, ‘If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.’ ”  Mk. 5:28

 She reached for Jesus.  “And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.” Mk. 5:29

 Jesus felt it too.  “And Jesus perceiving that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my garments?'”  Mk. 5:30

 The woman came forward and fell at Jesus feet–the truth came out.

 One touch–one Savior–one faith.

 “‘Daughter your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.'”Mk. 5:34

Never give up!  One touch.  One Faith.  One Savior.  Peace.

 Lord God, you desire that we be whole in mind, body, and spirit.  But “life” happens–we get bloodied up from our poor choices.  We get bruised from doing things our own way.  We stumble and fall taking the wrong paths.  We look for “cures” in the wrong places.

 Lord, may we reach out to you in faith–to touch you–to receive your healing power and your forgiveness–to be made whole.  We remember that “by his stripes you are healed”–by your Son’s death and resurrection power our uncleanness is removed.  We fall at your feet to worship you and to give you thanks!  Praise you Lord Jesus! Amen

Grant, Lord Jesus, that my healing in your wounds I find.

Cleanse my spirit, will, and feeling;  heal my body, soul and mind.

When some evil thought within tempts my wayward heart to sin,

Work in me for its eviction, weighted by your crucifixion.

                                                          —Johann Heermann, 1585-1647




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