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The good news is the Kingdom of Heaven came down to earth when Jesus walked the earth as a man. His kingdom is an eternal kingdom of equality and respect, truth and justice, peace and harmony, restoration and healing, freedom for the captives, and liberty for the oppressed.
With one touch from Jesus everything changes.
Luke 8:40-44 So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him,
for they were all waiting for Him. And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
one touch from jesus
Picture this. We have a multitude of people, a community and an important man in the eyes of the community. His name is Jairus and his daughter is dying.
The whole community watches as this important man bows down at Jesus’ feet begging Him to come and heal his dying daughter.
There also are the disciples who are journeying with Jesus and an outcaste woman. As an outcaste she has no place and no voice in the community. The community declared her unclean because of her sickness. As a result of the lies said over her she believes she is unworthy of love.
Then with one touch from Jesus, something happened. Immediately her flow of blood stopped. Remember this woman is an outcast, considered unclean. She has no place and no voice within the community. This outcaste woman is the complete opposite to Jairus who was a religious leader, with a place and voice in the community.
With one touch from Jesus, received her physical healing.
I too received one touch from Jesus. Years ago I had a back condition where I could not stand, walk or sit. I could not even support my own body weight. No doctor could heal me. Day after day I lived in the fear of this pain. For 18 months I had this condition.
The religious community said you must believe Jesus can heal you. I knew Jesus could heal me at anytime, so it was not a question of my faith. Yet I was not receiving my healing. I stopped asking God for my healing and decided yet shall I praise Him, for He alone is praise worthy.
One day, I raised my hands and reached up to heaven and praised Him from the depths of my soul. That day I touched heaven. I felt His healing power touch my fingertips; flow down through my arms and through my body. I was set free. Jesus heals.
With one touch from Jesus physical healing.
Let us go back to the woman. With one touch from Jesus the woman is healed of her physical condition, but that is only a small part of the miracle she received that day.
Notice what Jesus says in verse 45. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
Jesus is the Son of God. He knows who touched Him. Yet He asked the question.
who touched me?
Jesus didn’t say, what touched me, He said WHO. By saying who in the presence of the whole community Jesus was identifying the outcaste woman. Remember the community considered her less than human because of her condition. Therefore Jesus declares over her that she is a person. Someone whose life is so valued that Jesus stops, turns and speaks to her.
Jesus is on His way to healing a dying daughter. Jairus’ daughter is dying. Yet to Jesus this woman is just as important as Jairus. Instantly, Jesus with three words has restored the woman’s marred identity by declaring her a person.
Jesus demonstrates not only in words but in action. In giving her His time He gives her respect. With one encounter with Jesus, the entire community, the disciples, Jairus and Jesus Himself are now looking to this woman.
Jesus has given her a place and a voice, showing she is a person of value and significance.
Let us see what happens in verse 47. Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how Jesus heals.
With one touch from Jesus, the eyes and the ears of the whole community including Jesus’ disciples are looking to this woman. She has been restored, given a place and a voice by Jesus.
The way we think can be formed by the way people treat us and by the community that we live in.
My mum was a Christian. My father rejected her. She was rejected for another woman. My mother kept the hurt and rejection in her heart and that gave the evil one access. The evil one said to her, ‘You are not worthy to be loved, there must be something wrong with you.’
These lies started to have a stronghold over my mother and her mind. She became trapped in a mental hell, holding on to emotional hurt and pain. Holding on to rejection and unforgiveness. One day my mother said, ‘I need prayer. Will you pray?’ So we prayed.
She started to believe once again, she was most loved in the beloved and worthy of love because Jesus makes her worthy. The truth of who Jesus is and what He has done tears down the lies of satan. Jesus heals.
With one touch from Jesus mental healing.
Let us go back to the woman. There’s more.
There is always more with Jesus.
So the woman has received her physical healing, which is what she thought she was coming for. She had received her mental healing and now is testifying of who Jesus is and what He has done. Let us see what Jesus called in front of His disciples and all the community.
Verse 48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
With one touch from Jesus she received her physical healing, mental healing and spiritual healing. Jesus declares over her complete wholeness, physically, mentally and spiritually. She is free from the lies of this world and the lies of satan. Jesus heals.
Wherever we are in this life journey Jesus is ready, willing and able to give us one touch. A continuous touch, a daily touch, according to our need.
With one touch from Jesus everything changes.
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