On one busy day Peter and some faithful followers thought that Jesus was either being unreasonable or maybe looking for an opportunity to teach from the library of His divine parables. In the midst of crowds Jesus asked who touched My clothes? (Mk. 5:30).
They were on a mission to raise a dead girl. And as Jesus, the Healer was in town everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of Him or to salute Him. The crowds were many and the pressure was intense. Yet Jesus asked who deliberately touched Him. The people in that jurisdiction were so much so that if someone deliberately touches you it’ll be just a waste of time trying to fine who did what. But Jesus knowing what had happen in Him cared to ask.
Peter and those who heard Jesus’ question responded to Jesus, You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched me?” This sounds like “Hey, come on, that’s ridiculous. Look at the number of people here. I can’t even feel my legs and the right side of my body yet you want to know who touched you?” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I PERCEIVED POWER GOING OUT FROM ME.” (Lk. 8:46) Jesus was telling the people that I know that many people are thronging upon me but a touch from someone has drawn quantum power from me.
This was the time when a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years…came from behind and touched the border of His garment.(Lk. 8:43, 44) The condition of the woman is that which caused power to leave Jesus. She was unclean and all the multitudes had been made unclean by her.
How do I mean? “‘If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her customary impurity, or if it runs beyond her usual time of impurity, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her customary impurity. She shall be unclean. Every bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her as the bed of her impurity; and whatever she sits on shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her impurity. Whoever touches those things shall be unclean; he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.” (Lev. 15:25-27)
This woman by her actions made all the people she made contact with unclean. Not only that, but all who were made unclean by her also made others they touched unclean. It’s like a chain reaction. The power that moved out of Jesus did not only heal the woman; it also made all the unclean multitudes clean. Great power is that which required for sanctifying crowds at once. According to the law after the priest has performed the cleansing he too was supposed to cleanse himself. So the power that surged out of Jesus did marvelous things.
Just a touch from one suffering women released great power without any laying on of hands. What happened? The woman touched the border of Jesus’ garment with faith in that Jesus said to her, “Daughter YOUR FAITH has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction” (Mk. 5:34)
Power responds to faith not to reasoning or intellectualism. Without permission from Jesus the woman’s faith drew great power from the Lord. I would that all believers cease to throng and press on Jesus and rather touch Him with faith, for its only through that that power can be released to accomplish the things too magnificent even for our imagination.
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