As Many As Touched Him Were Made Whole

“And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.”
(Mark 6:56, AV)

Jesus healed with a touch — but not always with his hands. Sometimes, he was the touchee, not the toucher because some of the sick reached out to touch his garments… and they were healed! Our key verse tells us that Jesus healed all who touched him and that he refused none. So let me ask you, since he showed such love and compassion by performing these healings, why did the Jews plot to kill him? Why kill a man that was doing nothing but good among a people who needed his touch so desperately?

Jesus claimed that God had sent him, and some believed him to be the Anointed One! So I see where the religious establishment might have been threatened by him. But at the end of the day, he had the goods. First, he turned the water into wine. Later, he fed thousands with scraps of food and walked on the water. But primarily, he healed — he cast out demons… and he even raised Lazarus from the dead!

But, another thing that set him apart — and I think this to be the particular rub — was that, although he had no formal training, he taught as one who had authority. Why? Because he did have authority. He was sent by God! But that never stopped the Jews. They killed God’s messengers before Christ came, and in spite of his wonderful works, they killed this healer too (1 Thessalonians 2:15).

The Gospels contain many instances where Jesus did the reaching-out, sometimes physically, and sometimes with his holy will, to heal the sick. These cases had a natural by-product. They taught, by way of demonstration, that God sent Jesus (John 3:2). Who could deny the effectiveness of his ministry? He sometimes healed people who were well-known for their infirmities… but who now entered the temple healed!

But these were no mere shows. The infirmed did not fake illness for decades, waiting for a charlatan. Besides, a person can’t fake a withered limb, and a person who was blind from birth could not fake that malady as a child. So, when Jesus healed these people — the ones with “documented” maladies — the results were widely known, and the empirical data stood as testimony to the power of God. So, there is no way the religious establishment missed these signs… yet they dismissed these signs and promoted their own program.

Now, let’s contrast those healings where Jesus did the reaching out with the ones where the sick reached out to him. The latter were end runs, of sorts… around the crowd, around the religious establishment… and even around Jesus! (Who touched me?) Nevertheless, these were acts of faith… and every one of them was an analog to saving faith.

You see, God had done his part back then. He made Jesus accessible to the sick. But the individuals still had to reach out in faith. He does the same for us today. God sent his Son (John 3:16) — and we have universal access — yet, we too have to reach out in faith (John 1:12).  So, salvation laid in a touch — then and now… and it’s so accessible. It’s as near as the hem of his garment.

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