Just one touch

“Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen – the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life and the Good News is being preached to the poor.”

Matthew 11:4-5

Jesus was and still is the greatest physician of all times. Nothing mystifies Him. Nothing baffles Him. Nothing overwhelms Him. Nothing throws Him off course. Nothing is beyond His power.

Every disease, every disability, every hurt, every disappointment bowed the knee to His power to heal. This was enough to reveal that the Messiah had come.

He had come to reveal His Father’s heart of healing to a broken, hurting, and fallen world. 

His Father was known as Jehova Rophe, the Lord who heals.

I am the Lord who heals you.

Exodus 15:26

Jesus came to introduce the world to a new Kingdom. A kingdom which works. A kingdom which brings life and hope. A Kingdom releasing healing. A kingdom which exalts God. A Kingdom representing Heaven on earth.

Every healing that took place paved the way for God’s Kingdom to break into this world revealing more of the Father’s heart and His desire for wholeness, beauty, and restoration.

Jesus was often moved with compassion when He saw the sick, the broken, the hurting, and those wandering aimlessly in darkness. He is still moved with compassion.

His compassion for the individual led to healing.

It was foretold that “the Sun of Righteousness would rise with healing in his wings.” (Malachi 4:2)

In Luke 4, Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come.

Luke 4:18-19

Then He rolled up the scroll and declared the fulfilling of those words that very day.

In the Gospels, we meet a woman who is desperate to experience healing. She had been suffering for twelve years and the doctors couldn’t help her.

Pushing through a crowd of people, she longs to just touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak, knowing that would seal her healing. Desperation triumphed over jibes, humiliation, and shame.

This woman who by law was considered unclean and who could cause everything she touched to become unclean, reaches out and touches Jesus. Desperation turned to hope. The moment she had been longing for had come.

Then she hears the words, “Who touched me?” Fear fills her heart. She falls at Jesus’ feet. Twelve years of loneliness, shame, and ridicule create the desire to be well again. Jesus looks at her with compassion and says,

Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well (whole, complete).

Matthew 9:22

Compassion led Jesus to stop for the one. With one touch a life was changed forever.

One touch from the Physician of all physicians changes everything.

How desperate are we for that one touch? That one touch that changes everything?

If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

O Lord, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health.

Psalm 30:2

Desperation clothed in humility will reach out for that one touch. It will bow the knee in adoration and opens our eyes to our need of a healer. It recognises our need for restoration. 

Humility draws our Healer. It acts as a magnet, drawing Heaven to earth.

Forgiveness to sin.

Strength to weakness.

Clarity to confusion.

Healing to pain.

Beauty to brokenness.

Mercy to judgment.

Grace to condemnation. 

God’s goodness says: “I am the Lord who heals you.”

The great Physician invites us on a personal journey of healing. This journey is unique to each individual, but one that will always lead to wholeness when travelled with the Healer.

With eyes on the Healer and not on our healing, we can press through our crowds of loneliness and pain, disappointments and hurts, shame and ridicule, reach out for His robe, and experience all that He has for us in every situation we face.

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Psalm 34:5

Every time we press through our doubts, disappointments, questions, and insecurities for that one touch, we create space for the Healer to invade our “here and now”.