You Can Touch Jesus

Mark 5:21-34, Luke 8:43-48, Matthew 9:20-22 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had woman healedbeen subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, 43no one could heal her, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched 44the edge of his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”  29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 45 Who touched me?” Jesus asked. They all denied it.

31 “You see the people crowding and pressing against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 22 Jesus turned and saw her.  33 Then the woman, 47 seeing that she could not go unnoticed and knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 47 In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” 22And the woman was healed at that moment.

I know that you usually focus on the woman or Jairus in this story. I think the woman with the bleeding problem was really for Jairus so that his faith would be strong. The woman’s story speaks for its self and is/has/will be told many times but what about the crowd? They, according to the disciples, were touching Jesus! Did they have needs, wants or desires? Why was the woman the only one to draw power? I guess my real question here is: You can touch Jesus and have nothing happen?

Ok, that may mess with your theology but is it elsewhere in the Gospels?

  • The Ten Lepers; they “touched” Jesus with their cries and only one came back. The one leperLuke 17:11
  • The One Talent Servant was part of the kingdom and knew the requirements but yet he hid his talent. Matthew 25:14-30
  • The soldiers who beat Jesus.
  • The “Lord when did we see you” group in Matthew 25:43-45.

Now, there is a difference when Jesus touched someone. The Nine Lepers were healed, the other two servants knew and did the Master’s will and way more Seed was productive. The difference may be that Jairus and the woman came with faith to Jesus. The crowd was just following because who doesn’t like a parade and being around someone famous. In Matthew 9:25 the “crowd” was put outside so that faith in the house would not be hindered, after all, it was not their little girl.

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