As you know, we have five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Each of these senses is very important to us. Today we are going to hear about the sense of touch and it’s importance. Touch has become very topical in Covid times, we are continually told to be careful what we touch and to sanitize our hands regularly or better still to wash them . If we close our eyes we can often tell what an object is by its size, shape, and texture . In the Bible, Jesus showed His power through touch. We’ll hear about two ways He used touch to help people.
One day Jesus was walking through a large crowd. The people were crowding around so that he could hardly move. There was a woman in the crowd who was not well; her body had been bleeding for 12 years. There wasn’t even a doctor who could help her. But she thought Jesus could heal her. She thought, “If I could just get close enough to touch (pause) his robe, I would be healed.” So she pushed through the crowd and did it! And she was immediately better!
When the woman touched Jesus, He felt the power go out of Him. When He found out who touched (pause) Him, He said, “Your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be free from your suffering.”
At this same time, Jesus was actually on His way to help a church leader whose daughter was very sick. After the woman had touched Him, He learned the girl had died. Then He told everyone, “Have faith!” and He made His way to the church leader’s home. When Jesus saw the people crying over the girl’s death, He told them she was only sleeping. This made them laugh, but He still went and touched her hand and said a prayer. And she got up!
The power in Jesus’ touch is amazing!
Dear God, we long to reach out and touch You and to feel Your power in our lives. Please help us see and feel Your power.
In Jesus name.
Thank you to Claire Hannington for this week’s Sunday School Lesson.