Who touched me?
Who touched me? -Luke 8:45
Only God knows how much she had suffered. For twelve long years, she lived in humility, an outcast of society. Labeled unclean by the priest, she could not touch nor be touched. Her eyes were always cast downward. She was ashamed, always self-concious, and afraid. Afraid of a condescending glance, of a cold shoulder, and of the gavel brought down on her life in judgment. She was an orphan of society, an outcast forced to scrape by for a living, and forsaken of God. Or so she thought, for Jesus was passing by today.
Jesus was on His way to Jairus house, a ruler of the synagogue, for his daughter was deathly ill. And as Jesus traveled, there was a large mass of people surrounding Him, crowding Him, crushing Him, and pressing against Him. They wanted to be touched by Him and healed of their diseases, or to have their needs met. Suddenly, Jesus stops and wheels around, "Who touched me?"
The people around Jesus denied touching Him. Voices raise up from the throng, "It wasn't me." "Not me." "Me neither." The disciples even laughed, "Lord the people are all around and bumping into You and You ask who touched Me?" But it was a different kind of touch, a touch with a focused intent, a touch with a purpose. It was a touch of faith, for Jesus felt power go out from Him. You see, a lot of people touch Christ, many people bump into Him every Sunday, but only few touch Him in a manner that prompts a response.
The sea of people parted to reveal the woman, kneeling and trembling, head bowed downward. Jesus looked upon her with compassion and immediately read the story of her life - the loneliness, the heartache, the pain, the shame and embarrassment. "Daughter, your faith has made you whole." With that one kind word, "Daughter," she was welcomed back into the family.
This Sunday, or any time Christians gather, churches and homes across the world are full of people pressing and crushing against Christ, placing their demands upon Him, asking that He touch them. But how many people will actually reach out in faith and touch Jesus themselves, and touch Him with faith that demands a response? All power in heaven and earth belongs to Him. When you reach out in faith, doubting nothing, He will single you out of the crowd, and He will respond to your slightest touch.