As I mentioned at the begninning of the month, a part of keeping focus in June is to read Mark. As I read these chapters there are a couple of things that pop out to me.
Jesus led by example… He taught… Displayed his teaching through actions and then sent his disciples out to do the work – see Chapter 6.
I’m reminded in this that I am also a disciple commissioned to “do the work” of Christ. I have a mission in life. Just as he sent out his disciples then – I am called to go out into all the world and make disciples. (Matthew 28:16-20).
I pray when I go to Jesus I am like the faith of this woman in Mark 5:21-34.
She thought to herself, “If I can put a finger on his robe, I can get well.” Touch him is what she did. The crowd was pushing in on Jesus. People were touching him left and right… calling his name. I’m sure it was chaos around him yet he said, “Who touched my robe?”
His disciples replied, “What are you talking about? With this crowd pushing and jostling you, you’re asking, ‘Who touched me?’ Dozens have touched you!”
Everyone was crowding around Jesus and he knew someone with faith came to him. This woman knew what it meant to come to Jesus. Did Jesus have to ask the question, “Who touched me?” I don’t think so… I think this question was to make a point to his disciples and those around.
Have you ever known someone who just loves being seen with people of importance… or at least they talk a big game of the people they know? This same game gets played in the Christian world too. We go to our churches leading the other Christians to believe we Know Jesus and spend all this time with him – that we know Him intimately. When actually all we are doing is pretending to be something that we are not. Hiding behind our stained glass windows.
This woman wanted to do more than to be seen with Jesus. She had a mission to know him intimately. She received the desire of her heart – to be healed. Jesus blessed her beyond what she sought. She had a face to face conversation with him. It didn’t stop there either… it was recorded in God’s word for the entire world to know – for eternity!
Have you touched Jesus?