3/2: Do You Run To Touch Him?

 

Mark chapter 6 describes the mob scenes Jesus’ presence created. Once word got out that He could heal people of diseases and deliver them from demon possession, He couldn’t go anywhere where a crowd wouldn’t gather. Even when He wanted to be alone with His disciples to teach them, the crowds found Him. Mark 6:30-33 tells us, “Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him.” (NKJ)

Jesus was “moved with compassion” when He saw all those needy people – all 5,000 plus of them – and rather than go on with His plan to talk privately with His disciples, He taught the people all day long. This led to Him having the disciples feed them all and the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fish, which accomplished that task. (See verses 34-39.)

Jesus then tried again to get away with the disciples. He sent them before Him on a boat bound for Bethsaida while He sent the multitudes away. Well, that took some time, so much time that Jesus didn’t head out to meet the guys until the AM hours. Here’s where He walked to them over rough waters, amazing them. (Hadn’t they just seen Him feed 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish? Anyway.) The minute they anchored the boat at their new destination, wouldn’t you know it? “And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was” (verses 54-55).

Mark ends his explanation of the scene by saying, “Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well” (verse 56).

I don’t know about you, but I would have done the same thing. If I had witnessed the true power of Jesus, I would have been jostling my way through any crowd for myself and for my loved ones who needed healing and deliverance. By any means necessary, I would have gotten myself close enough to Jesus because “as many as touched Him were made well.”

But wait a minute, we have witnessed the true power of Jesus: it’s called the Resurrection! The opportunity still presents itself today. Every day – 365/24/7 – thanks to Jesus leaving us the Holy Spirit, we can touch Him by faith. Jesus has entered our “city,” and He stands ready to touch and be touched. The great news is that the results of that touch are the same: healing and deliverance.

What are you waiting for? Reach out and touch Jesus today for whatever you need.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on March 2, 2013.

One Response to “3/2: Do You Run To Touch Him?”

  1. Jesus, is on the mainline…call him up and tell him what you want!!!

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