Just to Touch Him: Luke 8 Paraphrased
She heard He was in town, the One who could finally heal her. She tried everything to find relief and nothing worked. Twelve years is an awful long time to endure the humiliation of her affliction. She wanted her life back! She was tired of being alone and shunned everywhere she went. It was a lonely and painful existence.
She pulled her scarf over her head, pulled her bangs down to cover her face, kept her gaze down to not make eye contact with anyone, and she went looking for Him.
The crowd was like a mob surrounding Him.
“How am I going to get to Him?” She wondered. She frantically pushed her way through the crowd. Another thought entered her mind…”What if He rejects me like everyone else?”
She had to see Him. She knew He was her only answer. He was her salvation and she could let nothing or no one get in her way; not even her own fear.
“If I can just touch the hem of His garment it will be enough.”
She struggled to break through the mob, she knelt down and crawled beneath the crowd, then she quickly, deliberately, and as softly as she could, reached her hand out and touched Him. Instantly she felt the healing power. Instantly she felt the shame lift from her. She felt the burden lift and her heart leapt within her.
“Who touched Me?” She heard His voice ask. He stopped, the crowd stopped with Him, confused that He should ask such a question, after all everyone was touching Him, pressing Him.
One of His disciples said to Him, “Everyone is touching you.”
“This touch was different.” he said, looking around the crowd. “I felt power leave Me with this touch, this was a touch of faith.”
The woman knowing she had been found out, could not deny it was her. Trembling she fell to His feet. “It was me, I touched You, I know You are the only One who can heal me. When I touched You I was healed.”
Kneeling down, He took her by the hands, lifted her, looked her in the eyes and gently spoke, “My daughter, your faith has healed you, go in peace.”
Wow! The whole crowd pressing in on Him and He felt that one soft purposeful touch.
What are you facing today? What is your infirmity? No matter it is sickness of body, mind, or soul…. if you can just press through the mob of fear, distraction, lies, wrong relationships, whatever it is that is keeping you from being well and in peace… let it go and get to Jesus.
When we come to the end of ourselves we will find Him. Touch Him with faith and He will kneel down and lift you up and He will say to you…”My daughter/son, your faith in Me has made you well.
Luke 8:43-48 And a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, Came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, Who is it who touched Me? When all were denying it, Peter and those who were with him said, Master, the multitudes surround You and press You on every side! But Jesus said, Someone did touch Me; for I perceived that [healing] power has gone forth from Me. And when the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came up trembling, and, falling down before Him, she declared in the presence of all the people for what reason she had touched Him and how she had been instantly cured. And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your confidence and trust in Me) has made you well! Go (enter) into peace (]untroubled, undisturbed well-being).