Desperate Touch | A Summary and Reflection

October 24th, 2022

What did a twelve-year-old girl and a woman hemorrhaging for twelve years have in common? Yes, Jesus, the healing touch of Jesus. Pastor Josiah shared Luke 8:40 which set the scene for his sermon entitled “Desperate Touch” and set the scene for two miraculous healings. “Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.” (NIV) Jesus had left the area of Gerasenes , which was across the lake from Galilee. The expecting crowd welcomed Him, especially, Jairus and the unnamed woman.

The first person to desperately seek the LORD in the crowd was Jairus. Luke 8:41 states, “Then a man Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.” The key facts are captured in verse 41. Jairus was a synagogue leader which is ironic since many pharisees opposed Jesus and His revolutionary teaching. However, Jairus did not care about religious politics. He cared about his dying, twelve-year old daughter. He let his pride and his position go so he could come to the Source, the Healer. He was desperate. However, in Luke 8:49, the situation worsens when someone from Jairus’ house said, ”Your daughter is dead…. Don’t bother the teacher anymore.’’ Jesus answered, ”Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” Luke 8:50 (NIV) The LORD has the final word. When He says to not fear, we can believe Him.

Another desperate seeker was the unnamed woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years. Because of her health, she was considered unclean and not able to worship at the synagogue for those twelve years. She had spent her money, time and effort trying to be healed. Then she ”came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped” Luke 8:45 (NIV). In Matthew 9:21-22, we find she had said to herself, ’If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her, ’Take heart, daughter,' he said, ’your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed from that moment.

That is desperate faith for the desperate touch.

Another aspect of this situation is when Jesus asked who touched him in that massive crowd, Peter pointed out that the people had been crowding around Him. However, the woman seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace’ Luke 8:47-48 (NIV).

The healing was immediate. She acknowledged her actions, and Jesus responded to this unnamed woman and her faith. She is famous for reaching out to Jesus in faith and in desperate need for His touch.

Jesus’ mere availability was an invitation to be touched. What if we capitalize on His availability? Isn’t this the time to reach up to the LORD? Isn’t this the time to sit at His feet quietly? Isn’t this the time to gather together to pray, seek forgiveness, direction and healing? Isn’t this the time to worship the living LORD like we did last night?

According to Pastor Josiah, ”God responds to our seeking. He’s looking for people who are looking for Him.” May we look for Him desperately each day and reflect His light and love to a dying world.

Written by Larry and Annette Linthicum

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