If I can just touch His cloak!

Scripture reading for February 23rd: Mark 6:30-56, Psalms 40:1-10, Proverbs 10:11-12

Mankind is hurting deeply because of sin and it’s consequences.  Sin brings a darkness over the soul that clouds life and leaves us restless and dissatisfied.  Often, in our search for satisfaction, we selfishly get into bondage and satanic powers enslave us with addictions and fears.  Sickness attacks our bodies and suffering marks our lives.  Hope is elusive as many of the cures that are promised don’t really fix the problems.

Jesus came into a world just like ours.  He saw the hurts and pains and came to help those who were hurting and enslaved.  As He preached repentance, He reached out to touch people and bring healing.  “When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.  As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus.  They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard He was.  And wherever He went–into villages, towns or countryside–they placed the sick in the marketplaces.  They begged Him to let them touch even the edge of His cloak, and all who touched were healed.” (Mark 6:53-56)

Jesus brought real healing and real hope.  When people responded in faith, they were healed!  When the people recognized that it was Jesus, they responded by running to get the sick and bring them to Him.  There was a desire to want to make contact with Him that drove them to desperation.  They begged for the opportunity to touch His garment.  The record states that “all who touched were healed.”

Jesus Christ is the same today as then.  Jesus is still compassionate and looking to heal the sick and deliver the bound.  He is available to all who will seek Him out by faith.  Those who have repented of their sins have been given authority to go into all the world with the message of repentance and forgiveness.  They are to lay hands on the sick and God works with them to bring healing.  (Mark 16:15-17)  If you have a need, reach out today and touch the Lord.  If you are a disciple of Jesus, reach out today and touch someone in His name that needs healing!  God is still healing hurting people!  All who reach out to touch Him will receive according to their faith!

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