The particular Touch
Probably the most stirring but also one of the most tragic images the particular Bible gives us are of great locations surging toward Christ so they could be cured. At a time when humanity had only the most basic knowledge of the human body and knew of only the most rudimentary medical treatments, there were always many who suffered continuously and grievously. Thus we can picture in our minds people protected in sores limping toward him, folks who could not walk crawling toward him, people unable to move getting carried toward him. Surrounding him at all times were the most pitiable people in the most desperate of circumstances.
And as they came, Jesus might reach out and touch them. As their hand came into contact with theirs, they would get strength. As their fingers brushed towards their bodies, they would be made whole—bones would be knit back together, structures would be strengthened, eyes would be opened, ears would be unstopped. Though the ministry of Christ was primarily about teaching, it also involved much touching, for the crowds that surged toward him wished to feel his healing touch.
We do not have such power today, for this pleased God to allow that healing present to fade away at the end of the age of the Apostles, at the time when the writing of the Scriptures had come to completion. But we still do have the ability to touch people’s lives, for their good or even ill, for their strengthening or weakening, for blessing or cursing.
Our lives, and the ones of others, are continuously coming into contact with one another. Friends and enemies, neighbors and co-workers, family members and ideal strangers—as we live our lives, Providence guides that they come into our own orbit and we straight into theirs. And if we acknowledge that God’s unseen hand directs all our ways, then we must acknowledge that our paths and people of other people usually do not cross without a few design, some objective. It was no chance encounter when, across the border between Samaria and Galilee, Christ was met by 10 lepers. It was no coincidence that when he entered Bethsaida a blind guy approached him right now there. It was no fortunate break that, as he approached the Sea of Galilee, a hard of hearing man awaited him. The mind of The almighty had planned all of this, the particular hand of Lord had directed this, and it fell to Jesus to make the the majority of each opportunity.
There is no reason to believe the mind and hands of God are any less involved with the encounters we have now experience on a daily basis. There is no accidental in this universe. There is absolutely no chance, no coincidence, no luck. If every atom and each particle is known and instructed by God, then surely no less the feet of men and women made in his image. None of us follows any kind of path but the 1 he has laid out for all of us. And thus we can be confident that the individuals we meet as you go along are the very individuals God meant for us to meet along the way. We are able to be equally confident that he has a purpose in mind for those conferences, whether they last just for moments or for days. In some way he means for us to replicate our Savior and also to represent our Messiah by reaching out to contact their lives.
Of course our touch no longer cures illnesses or fixes infirmities. But we can still do have the ability to make a difference, to state the kinds of terms Jesus might say if he stood before them and to do the kinds of actions Jesus might perform if his life had come into contact with theirs. We can encourage them toward the gospel if they do not know Christ and encourage all of them in the gospel if they do. We can convenience them in sadness, equip them intended for ministry, challenge all of them in faithfulness, strengthen them for assistance. We can bring pleasure, bring hope, bring comfort, bring the blessing. We can touch their lives and make their burden easier, their action lighter, their center freer.
Christ left no one even worse than he had found them. None remaining his presence with no some blessing, a few challenge, some enablement or encouragement to live for the good more and the glory of God. And what a positive change it would make nowadays if we determined to do the same—to live with working purpose, to live having an awareness of the concealed but omnipresent hand of Providence, to determine that none will leave our presence without having received a few encouragement, some blessing, some gift of God’s grace because mediated through our mouths, through our own hands. What a distinction it would make in the world if we determined to become as constant since Jesus in reaching out with a helping, healing touch.