Let the world know you are Christian by your love
“A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’” — Mark 5:21-43.
Even though your doctor may give up on you, Jesus never does. Scripture tells us that we are assured that although we endure the consequences of our sins and the sins of others, we are assured that God’s love for the repentant sinner never ceases; His mercies never cease. The Lord will provide salvation to all who turn to him in faith.
We are touched with the love of Jesus. Each of us has many opportunities to touch others with that love.
What happens when someone who has great needs touches Jesus? Will you be a part in sharing that touch?
In the text we are told of a woman who had visited many doctors but could not get a cure for her illness. She had spent all of her money but to no avail. Instead, she grew worse. Medical bills can destroy you financially.
This has happened to so many people who have been ruined, financially. Someone told me about a couple who had to sell their home in order to pay for medical treatment abroad.
The woman of the text was destitute. There was nowhere to turn. She needed help and was also out of hope. In desperation, she turned to Jesus.
Her only glimmer of hope was in Jesus as he stood in the crowd that day. She thought to herself, “I might not be able to talk to him, but if I could just touch his clothes, I will be cured.” What faith!
In faith she touched his garment. That touch paid great dividends. When that destitute woman touched Jesus, three very important things happened in her life. First, she received physical healing, immediately. Secondly, she came face to face with Jesus. Thirdly, her anxiety and frustration, changed.
Jesus spun around and inquired, “Who touched me.” That was a strange question to ask because there were so many people gathered around him. Despite this, Jesus knew that power had left him. The poor desperate woman stepped forth and kneeled trembling at his feet. He did not rebuke her. With love and kindness in his eyes he said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
That day a woman who felt desperate, frustrated, and hopeless, received the gift of her life. She got to meet Jesus up close, face to face. She was healed from 12 years of suffering. Greater still, she received the gift of eternal life.
When Jesus comes into the picture, things change. He brings hope. The end result may not be what we expect, but Jesus gives hope to us and to all who trust in him. Jesus gives us more than we expect.
Through him we receive comfort and we get relief. He gives us eternal life with him in paradise.
We too can bring healing to others, our neighbors through the sharing of the love of Jesus. His love works miracles in the lives of those who are hurting. Share his peace and his love with others.
Through his love and compassion, Jesus brought healing to the desperate woman on the road. He does the same thing for all who trust in him, daily.
In the waters of baptism, he brings us back from the dead. In the Sacrament of the altar, which is a means of grace, he forgives us our sins and gives us eternal life.
All the blessings we get from God are not for us to keep. We are to share his love with the people with whom we come into contact. Yes, touch lives and bring healing with that love which our Lord has given to you.
Christianity is much more than what we say. It is more about what we do. Let the world know that you are a Christian by your love. Amen.
- Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 323-4107; E-mail: email@example.com