Our verses today are Mark 5:30-32: “And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about inthe crowd and said, ‘Who touched my garments?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘ou see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ And he looked around to see who had done it.”
A woman with a incessant flow of blood, an illness she had possessed for twelve years, an illness that had robbed her of all her life’s savings, in desperation, made her way through the crowds and touched the hem of Jesus’ robe. Her desperate faith drove her to believe that even if she touched Jesus’ garment, she would be made well.
When she touched his garment, Jesus felt a power leave his body. There was a large crowd. Many were following him. He asks, “Who touched me?” The disciples responded, “The crowd is too big. How can we know?” Jesus looked into the masses to see who had done it.
What strikes me most in these verses is Jesus felt power leave his body when the woman touched his garment! She didn’t touch him. She touched his garment! She may have only touched the hem of his garment. Yet he still felt God’s great power in him leave.
How could this be? How could Jesus feel a power surge leave his body if only his clothes were touched? It must be because of Jesus’ great, sensitive love to all needs of his followers. His tender sensitivity to the world’s needs must be beyond anything we can imagine. A desperate cry of help to him that only touches his clothes is still heard and felt by him.
I remember when our first child was born. We had waited a long time for her birth. Finally, she had come. At night, while she slept, if she even gurgled my wife would awaken and hear it. If she moved ever so slightly, my wife would awaken and hear it. Any small whimper for help would cause my wife immediately to awaken and respond to her need.
My wife possessed a tender “mother love, a sensitivity of love toward my daughter that only a Mom can understand. It responded to any movement, any need from my daughter.
That is God’s love toward us. No matter what your need may be today, reach out to God. Go to him and tell him all that is on your heart. Even if your effort only touches the hem of his garment, he still hears your needs. You are his child.
He loves you deeply and dearly. His love for you is tender, sensitive and…responsive…as we’ll see tomorrow.