May. 14, 2021

Touch the hem of His garment

Touch the Hem of His Garment

Matthew 9:20-22
And behold, a woman who was diseased with an issue of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the hem of His garment;
21 for she said to herself, “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole.”
22 But Jesus turned about, and when He saw her, He said, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Matthew 14:36
And they besought him that they might touch but the hem of his garment. And as many as touched, were made whole.

The passage above depicts a woman who had an issue of blood ( or was hemorrhaging). Another account of the same incident says she had spent all she had on doctors and was none the better. Although we may not be physically sick in the same way, we are all in the same boat.  Many times we have exhausted all the other options prior to turning to Christ.  We have all issues we deal with on a daily basis. Whatever may be our issue, prior to spending all our time and money on other possible solutions, we need to turn to Christ. Again another account of the same incident says that when the woman touched the hem of His garment, virtue departed from Christ and instantly she stopped bleeding. There's so much to glean from this incident. Firstly, reading the whole account,  Jesus was already occupied and was on His way to Jairus house. There was a large crowd of people trying to reach Him.  A woman who was hemorrhaging was considered unclean and was not supposed to touch a Jewish Rabbi. However, she knew her scripture and knew that the Jewish Messiah would have healing virtues and even the tassels of His prayer shawl would heal. She pressed on through the throng of people and interrupted Jesus on His way to Jairus house, ignoring the tradition of staying away during hemorrhaging, and received her touch from God.  Sometimes we need that kind of audacity to resolve the issue we are facing.  Jesus is never too busy to solve our problems. Regardless of other people with greater need, He is still willing to help us. Jairus daughter was at the point of death. However, Jesus still allowed the woman to receive her healing. Another thing to note is that a multitude thronged around Him, however only this woman reached out in faith and received her healing. Jesus perceived her touch of faith as virtue left Him and healed her. He allowed her to testify of her healing. Many times we need to overcome every objection in order to receive a touch of the Master's hand. In the meantime Jairus heard that his daughter had died. However that didn't stop Jesus either. Jairus also had to overcome a host of obstacles prior to receiving his miracle. Jesus was considered a heretic by the Jewish leaders and Jairus, being the ruler of a synagogue was not to associate with Him. He put His job on the line and in desperation approached Jesus for his daughters life. Jesus was immediately willing to go and heal her. Although the multitudes thronged Him and now this woman was delaying Him further. While all this was going on his daughter died. Just as his hope was about to be crushed, Jesus asks him not to worry and to trust God. To tie it all together and conclude, we all have an issue of some sort and need to press in for a touch of the Master's hand. Turn to Him first prior to exhausting all your resources on your own solutions which do not work. Although a multitude thronged Him, only one woman touched the hem of His garment, and received her answer. Be that one to press in to Christ to meet your needs. Christ is never too busy for the least of us. We all were once unclean and when we by faith touched the hem of His garment we were made whole. Overcome all objections and press into Christ. Even when a situation is hopeless, such as Jairus daughter's death, Christ is able to rectify it. Never give up hope in God. I could go on and on. Take time to read this account in the gospels and be edified. As the song writer says, I have touched the hem of His garment and His blood has made me whole. Amen.