In the Gospels every miracle that Jesus performed, He is the one that initiates the contact. He is the one that says the healing word. He is the one that makes the healing touch. However there are three instances where Jesus does not make the first contact, but rather is touched by someone first. As we read through the Gospels, there is three distinct people who touch Jesus.
The first people who touched Jesus is actually a group and is found in Mark 5:31 and Luke 8:45. Jesus is making His way through the crowd trying to get to Jarius’ house to heal his daughter. While Jesus was pressing through the crowd, He asked “Who touched my clothes?” The disciples were dumbfounded that Jesus would ask such a question when the crowd was bumping into Him the whole time He was trying to make His way to Jarius’ house. The thing about the crowd is that when they touched, bumped into, or rubbed against Jesus nothing happened. No healing, no signs and wonders, no miracles because they were seeking after their own interests. They weren’t following, seeking after, and touching Jesus in order to have a more intimate relationship with Him. They were more concerned in what Jesus could do for them. So many times we don’t receive our healing, we don’t see any signs and wonders, we don’t see any miracles, even though we might touch Jesus or bump into Him, because we are in it for the wrong reasons. Are you seeking after Jesus in order that you might know Him more intimately or are you seeking after Jesus so that you might get something from Him?
The second person that touched Jesus was the woman with the issue of blood (See Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:43-48). This woman had spent all she had and exhausted all of her options going to different doctors trying to receive her healing. Recently, I passed a sign posted at a church that said “Is prayer your first response or your last resort?” I like to change that to “Is Jesus your first response or your last resort?” So many times we are just like this woman, we waste all our time, money, energy, and effort trying to find what we are looking for everywhere else, and right before we give up or quit, we turn to Jesus. No matter what situation, circumstance or problem we go through it does not change the source we go to in order to find our help. Jesus is the source of everything we will ever need. Jesus should be the first one we turn to and not a last ditch effort in order that we might find what we’re looking for. David said it this way “Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord” (See Psalm 121:1-2). Now the Bible says that this woman had enough faith that she only needed to touch the clothes Jesus was wearing. She didn’t need Jesus to touch her, she didn’t need Jesus to say a healing word, she didn’t even need to touch Jesus, she had such great faith that she believed that if she could just touch what Jesus was touching she would receive her healing. Some of us might need to receive a touch from Jesus in order to receive our healing, others of us might just need to hear Jesus say a healing word, but there are some of us that we just need to touch the very thing that Jesus is coming in contact with in order that we might receive our healing. The Bible says because of this great faith, Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. I don’t know about you, but I want to have enough faith that when I touch what Jesus is touching the power of God is released in my life. This is why Jesus says “That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in Heaven” (See Matthew 18:19). Are you willing to touch what Jesus touched in order to receive your healing, your miracle, your breakthrough in your life?
Finally, the last person to touch Jesus we find in John 20:17. Mary Magdalene is going to the tomb to see where they had buried Jesus. When she got there, she saw that the stone had been rolled away. She stood outside the tomb crying and then she looked into the tomb trying to find Jesus. She was not self-seeking, she wasn’t looking to get something from Jesus, all she wanted was to see Jesus, to find Him. When she turned around from the tomb, Jesus was standing right there in front of her. She went to embrace Him, but Jesus told her not to touch Him. I believe that because Mary was seeking after Jesus in order to have a more intimate relationship with Him and didn’t just want to touch Him but embrace Him, she would have received so much power and been revealed so much of God’s glory that it might have overtaken her and possibly killed her. I want to reach such a level of love for Jesus and intimacy with Him that receive a small portion of His power, like the woman with the issue of blood, or even just see a glimpse of His glory, like Moses, but that when I embrace Him I would be so consumed that my flesh would die, my spirit would come alive, and I’d be changed forever. Paul tells us that whoever is in Christ, whoever embraces Jesus, whoever touches Jesus, is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come (See 2 Corinthians 5:17). Is that what you’re seeking after? Are you striving for that type of intimate relationship that when you touch Jesus, you’ll never be the same again?