Hem Touching and Name Dropping

In Matthew 9 we find the story of an afflicted woman touching the edge of Jesus’ cloak and being instantly healed.  The end of Matthew 14 adds, “People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick but touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.”  I have a granddaughter who ran an amazing distance merely to meet Bruce Springsteen.  He had nothing to offer other than her being able to say she met him.  I am trying to imagine the reaction of people who didn’t even have to meet Jesus.  All they had to do was touch His garment and a life time of illnesses vanished.  I wonder to what lengths I would go to but touch His garment.

After His resurrection He said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  That’s us.  We have not with our eyes seen yet we believe.  We are blessed.  In Matthew 5 He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”   He promised, “Ask and you will receive.”  So let’s ask for the forgiveness and bask in the surety that we will see Him. I want to see Him.

The Gospel keeps getting better.  No longer will we just get to see Him and touch Him.  In John 15:15 Jesus calls us His friends.  Have you ever known or met someone famous?  Did you name drop after that?  Did you ever invent conversation so you could let others know you know someone?   The best name dropping ever is letting people know Jesus is your friend.  Try it today and see what happens.

Written by Roger Bothwell on March 16, 2015

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