THE FRINGE OF HIS CLOAK

Over the year’s people, enamored with the thought, have all types of things that they have endeavored to “link” to Jesus! 

After I visited the Holy Land, I was more than convinced how some use the items for profit, for support of their fantasies, for notoriety, the list is endless.  I fully expect them to find sufficient pieces of wood from the cross to build another Noah’s ark.

The thought that has lingered in my mind of recent is the occasion that is spoken of in Matthew 9.  Jesus had just answered a question concerning John, the Baptizer, the Pharisees, and the wineskins.

A man approaches Him and says: “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”  Here is a crowd of people to whom he could minister, but Jesus began to follow this individual, along with His disciples.  We sometimes get our priorities mixed up, but our Lord does not get His mixed up. If you look back you will see that Jesus had power over leprosy, over sickness, over diseases, over His disciples, over demons, over a paralytic, a tax-collector and now He deals with death.

The Savior is in route to this little girl, but there is an interruption.  A woman who has had a hemorrhage problem for 12 years is in the crowd that was following.  She does not ask for attention, in her thinking she says: “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” And so, she does exactly that.

Imagine, in that crowd that was pushing and shoving it appears that only a single individual touches the Savior in faith.  He turns, and obviously knows the answer but says: “Daughter, take courage, your faith has made you well.” 

That lady did not request anything; she just knew that to “touch the garment” was sufficient. Try to imagine all of this and realize what must have been going through the minds of those people, the man who was taking Jesus to his daughter, and the disciples who were accompanying Him.

It is important that we comprehend this moment. There is nothing that you or I can do to acquire spiritual healing except to place our faith in the Lord Jesus.  He invites us to “Come unto Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”  It is touching the hem of His garment in faith!  When we do that, we experience spiritual healing and His promise continues: “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)                           

-Ted

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