Christian Senses :: To Touch

The Bible says that Jesus touched the lepers, whom the society in his times, had branded as untouchables and unclean and healed them. The Bible also says that there were many who sought to touch him for when they did, the power (virtue) of God and healing flowed from him (Luke 16:19; Luke 8:46). Interestingly, the Bible also records that Jesus allowed sinners to touch him and he forgave their sins (Luke 7:38-50).

Christians are not those who have been born into Christian families, but those who have been born again in God’s family, because they have believed in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and trusted Him to be their Lord and Master. In other words, Christians are those who have reached out and touched Jesus and received the forgiveness of their sins. Christians are those who have been touched by the Lord Jesus Christ and made clean and whole, healed from the leprosy of sin. But the power of touch does not stop there. Christians have been touched so that they can do that which is commanded of them which is to direct others to the touch of Christ (2 Thessalonians 3:3-5) as they await His return.

Point(s) to ponder:
1. Have you reached out to touch Christ to experience and enjoy the power of God that brings about the forgiveness of your sin and total restoration?
2. Have you experienced the touch of Christ which makes you clean and holy?
3. If you/I have been touched by Christ Jesus, are you directing others to His touch?

2 Thessalonians 3:3-5 (KJV)
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Experiencing God

The Bible refers to Jesus Christ in 1 John 1:1, as The One who was from the beginning, who was heard, who was seen and looked upon and whom hands handled. While hearing, seeing, looking is about external senses, handling (touching) is about experiencing (feeling).

When the woman who was sick for twelve years reached out and touched the garment of Jesus Christ, she experienced healing and was made whole (Mark 5:25-34). Experiencing God is about reaching out and touching Christ Jesus; the God who reached out and touched man. When asked by the socially outcast leper, if Jesus would be willing to make him clean, Jesus responded being filled with compassion, that He was.  Jesus reached out and touched the socially outcast leper making him clean (Mark 1:40-42). Salvation is about being made whole/clean.  Jesus’ touch makes those who are plagued with the leprosy of sin, whole/clean.

Point(s) to ponder:

  • Have you reached out and touched Jesus?
  • Have you asked Jesus to reach out and touch you?
  • Have you experienced God?

Mark 1:40-42 (KJV)
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

1 John 1:1-4 (KJV)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.