"THE TOUCH OF FAITH"
I. WE SEE IN OUR STORY TWO PEOPLE ONE WHO SOUGHT THE LORD TO TOUCH HIS LITTLE GIRL, THE OTHER WHO MADE HER WAY THROUGH THE CROWD TO TOUCH JESUS.
A. The fame of Jesus was spreading, and more and more people who were in desperate need were coming to Him.
1. In the third chapter of Mark we read where He had healed so many that they were bringing to Jesus all that had plagues that they might just touch Him.
2. Special power was received just by touching Jesus or by being touched by Jesus.
B. One of the rulers of the synagogue, Jarius by name had a 12 year old daughter that was lying at the point of death.
1. You dads and moms, put yourselves in the shoes of these parents.
a. The mother stayed by the daughters side, while the dad went for help.
b. Back in chapter three Jesus was in the synagogue of which Jarius was a ruler, and no doubt Jairus was there on that sabbath when Jesus healed the man with the withered hand.
c. He perhaps was among those who determined that Jesus must be stopped, or as Mark puts it, destroyed.
d. He had a great obstacle keeping him from Jesus and that is prejudice. This is a difficult obstacle to overcome.
e. Things are different now, he knows that his little girl is dying, and He is convinced of the power of Jesus to heal her.
f. God can surely change our attitude in a hurry.
g. Desperation can do amazing things, it can help us to overcome our prejudices.
2. He fell at the feet of Jesus begging Him to come and touch his little girl.
a. He could care less at this moment as to what the other rulers of the synagogue would think of his actions.
b. The life was passing out of his little love, his little pride and joy.
c. He expressed his faith in Jesus declaring that if Jesus would just come and lay His hands on her she would be healed and she would live.
C. "And Jesus went with him."
1. He did not rebuke the man for the treatment He had received in synagogue.
2. He did not bring up the past rejection.
3. He was pleased for the change of heart.
D. Many people who have mistreated Jesus in the past are afraid to come to Him now in their distress, knowing that they deserved to be rejected by Jesus.
1. They are afraid that the Lord might be curt with them. They are afraid that He will say to them, "You come now because you are in trouble, where were you when things were going well?"
2. Jesus will never reject a desperate soul, no matter what they may have done or said in the past.
E. He had a lot to lose in coming to Jesus.
1. He might lose his position as a ruler in the synagogue.
2. The Pharisees had determined that if any man confessed that Jesus was the Messiah, that they would be put out of the synagogue.
3. He might lose many of his friends that were now conspiring to put Jesus to death.
F. He had much to gain by coming to Jesus. The life of his precious little girl.
II. THE OTHER PERSON IN THE STORY WAS DESPERATE TO TOUCH JESUS.
A. She had a physical condition that made her an outcast from society.
1. She had been hemorrhaging for 12 years.
2. Under the law, while she was bleeding, she was considered unclean, and whoever touched her would also be unclean.
3. To touch her bed, or the chair where she was sitting would cause you to be considered unclean.
4. She had spent all her money on physicians, and was not any better.
5. About the time that the light had come into the home of Jarius, the light had gone out in her life.
6. Twelve years can seem such a short time when you are having such joy, but it can seem like an eternity when you are in the midst of suffering.
B. She too was convinced in the power of Jesus. She felt that if she could just make it through the crowd that was thronging about Jesus and touch the hem of His garment, that she would be healed of her plague.
1. Both parties were correct in their conclusions. If Jesus would just touch his daughter she would be healed. If I can just touch Jesus I will be healed.
2. The touch of Jesus can make the wrongs right.
C. She had obstacles in her way of touching Jesus, mainly the crowd that was thronging Him. Pushing, shoving, all trying to get close.
1. She was desperate, and she was determined.
2. She had nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
D. There were great diversities in the two that were coming to Jesus.
1. The one was a ruler of the synagogue, the other had be excluded from the synagogue for 12 years, because of her condition.
2. The one coming for his dying daughter, the other coming for herself.
E. They had one thing in common. They were desperate.
III. WE SEE JESUS MAKING HIS WAY THROUGH THE THRONG, WITH THE DESPERATE FATHER BY HIS SIDE PROBABLY EXHORTING THE CROWD TO MAKE ROOM, TO MOVE ASIDE, SEEKING TO HURRY JESUS ALONG.
A. Jesus suddenly stopped and asked, "Who touched My clothes?"
1. This question amazed the disciples, and one of them asked, probably Peter, "What do you mean, who touched Me?" The whole city seemed to be pressing against Him. There is a vast difference between pressing against Jesus and touching Jesus.
2. The Greek word translated touch is stronger than just touch, it means to grasp, or clutch. It is the word that Jesus used when Mary grabbed hold of Him in the garden the first time she saw Him after His resurrection, and Jesus said to her, "Touch Me not." or "Don't cling to Me."
3. It is a strange question indeed, for many were touching Him in order to be healed, why would Jesus suddenly stop to discuss the healing of this one person when the Father is so desperate to get Jesus to his dying daughter?
4. Jesus knew that the girl had already died, and that messengers were on the way to inform the father of the tragedy. For while Jesus was talking with the woman the messengers arrived.
B. I believe that Jesus stopped to talk to this woman, to help increase the faith of Jarius.
1. As the woman told her story, the time of her affliction, 12 years must have struck a chord in his mind. That's how old my little girl is.
2. Her life has been slowly ebbing away for 12 years, and by just touching Jesus, she has been made whole.
3. As Jesus was saying to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you whole, go in peace, and be made whole of your plague."
4. While she was being sent away in peace, the disturbing news came to the father of the little girl. She died. He didn't get to Jesus in time.
5. He no doubt with the news of the death of his little girl let out a wail of distress, and Jesus said to Him, "Be not afraid, only believe."
C. At this point Jesus dismissed the crowd, would not allow them to follow Him any farther. Only the father of the girl, and Peter, James, and John.
1. As they approached the house they could hear the weeping and wailing of the assembled friends.
2. As He came in He asked them, "Why all this fuss and weeping? She is not dead, she is only asleep."
3. Their wailing immediately turned into scornful laughter of Him, so He ordered them all out of the house.
4. He then took the father and mother of the little child into the room where her little dead body was lying. He took her little hand in His, and said, "Talitha cumi." He used the Aramaic language which was probably the language of the household. The words literally translated are, "Little lamb, arise."
5. Immediately to their astonishment the little girl arose, and walked. Jesus commanded them that they should not tell anyone about this miracle, and suggested that they give the little girl something to eat.
D. The touch of Jesus is a touch of love, He wants to touch you with His love today.
E. The touch of Jesus is a touch of healing. He wants to touch you and heal you today.
F. The touch of Jesus is a touch of life, He wants to give you life today.
G. The touch of Jesus is a touch of power, He wants to give you power today.
H. I encourage you to get in touch with Jesus today, let Him touch your life, or you reach out and touch Him now. There is healing and help for you, the moment you touch Him.