Jesus Touched Him

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 8:1-4, 14-17

My patient was a stranger. His wife had asked the Cathedral to send a pastor and it was my turn to be the minister of the day. He seemed almost unconscious, and near death.

Trying to make contact I cradled his face in my hands as I prayed. Later he told his wife that a wonderful warmth had suffused his body at that moment. He interpreted it as the touch of the Master’s hand. Later I was to baptize him in that hospital bed.

We are impressed by Christ’s power in this passage. He cries, “Be clean!” and the shunned leper is healed. But He doesn’t do it by remote control. He touches him!

Bystanders gasped! What a terrible risk! But as someone has said, “Love cannot live at arm’s length.” So our walk with Him may be intimate indeed. Other gods are lifeless, cold, demanding. But the Son of God “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.” And now He stretches out His nail-pierced hand to us to heal us from the terrible leprosy of our sin.

Do you feel the cleansing touch of Jesus? And are you willing to touch others, even the “untouchables,” in His name?

PRAYER

Lord, if You will, You can make me clean. You know that I need Your healing touch, for my mind, for my body, and above all for my soul. And help my hands to be Your gentle hands as I reach out to others. For Jesus’ sake. Amen