Blessed… Just to Touch His Clothes

When they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. When the people who lived in that place recognized him, they sent word throughout that whole region, and they brought to him everyone who was sick.  Then they begged him that they might just touch the edge of his clothes. Everyone who touched him was cured (Matthew 14:34-36, Common English Bible).

Imagine a physician, say a specialist in Gastroenterology, who seems to find a positive solution for all her patients. She has great skills. She loves her work and her patients. And, her patients love her.

Her skills and bedside manor result in remarkable numbers of patients who come her way. If you have stomach and digestive issues, she is the doctor you want in your corner. One of the other results can be, this doctor has little time for much of anything else. The demand for her skills is all consuming.

Such was the case for Jesus, the great physician. At the beginning of this chapter Jesus and the disciples sought alone time. They wanted to process the loss of a dear friend for the disciples and a beloved cousin of Jesus. Whenever we lose someone close, we all need time to process. We need time to grieve.

The crowds didn’t give Jesus and the twelve the opportunity. So, Jesus and the disciples went to the other side of the sea. The crowds followed. That resulted first in Jesus teaching and then in the feeding of the 5000.

After dinner, Jesus sends the twelve back across the sea. A storm blows in and Jesus comes toward their boat walking on the water. He rescues Peter, enters the boat, calms the sea and he and the disciples go on to Gennesaret. There, Jesus found that the crowds once again had followed him.

But, the crowds grew even more. People Jesus healed and those who watched him heal were so impressed they spread the word. People needing healing came from everywhere. As I was reading the story, the thought came to me that either Jesus was overwhelmed by the number of people who came or the people who came became impatient waiting their turn.

I can’t imagine being so desperate as to think, “If only I can touch my doctor, I will be healed.” That is what the folks started thinking. And, they were right! The lesson tells us that everyone who touched Jesus was cured.

Wouldn’t our hypothetical physician love to be able to stand there, allow people to touch her and then find healing. The real truth is, the touch of any physician would never do all that. What is really needed isn’t the knowledge of a doctor, but to touch the king!

How has Jesus healed you?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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