August 28, 2016: Who Touched Me?

Posted on : Aug 25th, 2016 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

On Sunday we will hear the story of the woman who touched Jesus’s garment and was healed from her affliction.  Not only does Jesus notice the power that goes from him to her, but he asks her to tell everyone what she did.  I can just feel her face turn red with embarrassment.  Or, maybe she wasn’t embarrassed, but proud.  She wanted to be healed that bad, that she broke a whole bucket-load of society’s rules to touch Jesus.  Once she did that, she was “whole” and had the courage to talk about it.  Though unnamed, she was a “missionary” or “disciple” through her testimony of faith and the power of Jesus’s love.  Oh how we want to be whole like that.  Oh, how we want to have healing: physical, spiritual, mental.  Do we have the courage and tenacity it takes to reach our goals?  “The dream is free.  But the hustle is sold separately.”   Join us on Sunday as we continue looking at questions Jesus asked and formulating some of our own responses!!!

Blessings,

Lisa Bove

 

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Luke 8: 40-56

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying.

As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied it, Peter said, ‘Teacher, the crowds surround you and press in on you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.’ When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’

While he was still speaking, someone came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.’ When Jesus heard this, he replied, ‘Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.’ When he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter, John, and James, and the child’s father and mother. They were all weeping and wailing for her; but he said, ‘Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and called out, ‘Child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he directed them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astounded; but he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.

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