A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spend all she had; yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I touch just his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered “and yet you can ask, “Who touched me?” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and trembling with fear told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”. Mark 5: 25-34.
C.S. Lewis said “It is easy to say we believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as we are merely using it to wrap a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. You would really want to first discover how trustworthy that rope was.”
How much do you trust in our Lord? How deep is your faith? Would you hang on to the piece of rope as it hung over a deep cliff if you knew the Lord put it there? Do you trust our Lord enough to do that? Think about it. C.S. Lewis trusted enough to do it and sang hymns, like Paul, when he went to prison several times.
So, how much trust is your faith? I would guess that our belief system encompasses both rational and emotional faith that builds trust. We study and believe rationally what we study as a Christian; we listen to powerful messages and music and watch moving videos and are moved emotionally. Our faith encompasses all emotions. That is what makes it such a deep and abiding faith full of trust. How much trust is our own story. The unclean woman had great trust. She did hang from that rope. She could have been stoned for being in public as an unclean person without announcing her uncleanliness; but she pushed forward, and the rope held. She knew if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be saved from her disease………..as will we. Are we willing to hang from that rope?
Ask God to help you to have a clear understanding of Biblical truth; pray that your personal faith, trust and knowledge will be strengthened – enough to hang from the rope.
The Telephone System used a slogan in their advertising a few years ago, “Reach Out and Touch Someone.” I don’t know how great of an increase in business they experienced, but I’m sure they made a lot of profit because of the use of that slogan.
There are a lot of people that you can call in the phone book who can help you with a lot of things you can’t do for yourself. There are a lot of people in the phone book who you can call just to feel connected to another.
But, there’s someone in the Bible who you can call who can anchor your storm, making sure your rope is strong. Somebody who can teach you to fish for men and women. Somebody who can lift the load of guilt off the sinning heart. Somebody who will put a sword in your hand when you are fighting temptation. Somebody who can lift you up when you’ve fallen. Somebody who you can call that can give you a death row pardon. Somebody who will set a lamp of forgiveness and reconciliation in the window for you as was done for the prodigal son to come home to. Somebody who can give you spiritual parole so you will be free on the inside. Some one who will calm the storm.
His name is Jesus. His name is Jesus!
And like the phone company says — All you have to do is reach out and touch Him. That is what the unclean woman did. And she was healed. We too can reach out and touch Jesus, and Jesus can reach out and touch us, and He does. Just believe and trust; have the faith. Grab the Lord’s phone book, the Holy Bible. Grab the rope!!
Then take that rope and go into the storm and dance with the Lord. Know that the rope will hold. And know that Christ has the other end and you will not slip. You will NOT fall!