Mk.5:30 – Jesus knew at once that someone had touched him, for he felt the power that always surged around him had passed through him for someone to be healed. He turned and spoke to the crowd, saying, “Who touched my clothes?”
Recently there was an unprecedented power failure in Texas. Millions of folks living in Texas found themselves in the cold without power for several days. It was quite a disturbing situation and frustrating because of the natural resources available in the state of Texas. I am not going to pretend that I understand what happened in Texas but it made me think about the untapped power, the power of God, that is literally all around us. In today’s passage of scripture Jesus was passing through a crowd and only one person in that crowd experienced the blessing of the powerful anointing on the Lord’s life. The power of God was on Him but only one “touched Him”. His power is endless and His presence is everywhere. Why was only this one woman effected? Jesus said it was because of the touch of faith. Here are some interesting comments from the Passion Notes.
“This is a literal reading of a unique phrase in Greek construction. It could be translated “the power that keeps going out of him went out from him.” There was a glorious power that kept going out around Jesus Christ, drawing others to him and healing those he touched, and in this case, healing a woman who touched him in faith. Jesus knew that the power of God was always emanating around him, yet it had flowed through him to someone in the crowd.”
Today, the power and presence of the Lord is flowing out from Him. His power is literally everywhere but is only on display when faith makes contact with Him. Just like the power problem in Texas, there was no lack of power, the gas was still in the ground to power the electrical generators. Contact had been lost because of frozen gas lines. I wonder if there is a message here for us? Maybe its not that there is no power available to change our world, maybe many of us have lost contact to the power source. Like the woman with the flow of blood in the story we must touch Jesus by faith. In one moment everything can change with the touch of God.