Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Touched by the Light

October 15: Matthew 8 & Luke 4 & 5

And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Mark 5:24b-34

Touched by the Light

You have had a disease for twelve years; all of your money has been spent on doctors, but to no avail. Not only did they not know what the real problem was, but they did not have a clue as to how to arrest, much less cure, the disease. Then, you heard of a man, claiming to be the Son of God, who heals diseases. Did you go to Him? Yes, you went to Him, but the crowds were so large you had to work your way gradually just to get near Him. Finally, you were there, but He was engaged in a conversation with someone else; so, you touched His garment, and suddenly your disease was gone! Yes, you knew then that this Man was truly the Son of God, the Messiah that was to come. You were touched by the Light, and your disease was gone.

As we read through these many passages that tell of Jesus' works among the people of that day, we marvel again and again at the faith of the common person. Yet, all the while, the rulers of the Jews became more and more hardened against Him. Why? Look at the healing He did and the dead He raised to life. How could they miss the fact that here was their promised Messiah? Quite simply, they were not touched by the Light.

Is it any different today? People will not be ruled by God; they desire complete freedom to live and do as they please. Does such freedom really exist? No, it does not. All people are either slaves to sin or slaves to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Slavery to sin only leads to misery, death, and destruction, but slavery to God leads to peace, life, and eternal joy with Christ in heaven. Things may seem more complicated than that, but truly the only difference is, "Who is your ruler, Christ or Satan?".

Have you been touched by the Light?

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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