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Wednesday Word: Just to Touch the Hem

January 27, 2021
By Brig Thompson

We are currently going through the book of Mark at FBCMJ and not only do I love the lessons learned from this book, but I really enjoy the way Mark writes with succinct purpose. However, I can’t help but wonder how he could have really described what was occurring in verse 56.

“And wherever he went--into villages, towns or countryside--they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.” Mark 6:56

If that were to happen today, I think I can see the scene from Seinfeld when George Kastanza is knocking senior citizens and children out of the way to run out of an apartment because the smoke detector is going off! Would people be knocking one another out of the way to get to Jesus for their healing? Or would they be helping one another to make it happen for everyone. 

Though Mark does not describe the scene as chaotic, I’m just not sure if that is what we would see now! I like to use these types of thoughts as self-reflection when I can. Would I be knocking other people over or out of the way to get to Jesus for my healing or even the healing of a loved one I was taking to Him? Or would I be helping all to find ways to just get close enough to touch just the hem of His clothing for healing? I would hope I would be in the latter category, I hope we would all be in the latter category. 

Isn’t it that way with knowing Jesus also? Do we have a selfish approach in knowing and appreciating what Jesus has done for us? Or are we trying to share the good news of what Jesus can do for all? Just imagine If we could all truly grasp the concept of simply reaching out just to touch the hem.

Mr. T

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