Posted by Murray Smith

“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Luke 8:45

Last Saturday afternoon the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban was the scene for an unmanageable, crowd that decided to take matters into their own hands when Amakhosi lost 2-0 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Semi-final. Crowds tend to gain their own momentum depending on their mood. Crowds are notoriously fickle as it is easy to hide in the crowd and simply go with the flow or do what everyone is doing.

Crowds back in the days of Jesus’ earthly sojourn were no different as they could get fanatically fired up for all the wrong reasons, especially when the self-righteous in the crowds found a victim on which to vent their anger. Jesus tended not to be too impressed by large crowds, but rather focused on individuals within the crowds who he knew had specific needs. Someone was in the crowd that day that had been written off by the masses, she was a nobody, pushed out onto the periphery of society, labelled as unclean because of an illness of twelve years which had the medical profession stumped. She had spent all her cash on doctors.  Perhaps you can identify with something of her predicament …

  • Has life unfairly labelled you?
  • Has life depleted your resources?
  • Has life been rough on your relationships?

Crowds of people were pressing into Jesus that day, but the woman was desperate enough to reach out and touch the edge of Jesus’ robe. This was an extremely courageous move which could have incited the men in the crowd to self-righteous violence which would have made last Saturday’s Moses Mabhida’s unruly crowd look mild. Mob justice could have prevailed.

Crowds can be hostile or indifferent and many people on that day would have touched Jesus, but apparently none with the heart attitude of the woman that day. In response to her, Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!” Luke 8:48 (Message). Perhaps today it’s time for us to reach out to Jesus and trust Him for change. What are you waiting for?

Prayer: Father, thank you for your Presence with us today. Jesus, you are here to heal and make whole, to offer us abundant life. Give us the courage to put our pride aside and reach out to you in faith.