“…your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
– Luke 8:48
Today we are continuing in the series titled The Healer’s Touch. Here in Part 4, we will look at the question Christ asked of those around him and the answers given him, and what it means for us. Remember, in this series we are looking at this event, the healing of the bleeding woman found in Luke 8, and pulling back the layers. Our goal is to see beyond the physical event of this women’s healing, and think on the great spiritual truths on display in this moment.
Here are the other parts in the series if you need to get caught up.
Now, lets get into Part 4.
The Question & Two Answers
Who was it that touched me? – Luke 8:45
It was a very simple question that Jesus asked, however the answers given and the reactions of the people around him carry some great truths for us to think on. Lets take them one at a time.
…they all denied it. – Luke 8:45
Even though they were all touching him, as Peter says, why did they all deny it? One reason that I believe we can see here is that those who are around Christ, yet still unbelievers, refused to be connected with Christ.
…everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 10:32-33
So what are some reasons that people who are all over Christ, end up denying him? I think two of the primary reasons are persecutions and unmet expectations that we have placed on God that he never promised to fulfill.
We see both of these commented on in the parable of the sower explained from Matthew 13:20-22
As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. – Matthew 13:20-22
Lets look at these two a little more from scripture.
Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives. – Luke 21:10-19
Those that are the Lord’s will overcome, and will have the words to say, and the perseverance to endure even when put to death.
Cares of the world:
What are the cares of the world? Money, success, positions, fame, prestige, etc. Basically the lust of the flesh, eyes and the pride of life.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. – 1 John 2:15-17
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. – Revelation 3:17-18
There is nothing wrong with having things. The problem is when those things are what we want more than God. To desire the blessings of things, rather the One who is the giver of the blessing.
These are the reasons people will deny Christ. It basically boils down to the fact that they never saw Christ as more valuable than the things of the world, including their own life.
And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. – Luke 8:47
She could not remain hidden. What an interesting way of saying it. The truth we see here is that salvation always brings about public confession. True salvation always becomes public and declares the work of God in our lives.
Let’s look at some examples of this from scripture:
Isaiah – Encountered God – Sent
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go… – Isaiah 6:1-9
Moses – Encountered God – Sent
Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” – Exodus 3:10-12
Disciples – Lived with Christ – Sent
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
Paul – Encountered Christ – Sent
So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened.
For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ. – Acts 9:17-22
Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.
So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went down to the seaport of Seleucia and then sailed for the island of Cyprus. – Acts 13:1-4
From what we see in scripture, and modeled by this women in Luke 8, is that a transforming encounter with God will produce a life sent confessing the encounter.
The question you have to ask yourself, is am I living a life of confessing the Healer’s touch in my life? If the answer is no, it may be worth asking yourself if you have been touched by the healer, or are you a member of the crowd denying Him?