The Power Of His Touch

 

We will be looking at many scriptures today concerning both the touch of God and the laying on of hands. As I meditated in prayer about this word many old memories came rushing back to my mind. Before I became enlightened as a born again Christian I studied and participated in many pagan and new age practices. The notion of laying on of hands is common place in the pagan realm. Satan always tries to imitate the truth of God’s power. I know many people in the new age world that have used the laying on of hands for healing purposes. Funny how those same people do not believe people like Benny Hinn or so many other charismatic evangelists when they lay hands on people.

 

Before I go any further with this message will you please pray with me?

 

Father God we come before your throne humbly in the name of Jesus. The Bible declares that there is no other name by which we can be saved. All power and authority in heaven and earth has been given unto Jesus. First and foremost Lord please forgive me for all my sins both known and unknown. I surrender all to you Lord. Use me for your glory. Mold me and make me into the image of your son, my savior Jesus Christ. Thank you Father God for your never ending love and mercy. Thank you Lord Jesus for coming into my heart and remaining within me, never to leave me or forsake me. I am yours dear Lord. Joyfully proclaiming your name. Now Holy Spirit anoint this message that I might become more aware of your power which dwells within me in order to fulfill your perfect plan for my life and bring you all the glory. In Jesus’ holy and blessed name I pray; Amen

 

            The first thing I want us to look at is the biblical account of what we know as “laying on of hands.” In the book of Numbers, The 8th chapter, 10th verse we read how the Levites were first consecrated as priests. “ And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites: 11.  And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD.”

        Now as we turn to the new Testament we find in the 1st chapter of Revelation how we are made priests: “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

            The practice of laying on of hands was also used to pass on a blessing as well as to pass on authority. Moses laid his hands on Joshua in Number 27:18 and gave him charge of the people of Israel. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

19. And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

            So we can see how this idea of laying on of hands is not anything new, yet the real point that I want to make in all of this does not come clear until we get into the life and word of Jesus Christ Himself.

            On of my favorite passages of scripture is Mark 10:13 and 14 which reads;

People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (KJV)

            Today I will turn 43 years old. No matter how old I get I still want to keep that feeling of a child in the arms of Jesus. Can you remember being held by someone and feeling so much love and peace that it stayed with you long after the person had gone away? Have you ever felt the touch of God in your life? I know that we can not rely upon our feeling for faith but I sure do like to feel the presence of the living God in my life.

            Let’s think about just the human touch for a moment. From the time a child is brought into this world feeling the touch of another human is essential for healthy growth. I remember being taught about an experiment where they took two monkeys, one they kept with its mother who held it and feed it and cared for it. The other was raised in a laboratory with no contact. It was well feed and cared for yet it turned aggressive and became sick and died. We need to be touched. We need to be held. We need one another for our physical, emotional and spiritual well being. If human touch can bring about such a dramatic change in our life think about the touch of God.

            In researching this message I tried to find the first time God touched a man in the Bible. Now He could have touched Adam and eve when He walked with them in the cool of the day. He could have touched Abraham when He sat in his tent and told him he was going to be a father in his old age. Yet I believe that the first recorded instance of God coming in actual physical contact with another person is when Jacob wrestled with God and his name was changed to Israel. I personally do not believe that Jacob was having a knock down drag out wrestling match with God. Think about it, do you actually believe that anyone would stand a chance against the creator of the, well, everything? I don’t think so! But have your ever laid awake at night wresting over some situation in your life. I think that is the type of wrestling that Jacob was doing. How about you? Have you been wrestling with God lately? When God touched Jacob not only was his name changed but his entire life was changed. The entire nation of Israel as well as the Christian world came through that touch of God. Yes Jacob had to pay a price. He walked with a limp for the rest of his life yet he never doubted God. And it is that faith in God that brings about the changes in our lives that benefit not only us but generations to come.

            Many things in this world can touch us. We can be emotionally touched by a piece of music. We can enjoy a touch of spice in our foods. Or we could be a little touched in our minds at a time or two. Then again we can also be touched by disease. Even the sound of the word disease id disheartening. If you take it apart it tells you the problem and may also give us a clue as to the cure. (Dis-ease) The lack of or absence of ease or peace. It is our bodies in confusion. But remember God is not the author of confusion but rather He is our peace in the midst of the storm. He brings us hope and healing. It is so exciting to see time and time again throughout the word of God how Jesus reached out and touched someone and restored them to health. Look first at Peter’s Mother-in-law. Matthew 8:14,15: And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.

 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. (KJV)

            The reality of His compassion for His people is overwhelming. Not only did Jesus heal many people but He did it with a touch. He could have just spoke and the healing would have taken place. In many instances He did just that. But oh so often He healed with His loving touch. Even the lepers who were considered untouchable because of how contagious the disease was. And not only did He do it once but in both Matthew and Luke we read how Jesus reached out in love time and time again and touched those in need with His power from on high.

 (Mat 8:3 KJV)  And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

 

(Mark 1:41 KJV)  And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

 

(Luke 5:13 KJV)  And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

 

(Luke 22:51 KJV)  And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

 

            The power of His touch goes far beyond the physical. We can read about how people would crowd near Him just to touch the hem of His Garment and they would be healed. Reaching out and touching the very fringe of his clothes instantly healed even the woman who had suffered for 12 years. Yes it is true all power and authority has been given unto Jesus and now That very self-same power dwells in you as you invite Him into your heart.

            It is by developing a close relationship with God that you open yourself up and allow His power to flow through you. There is power in His touch. There is love in His touch. There is peace in His touch. In order for His power to flow through us we need to empty ourselves. We need to come to the end of ourselves and let His eternal energy touch our very souls. Jesus said in the 15th chapter of John “I am the vine… Abide in me and I in you…If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.” We need to get His word into our hearts and minds. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. Again Jesus told how His words were spirit and they bring eternal life. If you believe you have eternal life right now. As the word becomes flesh within us we will bear the fruit of the spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.  

God desires to touch you today. He wants you to feel His presence. God has great things in store for you. Your life is to be filled with His power and you will bring forth glory to the name of Jesus.

            As the Levites served in the temple and Joshua lead the people of Israel into the promise land you will achieve victory as you go into your world and do great things for the kingdom of God. As the woman and men who were healed by His touch proclaimed His name throughout the land, you will declare to the world the power that is in His touch. As the children ran up to Him to feel his embrace you can turn to Him at any hour of the day or night. He will never turn you away. There is power in His touch and it is available for you today