When you read these words, can you feel with your spirit how inviting they are?
We humans are body, soul, and spirit (1 Thess. 5:23). These three parts of us are inseparable until the spirit leaves the body at death. As a result, when someone touches our body, they are also making contact with our soul and our spirit. This is a big reason why physical touch is so powerful, both for good and for evil.
Do you remember the thrill that went through your whole being at the slightest touch during young love? And does that same person’s touch yet now bring calm to your soul after a stormy day? It’s because the touch of their hand connects them to you in a way that goes beyond your skin.
Let’s contemplate this Scripture now, keeping this truth in mind. Jesus said to His friends, “Touch me…” How personal and intimate is that?
He was inviting them in close. He wanted to give them the reassurance that He knew comes powerfully through loving physical contact.
That’s who He is. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Even though we cannot currently touch Him with our physical fingers, we now get something even more intimate: His Spirit inside of our bodies. All day long, every day, for the rest of our lives, we get to drink in Spirit-to-spirit contact. We are one with Him in spirit forevermore (1 Cor. 6:17). In this way, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, can pour very real comfort and assurance into the depths of our being when we need it most.
Such communion with Him that is now ours! Do you hear Him inviting you? “Touch Me…”
How do these truths tie into the biblical practice of the laying on of hands? What do you think?