“[They] begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well” (Matt. 14:36, NKJV, bold emphasis mine).
“And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all” (Luke 6:19, NKJV, bold emphasis mine).
Jesus was so charged with the power of God that He didn’t even need to put His attention specifically on a person for healing to flow. With just one touch from someone behind Him, power transfer happened. Even when He wasn’t seeking someone out to heal them, countless individuals received desperately needed restoration just by reaching out for a split second of physical contact with Him. The crowds picked up on this, and scrambled to get close enough to benefit.
Holy Spirit pointed out to me that the power flowing through these contacts parallels that of an electric circuit. I imagine you’ve watched a light bulb light up when someone completed the circuit by touching a wire to a battery. When a circuit is complete, electricity can flow and provide power to the many apparatuses that make our lives more comfortable. In the same way, touch completes a circuit that allows spiritual power to flow.
God knew He made the world this way. For this reason, He warned Adam not to even touch the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:3). Touch is an incredibly effective conductor, both for evil and for good. (Although malignant forces can also be transmitted by touch, God’s power is overwhelmingly superior).
I once unwittingly completed an electric circuit with my body by touching a cheaply made extension cord in the wrong place. The force that went through me was so overwhelming that I was gasping for air afterwards, crying, and aware that I might easily have been dead. As a result, I am uber careful now when it comes to electrical cords and outlets.
This principle also carries over into the spiritual realm. Just as we treat electricity with great respect and care, we want to do the same with the power of God. Understanding this, Paul cautioned Timothy not to be hasty with the laying on of hands. This is because the apostle understood just how much power can be released in this way.
By the same token, I am by no means going to stop using electricity out of fear that I might be electrocuted. Neither am I going to shy away from seeking to be a conduit of the power of God. My brothers and sisters, let’s hunger for His glory to be channeled through our lives!
Daddy God passionately desires for us to understand how ready He is to flow in life-changing ways through our touch. When we read about the spiritual gift that Timothy received through the laying on of Paul’s hands, let’s allow that to light a fire in our spirit! (2 Tim. 1:6). When we absorb the truth from the book of Acts that the Spirit can be given to others by the laying on of hands, let’s let that cause us to hunger to see it happen in our lives! (Acts 8:18).
Let’s allow Jesus’ example to stir us up too today! Think about it. Living as a man, He was filled unceasingly by the Holy Spirit. As a result, even his clothes were permeated with ever-accessible power. His very presence emanated healing. I want to live like that too!
Father, fill us to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit! Use our touch to bring life to those around us! Let us so overflow with Your nearness that even our physical proximity transmits the power of Your presence! Through our hands and through our hearts, let Your Kingdom come!!