When they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. When the people who lived in that place recognized him, they sent word throughout that whole region, and they brought to him everyone who was sick. Then they begged him that they might just touch the edge of his clothes. Everyone who touched him was cured (Matthew 14:34-36, Common English Bible).
Imagine a physician, say a specialist in Gastroenterology, who seems to find a positive solution for all her patients. She has great skills. She loves her work and her patients. And, her patients love her.
Her skills and bedside manor result in remarkable numbers of patients who come her way. If you have stomach and digestive issues, she is the doctor you want in your corner. One of the other results can be, this doctor has little time for much of anything else. The demand for her skills is all consuming.
Such was the case for Jesus, the great physician. At the beginning of this chapter Jesus and the disciples sought alone time. They wanted to process the loss of a dear friend for the disciples and a beloved cousin of Jesus. Whenever we lose someone close, we all need time to process. We need time to grieve.
The crowds didn’t give Jesus and the twelve the opportunity. So, Jesus and the disciples went to the other side of the sea. The crowds followed. That resulted first in Jesus teaching and then in the feeding of the 5000.
After dinner, Jesus sends the twelve back across the sea. A storm blows in and Jesus comes toward their boat walking on the water. He rescues Peter, enters the boat, calms the sea and he and the disciples go on to Gennesaret. There, Jesus found that the crowds once again had followed him.
But, the crowds grew even more. People Jesus healed and those who watched him heal were so impressed they spread the word. People needing healing came from everywhere. As I was reading the story, the thought came to me that either Jesus was overwhelmed by the number of people who came or the people who came became impatient waiting their turn.
I can’t imagine being so desperate as to think, “If only I can touch my doctor, I will be healed.” That is what the folks started thinking. And, they were right! The lesson tells us that everyone who touched Jesus was cured.
Wouldn’t our hypothetical physician love to be able to stand there, allow people to touch her and then find healing. The real truth is, the touch of any physician would never do all that. What is really needed isn’t the knowledge of a doctor, but to touch the king!
How has Jesus healed you?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Peace,
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