An excerpt from “Reaching for Healing”:
So what happens when people come into physical contact with Jesus? Well, when the woman touches Jesus he turns round to see who touched him. The crowd is pressing in all round him, yet he notices a woman touch the tip of a tassel on the hem of his garment. Luke’s account tells us why, when Jesus says:
Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me. (Luke 8:46)
Power emanated from Jesus. It flowed from him. Luke says of a previous time:
All the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all. (Luke 6:19)
Every time someone touched Jesus in faith, or he touched them with compassion, there was a flow of power from the heart of God. In contrast to the leper’s touch, which was thought to bring death, Jesus’ touch brought life, and so can the touch of his followers.
What sign did Jesus say would accompany those who believed in him? It was this: “… they will lay their hands on the sick and they will recover” (Mark 16:18). If you have put your trust in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, accepting his death on the cross as payment for your sin and determining to follow him, then you are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:18–20): a physical dwelling place for God. Jesus, therefore, is present in you by his Spirit. The implications of that are huge…