THE TOUCH THAT SAVES
Jesse M. Hendley
Will you turn with me now to Matthew 9:21, as I speak
to you on the subject, "The Touch That Saves."
"And a woman who had been diseased twelve years with
an issue of blood came behind Him, and she touched the
hem of His garment. For she said within herself, if I
may touch His garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus
turned about, and when He saw her, He said, Daughter,
be of good comfort. Thy faith hath made thee whole.
And the woman was made whole from that hour."
This is a wonderful story, Notice what she said: "If I
may but touch His garment, I shall be whole." You
know, the character in this story is a woman. Women
were not well thought of in Jesus' day. One time Jesus
was talking to a woman at a well, and the disciples
were amazed that Jesus would talk to her. I think that
today women do not realize WHAT JESUS CHRIST MEANS TO
WOMANHOOD. In the days before Jesus came, women were
treated like slaves much of the time. In many places
women were treated like vassals. Women were treated
like common animals. Jesus Christ lifted Woman to the
standard that she knows today. Every woman in America
and in every country where the Gospel has been
preached, everywhere they are treated with decency and
honesty, regarded with appreciation, given privileges-
--every woman ought to bow her head in thanks to the
Christ of God! He lifted womanhood to the level of
respect and courtesy and privilege.
So here we see the Great Creator, the Great God of the
Universe Who holdeth all things together by His power,
taking time to turn to a poor, needy woman and meet
her need! We have here a woman who was terribly
burdened. We read that she was diseased, that she had
been afflicted for twelve long years. Doubtless she
had gone to many a physician, but had received no help
whatever. She sought in vain to be cured of the
disease. I am thinking of the people today who ha ...
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