Meridian Star

June 1, 2013

From the Shepherd’s heart

By Dr. John A. Temple / guest columnist
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" — Luke 8:45 (NKJV)

Many say, “I don’t pray about insignificant things. I don’t think the Lord wants to be bothered with trivial things.” Such a statement sounds like Jesus doesn’t concern himself with everything in our lives. I disagree with that outlook.

    Jesus asked in Luke 8:45, “Who touched me?” When Jesus asked this question, everyone was touching him. There was an important ruler of the synagogue who had a very ill daughter. With the importance of the synagogue leader and the desperate need of his daughter, everyone was encouraging Jesus to focus on the needs of the community leader.

    Instead, Jesus is focused on some imperceptible touch that He has felt that no one else even noticed. The touch came from a woman we will never know. The only fact we know is that she had a long-term need and sought Jesus’ help.

    Several points can be made about when Jesus helps:

    1. We must admit we have a need for help. Many want to solve their own problems. Those who think they can solve the problem without help don’t ask anyone to join in their need.

    2. We must believe Jesus is the solution. If we see Jesus as incapable of making a difference, we will not bother to approach Him. When we doubt His ability, we will move to another solution.

    3. We must believe Jesus cares. If we think we are not as important as others or that our problem is not as significant, we could easily think Jesus would ignore us. If we were sure of Jesus’ love for us, we would be quick to tell Him where life is threatening us.

    4. We must believe that now is the best time to reach out for help. Many want to wait and see what happens next. Others hope for a more opportune time. This may have been her first time near Jesus. It may have been her last time near Jesus. She made it her best time with Jesus

    5. We must assume that all we need to do is reach out for help. She didn’t feel it necessary to prove her worth or reflect on her need. She didn’t review her godly service, or seek to win His approval. She just privately wanted to touch Jesus and believe her answer rested in that touch.

    Immediately, the woman’s need was met. Jesus celebrated the faith she had placed in Him. Instead of being a bother, the woman learned how much Jesus cared. Maybe next time, she wouldn’t wait 12 years to seek Him out.

    Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www.