To Touch Jesus
I have been transfixed by this picture of Jesus since I found it in my parents basement a couple of years ago. As you can see, there’s absolutely nothing flashy about it, but nevertheless I have it on my desk so I can look at it any time I like.
The photo is decoupaged onto a piece of wood. It’s definitely a 60’s or 70’s piece of work; at least I remember Mom decoupaging a lot of stuff in the 1970’s.
What do you see in the picture while examining it? Take a sec – I’ll wait, and then tell you what I see.
I see an action shot. I see teaching. I see active listening. I see nature. I see sun rays on the path. I see the three men walking together (one foot off the ground and a walking stick). I see Jesus pointing to the Father. I see a desire to learn more.
If you can, zoom in on the guy closest to Jesus. See his hand reaching out toward Jesus’ back? This. This is what I love. This disciple is so actively engaged and excited to hear what Jesus is saying, his arm reaches toward him almost touching him! I want to be there so bad… I wish I was physically with Jesus when he was on earth. I’d be reaching toward him to touch him too!
Grab a Bible (if you don’t have one, write me and I’ll get you one) and read the red print in the gospel of Matthew – these are Jesus’ words. When I read the red print, I feel this reaching toward Jesus in excitement too! Jesus teaches us the most important things he taught his disciples through the red print in the gospels.
Jesus is with us, walking with us, reaching out to us, touching us. We can reach back, and actively engage in his teachings. Learning and following His Word is the only way to get to know him.
Matthew 14:35-36 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Luke 6:18b-19 Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
Psalm 18:16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
Psalm 57:10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Psalm 119:48 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.
Matthew 8:3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
Matthew 14:28-33 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
Acts 17:26-27 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
John 20:26-28 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Luke 8:42b-8 As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
I’ve added supplemental reading books on my new page Recommended Books Library for books that I refer to on Radiantly Broken, and additional books I like. In the Library, there is a New International Version Study Bible that I use. You can purchase books from the Library page link below (it links to books on Amazon). I will add new books each week. Seriously, if you need a Bible, just reach out and I will send you one!
God Bless, Darci