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THE SAVING TOUCH

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles,
Lord’s Day Evening, December 4, 2011

“When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?” (Mark 5:27-31).


I believe that God can heal the sick today. I have seen people healed in answer to prayer. But the main reason for accounts of healing, like the one of this woman, is to show that Jesus can heal us spiritually. We have seen people with various kinds of spiritual diseases healed by coming in contact with Jesus. It is my prayer that someone here tonight will push through the crowd, reach out by faith, touch the edge of Christ’s robe and immediately be saved from the disease of sin. We can learn several things from the healing of this woman.

I. First, the uncommonness of the touch.

Notice that there was a great crowd of people pressing around Jesus as He walked. Luke’s Gospel tells us,

“Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?” (Luke 8:45).

The multitude thronged Jesus, touching Him on every side. But only the woman touched Him by faith – and she was the only one in that great crowd that was saved! Jesus told us that very few people will be saved. He said,

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”
       (Matthew 7:13-14).

Jesus said, “Few there be that find it.” Only this woman came to Jesus, and she was the only one saved in that great crowd.

Do not assume that you will be saved if you keep hearing sermons. Do not take for granted that you will be saved some day. I greatly fear that you will remain lost. I greatly fear that you will go on in a state of sin, never feeling any guilt, never having tears of conviction, never feeling your need for Jesus to pardon your sin – until at last, in a moment, you die and fall into the pit of Hell,

“Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched”
       (Mark 9:48).

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night” (Revelation 14:11).

Dr. John R. Rice said,

      The smoke of their torment continues to rise day after day, forever and ever. If that were all, one might hope that after a sinner had been consumed with the fires of Hell and had ceased to be, the smoke should go on up and up and higher up forever. But the rest of the verse makes it clear that sinners continue to suffer there forever, for it says: “And they have no rest day nor night”! Sinners remain in Hell day after day and night after night. The night brings no rest from the torture of the day, and the dawn of a new day after a night of horror only promises more torment to those in that restless place, those who rejected Christ and would not have His mercy!
      This is the kind of Hell that Jesus talked about when He said, “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” I do not know all that this Scripture means. I know that in this present world all the aches and pains of [the] body are caused by sin. The infections of germs, the plagues of parasites which infest the human body, the decay of cancer – all these are the result of sin. They could not have happened to a perfect Adam in the garden of Eden. It may well be that a thousand such unspeakable horrors of bodily suffering await the sinner in Hell beyond the resurrection of the unsaved dead and the last judgment day. When Jesus said, “Their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched,” He certainly meant continuous suffering (John R. Rice, D.D., Hell: What the Bible Says About It, Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1945, page 17).

Come to Christ now before it is too late.

II. Second, the person who was touched.

It was the Lord Jesus Christ that she touched. It was not God the Father. It was not the Holy Spirit. It was Jesus Christ Himself that she touched. I say to you tonight that if you only touch His garment you will be saved. The slightest touch of Jesus will bring you instant salvation. No matter what sin you have committed, He will heal you.

Jesus is the God-man, the Second Person of the Trinity. He came down from Heaven to live among us, to suffer for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, to die on the Cross to pay the penalty for our sins, to shed His holy Blood so our every sin could be cleansed, to heal us from the dreadful effects of original sin, to give us life from the dead!

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17).

“It Took a Miracle.” Sing it!

It took a miracle to put the stars in place,
   It took a miracle to hang the world in space;
But when He saved my soul, Cleansed and made me whole,
   It took a miracle of love and grace!
(“It Took a Miracle” by John W. Peterson, 1921-2006).

III. Third, the way He was touched.

We cannot touch Jesus physically today, because He is now ascended, seated at the right hand of God the Father. But you can still touch Jesus by faith. When you do He will give you virtue that will heal your soul and cleanse you from all sin. This “touch” is spiritual. When you touch Jesus by faith you are saved. Jesus spoke to the woman, after she was healed. He said,

“Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague” (Mark 5:34).

“Touching” Jesus means the same as looking to Him. The woman had to look to Him or she would not have touched Him. Indeed, the woman had to trust Him, or she would not have touched Him. Her trust in Jesus was made clear when she said,

“If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole” (Mark 5:28).

Trusting Jesus is the same as coming to Him. Indeed, the woman could not have touched Him if she had not come to Him.

“When she had heard of Jesus, [she] came in the press behind...” (Mark 5:27).

She had to come to Him to touch Him. Will you touch Jesus tonight? Will you look to Jesus tonight? Will you trust Jesus tonight? Will you come to Jesus tonight?

I remember the wonderful day when Jesus saved me. Suddenly, in one moment, I touched Him, I trusted Him, I came to Him. I looked to Him. It happened in a single moment. Jesus was there for me. I looked to Him, trusted Him, touched Him, and came to Him by faith. In that moment the miracle of conversion took place, and I was saved! “It Took a Miracle.” Sing it!

It took a miracle to put the stars in place,
   It took a miracle to hang the world in space;
But when He saved my soul, Cleansed and made me whole,
   It took a miracle of love and grace!

When the woman touched Jesus He said,

“Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me” (Luke 8:46).

The Greek word translated “virtue” is “dunamis.” We get the English word “dynamite” from that Greek word. It means “power” and “strength” (Strong). The power and strength of God came forth from Jesus, and united her to Him as soon as she touched His garment. Spurgeon said,

Do you not see that when the woman’s fingers touched Christ’s garment there was established at once a connection between the two, along which the divine virtue flashed? I will not illustrate this by electricity, for such [an illustration] will suggest itself to you; but the fact is that faith sets up a contact between the sinner and Christ, and through this the healing virtue comes to us (C. H. Spurgeon, “The Touch,” The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Pilgrim Publications, 1973 reprint, volume 28, p. 45).

When you put yourself in Christ’s hands He will save you from sin. Luther said, “I will have nothing to do with saving myself. Jesus Christ is the Saviour: I leave my soul wholly in His hands.” When you come to Jesus, and trust Him, and depend on Him, you will be saved from sin in a moment of time!

(END OF SERMON)
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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Mark 5:24-34.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
“It Took a Miracle” (by John W. Peterson, 1921-2006).


THE OUTLINE OF

THE SAVING TOUCH

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?” (Mark 5:27-31).

I.   First, the uncommonness of the touch, Luke 8:45; Matthew 7:13-14;
Mark 9:48; Revelation 14:11.

II.  Second, the person who was touched, John 3:17.

III. Third, the way He was touched, Mark 5:34, 28; 27, Luke 8:46.