Thoughts on the Meaning of Life… Todd Helmkamp

The Power of Touch

Posted by Vogeler on January 2, 2008

I receive a daily email from the Institute for Creation Research.   This is a devotional email, usually topical in nature.  Today’s devotional was titled, “Jesus Touched Them.”  The author makes the point that Jesus could and did heal from a distance or with just a word (as with the centurion’s servant), but often physically touched those who were sick or disabled.  In that culture, those who were sick, especially with certain types of skin diseases, were considered spiritually, socially, and physically unclean, so for Jesus to touch them as He healed them puts His love and compassion for them in a whole new light!!

I often think about the power of touch.  Gorillas often groom each other.  Nothing means more to me than when my wife curls up beside me as she drifts off to sleep (of course, that could be because I’m warm!).  I wonder how much we lose as we slowly drift away from each other?

Don’t get me wrong; I am not a touchy-feely person.  If I don’t know you very well, don’t even think about touching me.  But I think we use touch as a way to affirm “You are part of my group.  You are special to me, and I feel a sense of closeness with you.”

In that light, Jesus touching the “untouchable” is even more profound.

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