There Is Power in a Touch
|Theme:||Feeling the power of Jesus in our life - Proper 8 (13) Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Yr B|
|Object:||Gather objects that are soft, smooth, rough, bumpy, etc. and put them into a paper bag.|
|Scripture:||When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. Mark 5:27-29 (NIV)|
As you probably know, we have five senses. We use these five senses to give us information about the world around us. For example, if I were to hold up a ball and ask you what it was, you would identify it by using your sense of sight. If I were to ring a bell and ask you what it was, you would identify it was by using your sense of hearing. If I put a flower under your nose and ask you to tell me what it was, you would know what it was by its smell. If I gave you a sip of lemonade, you would know right away what it was because of its taste.
There is one of the five senses that I have not mentioned. Do you know what it is? It is the sense of touch. We are going to play a little game to test our sense of touch. I have a bag that is filled with a lot of different things. Without looking, you must reach in the bag and take one of the objects in your hand. Then you must tell me what you think it is and then take it out of the bag. We will see if you were right.
(After several minutes of allowing the children to identify various objects by touch, continue with the sermon.)
The sense of touch is very important, isn't it? We can often tell what an object is by its size, shape, and texture -- all of which can be learned by using our sense of touch. This morning I want to tell you about a woman who experienced the power of Jesus -- just by touching him.
One day Jesus was walking through a large crowd of people. The people were crowding around so that he could hardly move. There was a woman in the crowd who had a very bad sore that had been bleeding for twelve years. She had been to many doctors, but none had been able to help her. She had heard about Jesus and she believed that he could heal her, but there were so many who were people crowded around him that it seemed hopeless.
The woman thought to herself, "If I could just get close enough to touch his robe, I would be healed." So she pushed through the crowd and reached out and touched Jesus' clothes. Her bleeding stopped immediately and her suffering was ended.
The Bible tells us that as soon as the woman touched him, Jesus felt the power go out of him. He turned to the woman and said, "Your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be free from your suffering."
Won't you reach out to Jesus today? If you will, you too can feel his power in your life today.
Dear Jesus, we long to reach out and touch you and to feel your power in our life. Amen.