Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 28, 2015

John 14

The agony of The Passion was approaching.  Jesus was comforting his disciples ahead of the suffering he would endure and the pain of emptiness they would experience. The scriptural quotes are from the King James translation.

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A friend, Ralph C. Hammond—who passed away in December of 2010 at age 94—once told me, referring to the 14th Chapter of John, “…if that’s all I had of The Bible, it would be all that I need.” Ralph had a storied life as a WWII war correspondent, a press secretary for Alabama’s governor, and president of the Alabama Writer’s Conclave and State Poetry Society, then Poet Laureate of Alabama, to name a few of his literary achievements—yet he singled out this chapter as enough for his faith, if nothing else was available.

Looking at the chapter, the reader is immediately struck by the wonderful words, “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in Me.”

In Chapter 13, John reports that Jesus had washed his disciples’ feet, teaching them about humility. He was also preparing them for His coming crucifixion and giving them a new commandment: that they love one another. Much had been happening in a short period of time and the disciples were confused. They’d heard Jesus say that one of them would betray him, they’d seen their Master acting as a servant and Judas Iscariot had left. Jesus had also said that Peter would deny him three times before the rooster crowed in the morning.

Now was the moment when Jesus comforted them and showed them the way to The Father. He told them that he was going to The Father and prepare the way for them to join him. He told them, And whither I go, ye know the way.”

Yes they did. They knew Him. I can imagine a loving smile on his face when Thomas spoke. “Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; how know we the way?”

The Lord then used Thomas’ question to teach them even more.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

When another disciple, Philip, asks to be shown The Father, Jesus’ words are loving and mildly reproving.

“Jesus saith unto him, ‘Have I been so long time with you, and dost thou not know me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; how sayest thou, Show us the Father?’ Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”

Look closely, Jesus has now definitively identified himself as one with God The Father. None of the other three (synoptic) Gospels report this declaration. In fact, Biblical scholars estimate that 90% of John’s Gospel is unique.

Consider the opening words of John’s Gospel: “1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2.The same was in the beginning with God.

3.All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

4.In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5.And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

And then:

         14.And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Lets go back about seven hundred years earlier—to the prophesy of Isaiah:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Next, in John, Chapter 14, Jesus promises the Wonderful Counselor, in Verse 16 and again in 26:

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Now, in the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, we see the Wonderful Counselor (the Holy Spirit) and the Everlasting Father present in the person of Jesus.

The next verse, 27,  in John completes the Trinity.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Jesus was and is the Prince of Peace.

In many ways my friend Ralph was right. All that a Christian requires is in Chapter 14 of the Gospel of John.

 

 

 

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 24, 2015

A Song for Four Soloists and Choir

This song, again, has no melody—except in my head.  Until now, the only people who’ve seen are my wife, Marge and my son, Mike.

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First voice:

He restored my sight.

Now I can see His face,

He healed me with His mighty love,

Now I’m living in His grace.

Chorus:

Christ is our healer; his grace is the key.

He bought our redemption on dark Calvary.

He opened my eyes so that I could see

Glimpses of glory, in eternity.

Second voice:

He told me to stand,

Take up my bed and walk.

Now I’ll follow Him with my every step

And He will lead me home.

Chorus:

Christ is our healer; his grace is the key.

He bought our redemption on dark Calvary.

He gave my legs strength to walk by his side

And now my way’s clear, for he is my guide.

 

Third voice:

He set my soul free;

I was possessed by demons

Of sin and fear,

But His voice drove them from me.

Chorus:

Christ is our healer; his grace is the key.

He bought our redemption on dark Calvary.

He spoke and his power restored my soul,

His love has freed me and now I am whole.

Fourth voice:

He brought me to life,

Called on me to live again,

For I was dead and cold in the grip of sin

When His touch awakened me.

Chorus:

Christ is our healer; his grace is the key.

He bought our redemption on dark Calvary.

He gives us life to live with Him

Wrapped in his love for eternity.

 

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 22, 2015

Thomas The Good Student

I’ve posted this before, but it seems appropriate as Easter approaches.

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Think back to a time when you were in school, or the last time you were in a class of any type. There were probably moments when something the teacher said or did made you want to ask a question, but you may have held back for fear that someone else in the class would think you’d asked a dumb question.

Remember what a relief you felt when one of the other students stuck up a hand and asked, “Teacher…?”

Yeah, you remember that. And you can be sure that there were probably several other students in the group who had the same question and felt the same relief that you did.

Jesus was, and is, the master teacher. The twelve Disciples can be considered his first and closest students. Some of his students finally did ask the questions that I feel sure the others wanted to ask themselves.

Let’s consider Thomas. We don’t know very much about him, except that he has been given the dubious title of “Doubting.” Lets look closely at how Jesus used Thomas’ outspoken questions and how He even used his doubts to teach. Through these, Jesus taught his disciples and through the Gospels, he teaches us.

I have an affinity for Thomas. I may have just been that student who impetuously stuck up his hand to ask the question that none of the others would voice. I have often been that student who would ask the “dumb question,” and, I feel sure that other students were waiting eagerly for the answer.

When, in John 14, Jesus said:

“Do not your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Then Thomas stuck up his hand.

“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” he said.

Thomas, like probably some of the other Disciples, took Jesus’ words as describing a physical trip, as to Bethany or Jerusalem. Some of the others were probably saying—silently—to themselves, “Whew, good for you, Thomas. I’m glad to have you ask that question rather than me! I didn’t understand either.”

Jesus must have smiled at Thomas, knowing the thoughts of the other disciples, and I picture Him as looking around at all of them with deep love as he told them, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” and, “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well”

Jesus, the master teacher, used Thomas’ question as a way to teach the disciples—and you those of us who read His Word—that, if you want to know the way to The Father, here it is: “I am the way…” John has recorded the words “I am…” said by Jesus as the words that signify the oneness of Jesus with God The Father. These words, remember, are the words God spoke to Moses from the burning bush when Moses asked who he should tell the Israelites had sent him to them when they asked, “What is his name?” God answered Moses’ question with, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” The Jewish religious leaders were incensed at Jesus’ use of the phrase, “I am,” since it linked Him directly to the almighty.

He told Philip, in John 14:9: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”

That was a part of the same conversation when Thomas asked his famous question about where Jesus was going.

Thomas was a strong and loyal Disciple. At one point when Jesus told his Disciples that he was going to the home of Lazarus, who had been sick and died; they knew that He was walking into danger. Thomas’ grim but faithful statement to the other disciples was, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” These are the words and of a man who truly loved and believed in Jesus.

In the scene that has forever laid the title, “doubting” on him, Thomas probably stood mentally where some of the Disciples had been before they had seen Jesus themselves. We aren’t told why Thomas wasn’t with the other ten Disciples when Jesus appeared to them on earlier occasions, but they had surely told him excitedly over and over that He had risen.

It is easy for us to understand why Thomas doubted the others. He had seen His Lord had brutally humiliated and crucified. The structure of his faith had been shattered. Like students in classes every class, Thomas had not listened closely enough. Jesus had told them of his impending death and the reasons for it. Thomas, along with the others, had run away and left Jesus in Gethsemane, but he had watched the scenes of The Passion and the crucifixion play out from a distance, and obviously knew what the physical wounds had been on Jesus’ body.

The defining moment that tagged Thomas with the “doubting” label came when Jesus had been crucified and had risen.   The Gospel of John tells us that:

“Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’”

Thomas, still in anguish over the loss of his Lord and the destruction of the very fabric of his faith, probably wished and hoped that they were right, but told them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” We can imagine that those words were spoken through the awful pain of loss.

We also aren’t told what happened during the next week, but I have to wonder if the other Disciples tried again and again to convince Thomas that the Lord had truly risen.

A stubborn, hurt man; Thomas—probably with a hollow pain inside him—mourned his Lord. He didn’t, however, desert the others. He was with them in a locked room when Jesus came to them and said, “Peace be with you!”

Imagine the flooding of relief and the glory of hope restored that must have swept through Thomas. Imagine also, the awful, sinking feeling of shame and embarrassment that he had not believed what the other disciples had told him. At this point, Thomas didn’t have to actually touch Jesus to believe, but when Jesus told him to “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

His answer was the answer that Jesus wanted him to finally say and understand, “My Lord and my God!”

We can only speculate what would have happened if Peter, or one of the other Disciples had not seen Jesus and was in the place of Thomas. Peter, who had denied Christ three times, may have been stronger. We don’t know. But we can be sure that Thomas was probably not alone in his doubts before he had seen Jesus for himself.

Thomas, through his stubborn doubting, gave us the chance to know the words of the Master Teacher that echo down the centuries.

“Because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus used the doubts of a strong, loyal Disciple to tell those of us who, in time, are so far away from the days when He was physically on earth, that we are blessed when we believe in Him although we have not physically seen Him.

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 19, 2015

It’s That Time of Year Again

This piece was, as the page shows, published in Cast Magazine.  I simply scanned the page.  I like the artwork and what they did with the Dylan Thomas Quote.cast_jonquil

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 16, 2015

More Song Lyrics

I note that I’ve not published every day as I’d hoped. Today’s offering is the third (final) verse of a song titled Trust Me.

Much of the imagery comes from Psalm 23. This has never been performed in public, but the first two verses were performed, several years ago, before my Mother passed away, and dedicated to her and my Father. This verse came quite a bit later.

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When my courage falters, I listen for His voice,

knowing He will comfort and protect.

Then when I hear him speak, my joy overflows,

for He restores my soul and cares for me.

“Trust Me,” He says,

“Be not afraid.  I am your shepherd, have faith in Me

and follow, though shadows darken the way.

Trust me, just trust me, he says.”

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Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 12, 2015

Five Loaves, Two Fish

I have posted this essay before, but I think the story, and its message, bear repeating.

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Only a few instances exist in which all four of the Gospels tell the same story. Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels because they are so aligned that often, they use the same words. The Gospel of John is different. John often reports incidents that the other three Gospels do not. One of the incidents that all four report is the feeding of the five thousand.

The miracle of the five loaves and two fishes is reported in Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-14.

Jesus and his Disciples had just learned that John the Baptist had been beheaded. They went across Lake Galilee to be alone. But, the people had anticipated their travel and when they arrived they found a huge crowd waiting for them.

After healing the sick and teaching about the Kingdom of God, the time had come that the people should eat. The Disciples came to Jesus and asked that he send the multitude away so that they could go into the countryside and buy food. They said, “… this place is like a desert.”

Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” [Luke 9:13]

The Disciples, of course, began to come up with all the reasons that it was impossible for them to feed the huge crowd. They talked about the cost and finally Jesus asked them what they had to give.

John is the only one that reports the source of the food. In John 6: 8 “Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the disciples. He spoke up and said, 9. “There is a boy here who has five small loaves of barley bread and two fish. But what good is that with all these people?”

All the other Gospels just mention that the tiny amount of food was available to feed the crowd. Only John says a boy had the food.

You know the rest of the story: after blessing the food, Jesus broke the bread and divided the fish and everyone was fed and there were twelve baskets of leftovers.

The Disciples were, once more, being taught lessons. First, they were given what appeared to be an impossible task. “You give them something to eat.”

Their reaction was natural. They could not do it. Notice the word, “they.” It wasn’t feasible for them to meet the needs of such a massive crowd. It was not, of course, impossible for Jesus. With Him, anything was, and is, possible.

Think about the boy John mentions. Why did he have the food with him? Was he the only person present who had enough foresight to pack a lunch?

The Disciples must’ve gone through the crowd asking if anyone had food with them. When the boy came forward, it was a generous gesture. He could have hidden his cache of food away and eaten it himself, but he chose to answer the call.

He could have said, “What I have is too little to make a difference.” Yes, and he would’ve been right if he’d tried to do it alone.

He didn’t. He placed all that he had in the hands of Jesus and The Lord made it more than enough.

When Christians are called upon to do tasks that appear impossible, they can follow the example of the unnamed boy. They can put all that they have in the hands of Christ and He will make the offering more than enough.

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 10, 2015

Pascal’s Quote And An Essay

I didn’t write this essay,  and can’t remember where I found it.  I did keep it, though.  It’s a fine sermonette on man’s relationship with God.

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“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus”

Blaise Pascal

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The God-Shaped Vacuum

“His [God’s] purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist.”

Years ago Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) insightfully said, “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”

This is true and vital but I would dare to suggest that it doesn’t present the entire picture for as there is a God-shaped vacuum (or cup as I like to put it) within the heart of all of us, there is also a people-shaped cup. And while our God-shaped cup needs to be filled with the love of God, our people-shaped cup needs to be filled with the love of people.

If either one of these cups is empty life can feel void and meaningless. And then we seek to fill the void within and deaden the pain of our empty lives with things, endless activities, seeking approval, super-busyness, illicit sex, alcohol, drugs and stuff, stuff, and more stuff and, at least here in the West, we are left longing in the midst of a land of plenty.

The fact is that God has created us for relationships both with himself and each other. It has been rightfully said that 80 percent of life’s satisfaction comes from the quality of our relationships. Without loving relationships we limp along in the shadows of life and will most likely die long before our time. While it may not be desirable, we can live without romantic love but we cannot live healthily without healthy loving relationships with at least one or two—and preferably more—other persons.

Furthermore, without a meaningful relationship with God, there is a deep sense of spiritual emptiness of the soul. When God created mankind, he created us with the capacity to communicate with him, to be connected to him in spirit. The tragedy is that when sin entered the human race, we were separated or disconnected from God. But because God loved us he sent his Son, Jesus, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for all our sins so we could be reconnected to God and then, through Jesus, get our God-cup or vacuum filled.

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 8, 2015

A New Song

I wrote these lyrics several years ago, but his song has never been sung, except inside my head.  I “hear” the music but cannot write it down.  It comes, of course, from the 14th Chapter of John.

One day, I’ll collaborate with someone who can write down the music.  For now, these are the lyrics. The title is, The Way, The Truth and The Life.

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Adrift and alone, like on a trackless sea,

Without a Polar star to guide me home.

When storm clouds threaten on every side,

The voice of Jesus came across the years,

cutting through the gloom like brightest light.

I am the way, He said, come follow me.

I am the truth, He said, hear my voice.

I am the life, He said.

Follow me, I am the way.

Images and voices pound my eyes and ears,

Clashing in sounds both sweet and hard,

Doubt and confusion storm through the air.

What or who should I now believe?

Through all the noise, the words of Jesus come,

Calming the tumult like he calmed the waves.

I am the truth, He said, hear my voice.

Be at peace, don’t be afraid—listen to Me.

I am the truth, your unmoving point.

I am the way, the truth and the life.

I’ve heard His voice and I will follow.

His grace and love have rescued me.

He promised life with him forever,

In his Father’s house of many, many rooms.

I am the way, He said, come follow me.

I am the truth, He said, hear my voice.

I am the life, He said, come live with me

In my Father’s home throughout eternity.

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 6, 2015

Thoughts on Prayer

As I wrote, be taking up some of the slack since Mike Drinkard decided to pause in his posting of hymn lyrics on Facebook.  This is a meditation from a year or so ago.

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“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” Kierkegaard.

The Danish Christian philosopher, theologian and author lived from 1813-1855. The brilliant idea quoted above did not, however, take the thought to a specific conclusion regarding Christians’ prayers.
Let’s take Kirkegaard’s concept and apply it to the prayer Christ taught us.  In the New International Version of the Bible, we’ll look at Matthew’s account of Jesus’ teachings about prayer.
In Chapter 6, verse 8, Jesus tells his disciples, “…your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”  This is a clear illustration of what Kierkegaard meant. Why, then do Christians need to pray, if God already knows what they need? Because of the change prayer works in the nature of the one who prays.
In Matthew 6, verses 9-13, Jesus is teaching his disciples how to pray. We’ll examine the prayer section by section and apply Kierkegaard’s concept.
Verse 9: “This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,”
The person in prayer is acknowledging the omnipotence and holiness of the Father and by a sincere understanding of the glory of the Father, that individual is coming closer to God.  In the original Aramaic, according to one interpretation, the verse says, “Our Eternal Creator, parent to us all.” We can only address God as “Father” because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Verse 10: “…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
A Christian in prayer whose mind and soul are tuned to communion with the Father will realize that the Kingdom of God is fulfilled when His will is done without pause or question. The one praying will be changed to more completely follow the teachings of Jesus, to live within the will of God. If we pray for the Kingdom of God to come, our awareness that we must be ready to welcome His coming will be infused in our consciousness.
Verse 11: “Give us today our daily bread.”
How does this change the soul of the one in prayer? The prayer for fulfillment highlights a realization that all that we have, on a daily basis, comes from God.  He knows our needs already, but wants us to continually realize that our sustenance comes only from Him and He is the giver of every good and perfect gift and his love takes care of us.
Verse 12: “Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors.”
For some, if not all of us, this is the hardest part of the prayer to honestly pray.  Jesus was quite specific about this element of his template for a Christian’s prayer. It is easy to ask for one’s own forgiveness while holding an unforgiving grudge against another. But the words of Jesus, which came directly after his teachings about prayer, are clear and powerful.
Matthew 6, Verses 14-15: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, you Father will not forgive your sins.”
These words form a clear, unambiguous warning about forgiveness. Christians need to heed the injunction and look deeply inside to find forgiveness of others.  This, then, is another way in which Jesus’ prayer changes the nature of the one praying.
The final section of the model prayer says, in Matthew 6, Verse 13:
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
These words are the conclusion of the prayer. The statements many remember as coming after this, do not appear in most modern translations as the words of Jesus. They were probably added as a doxology, an additional prayer of praise, by the early Church.
For the praying Christian, speaking to the Lord about strengthening against temptation should be a vivid reminder to stay far away from situations that could lead to violations of His will.  Then, with only the smallest of pauses, follows a plea for protection. When a Christian asks God to shield them against the evil one in the same breath as praying for help in avoiding temptation, in some ways, the concept is the same. Remember, the evil one often referred to as “the tempter.”
The prayer Jesus taught his disciples was not a prayer for rote repetition. What He taught was how we should pray, not what the exact words of our prayers should be. Christ was specific about the hypocrisy of those who are only mouthing memorized formulas.
Prayer must be genuine and come from deep within the soul of a Christian to alter the nature of the person speaking to Our Father.  God knows our needs before we ask Him; it is we who benefit from prayer that puts us closer to His presence.

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | March 4, 2015

Meditation for March 4, 2015, The Hem of His Garment

Since my son, Michael, has paused in posting old hymn lyrics, I’ll post a few essays that I call “Meditations.”  You may also find song lyrics here, from time to time.

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In one of the most powerful stories of faith and healing, Matthew, Mark and Luke tell the story of a woman who, as Mark writes:

“… was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 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 5:25-29

Jesus was and is the Great Teacher. He used this situation, and this woman’s faith, to teach His followers and all those around him a number of lessons. Remember that Jesus was Jewish and was observant of Jewish traditions. This fact is clearly illustrated a number of times in the scriptures, including a fact quite important to this story.

The woman, whose name is not recorded in the Gospels, would have been unclean according to Jewish law as spelled out in Leviticus 15:25-27. Also, anyone she touched would have been unclean and would have had to be ritually cleansed.

The fact that she touched Jesus in her unclean condition would have drawn strong condemnation from the priests. But remember that Jesus said that He had not come to destroy the laws but to fulfill them. He didn’t criticize her for touching him. Instead, He told her: “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

The cloak that Jesus wore is important; it was, in accordance with Jewish law and tradition, called a tallit. It was the long cloak Jewish men wore when they went out in public. On the four corners of the tallit were tassels that were a part of the commandment of God to Moses in Numbers 15:37-41. There was more to the story, however, the tassels on the tallit were sometimes called “wings” and biblical scholars point to Malachi 4:2 “…the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.” as a prophesy of Jesus and the healing power experienced by this woman as well as others.

When the woman touched the tassel on Jesus’ cloak it wasn’t just that it was handy. These tassels, called, in Hebrew, tzitziyot, represented obedience to God. They represented holiness.

Jesus was moving through the thick crowds on the way to the house of Jarius one of the rulers of the synagogue. Jarius had come to Jesus and implored Him to heal his daughter.

“Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with Him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’ So Jesus went with him.” Mark 5:22-24

So Jesus was on His way, with an important man, for a vital purpose. The fact that He stopped when the woman touched his garment tells us something else: no person’s needs are unimportant to Him. This was another example of the lessons to Jesus’ followers. When the sick woman’s fingertips contacted the tassel on Jesus’ cloak, He felt her faith through that light touch.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’” Mark 5:30

The disciples were astonished that he asked the question since they were in the midst of jostling crowds pushing and shoving all around them. To them it was if everyone was touching all of them—after all, they were on the way to the house of an important man and probably everyone anticipated that Jesus would heal the man’s daughter.

The woman was desperate, and had heard about Jesus and His healing power. When she found Him, she must have knelt to touch his cloak. In times when we despair and have almost lost hope, and nothing that mankind can do to help us, we can remember what she did. She knelt before Him and reached out to touch him in faith and her faith in Jesus healed her.

Taking action by reaching out in humility, while knowing our own helplessness, is the first part of the formula. Having faith in the healing power of the Lord is the other part. No matter how unclean a person has been, no matter how hopeless, reaching out in faith to Him is the answer to healing.

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