THE POWER OF HIS TOUCH
Intro: Humans, at least when things are working as they
should, possess 5 senses. These are sight, hearing, taste,
smell and touch. All of them are important to our existence
in and understanding of the world around us. While they are
all important, and I wouldn't want to be without any, the sense
of touch is one that places us into direct contact with our world.
When we touch something, we are becoming intimately
involved with that thing. While I have heard of people losing
some, or all of the other senses, I have never heard of a
person losing their sense of touch. Can you imagine not being
able to touch your world? Can you imagine not being able to
touch those you love? To not to be able to touch them might
be worse that to not be able to see them!
We all touch thousands of things every day of our lives.
Most, we do not even think about. But, there are times when
we reach out and deliberately touch objects because we want
to connect with that object. Our touch might be that of love, of
passion, of tenderness, of compassion, of help, of deliverance
or of curiosity. Our touch could involve many other emotions
and processes that I didn't mention. Often, our touch can
effect change in the objects we touch. Today, I want to talk
about a touch that is far superior to any other human touch. I
want to talk about the touch of Christ, and remind you that His
touch is the touch of God! When He extends His hand into
your life and purposely touches you, He will produces changes
that no other touch can duplicate.
There are several aspects of His touch that I would like to
point out by way of introduction.
1. His Touch Is An Intimate Touch - When Jesus
touched this leper, it demonstrated a desire on His part
to become intimately involved in this man's life!
2. His Touch Is A Powerful Touch - He touches a Simon
and he becomes Peter. He touches a Jacob and the
old trickster becomes Israel, the Prince of God. His
touch transforms Abram into Abraham. His touch
transformed the defeated Elijah into Elijah, The Man of
Good. His touch changed Moses the murderer into
Moses the leader of the people of God. His touch
transformed a nobody named Jeremiah in the Weeping
Prophet of God. His touch changed James and John,
the Sons of Thunder, into and early martyr and the
Apostle of love, respectively. His touch is a powerful
3. His Touch Is A Transforming Touch - Humanity is
mere clay, biding its time between the birth and the
grave with no hope and purpose, until He touches us.
When He does, everything changes!
This morning, I want to spend some time looking at a few
events from the life of Christ that showcase the power of His
touch. I want to show you what He can do for you if you do not
know Him. I want to show you that there is power in the touch
of the Lord Jesus Christ. Go with me for just a few minutes as
we explore that thought: The Power Of His Touch.
TRANSFORMS THE DISEASED
(Ill. The context. Jesus touches and heals Peter's mother-in-law.) (In her condition, she represents those afflicted by the
blight of sin. She was in a useless, hopeless condition, until
she experienced the touch of Jesus upon her life.) (Ill. Rom.
3:23; Isa. 59:2) (Ill. His touch cleanses sin and transforms the
sinner from a wasted to life! Psa. 103:12; 2 Cor. 5:17.)
II. IT TRANSFORMS THE DEAF
(Ill. The context. Here was a man who could not communicate
with anyone. He could not hear nor speak. But, when Jesus
touched him, all that changed!) (Ill. He does the same for lost
sinners as well! Those who saved by God are given the ability
to hear Him clearly and the privilege to speak to Him openly,
1 Cor. 2:14; Heb. 4:16.)
III. IT TRANSFORMS THE DARKENED
(Matt. 9:29; John 9:6)
(Ill. Here is a man born blind at birth. He is miraculously
touched and healed by the touch of the Lord Jesus. Now, he
can see, John 9:25.) (Ill. He opens the spiritual eyes when He
touches our lives, Isa. 42:5-7; 1 Pet. 2:9-10.) (Ill. His children
see things they had never thought about before.)
TRANSFORMS THE DOOMED
(Ill. The context. Jesus touched this leper and delivered him
from a life that was doomed. He was doomed to be ravaged
by his disease and he was doomed to spending a life
separated from other men. Jesus changed all that!) (Ill. In his
condition, he pictures the situation of every lost soul today.
Separated from God now by a gulf of sin and doomed to an
eternity in Hell, 2 Thes. 1:8-9. The lost person also lives each
day enjoying the Lord's blessings, but with no relationship with
God at all. All the while, the wages of sin work themselves out
in the life of the lost person, Rom. 6:23; Pro. 13:15; Gal. 6:7.)
TRANSFORMS THE DEAD
(Ill. The Context. Jesus merely touched the hand of this dead
girl and she lived again! That is the power of His touch!) (Ill.
There is nothing worse than death! It takes with it everything
we have. In the spiritual realm, there is nothing worse than
spiritual death! Yet, it is the condition of every person who is
lost, Eph. 2:1-3. Thank God for the touch of Jesus Christ,
Eph. 2:4-10. Ill. "But", v. 4!
TRANSFORMS THE DECEIVED
(Ill. The context. Malchus was running with the wrong crowd.
He lost his ear and Jesus ministered to Him and healed him for
the glory of God. Ill. There is no indication that Malchus ever
got saved.) (Ill. The compassion of Christ for the need of
Malchus broke down all the barriers that stood between them
and Jesus touched him with a touch of pure, life-changing
grace!) (Ill. That is what He does for all those who are trapped
and deceived in sin. He comes to them and offers them life
within Himself! Matt. 11:28-30; Isa. 55:1-3; John 7:37; Rev.
VII. IT TRANSFORMS THE DISMAYED
(Ill. The Context. The disciples were cowering in fear, but
Jesus touched them and brought courage to them in their
distress!) (Ill. He excels in lifting the fallen and encouraging the
downcast, Ill. 3 Hebrews, Dan. 3; Ill. Daniel in the lion's den -
Dan. 6; Ill. The disciples in the storm, Mark 6:45-51.) (Ill. He
will do the same for you too! - Heb. 13:15; Matt. 28:20!) (Ill. He
knows how to meet your need and bring you out of your
distress, Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14; 1 Cor. 15:57.)
Conc: Can you testify today that you have felt the power of His
touch firsthand in your life? Do you know what He can do?
Or, would you have to say, "Preacher, I really Jesus to
touch me today! I need His powerful touch in my life right
now."? I don't know the kind fo touch you need in your life
today, but I know Who can give it to you! Jesus is His name
and touching lives is His fame. Whether you are lost,
backslidden, burdened, discouraged, or just want to learn to
love Him more, you need His touch. Come get it!