Mark 6:56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.
When I am reading my bible, I try to place myself into the context of what I am reading, especially when I am reading the gospels. When I “see” Jesus moving and ministering, whether it be to an individual or amongst the multitudes, I am particularly overwhelmed by what happens whenever He touched them, or they touched Him by faith.
In our journey through the gospel of Mark, we have come to the place where multitudes of sick people were brought to Jesus, and as many as touched the border or hem of His garment were made whole. Put yourself in that scenario. You are in the grip and pain of some sickness, you touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, and you are immediately healed!
Luke 6:19 tells us that virtue, or it could read power, healing power, emanated from Jesus to those who touched Him. In Matthew 8, a series of physical healings are recorded, and The Holy Spirit tells us that it was in fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4,5: “Surely he hath borne our griefs (diseases, sicknesses), and carried our sorrows (pain, suffering): yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded (pierced) for our transgressions, he was bruised (crushed) for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes (wounds, scourging) we are healed.”
These physical healings were recorded in the context of the “Great Atonement Chapter”. Jesus did these healings before He went to the cross. Praise God for His atoning sacrifice for all of our sins and transgressions! The greatest need of every sinner is the personal experience of the saving grace and love of God when we call out to Jesus to forgive us of our sin. But as sure as Jesus will save your soul from the debt and slavery to sin today if you call upon His Name, I believe that when you “touch Him’ by prayer with your pains, your sicknesses, your sufferings and your diseases, He will touch you in a most remarkable way, for the Scriptures declare that before the cross, on the cross and after the cross, by His stripes, we are healed. Selah.