Then, they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, “Of a truth thou art the Son of God.” And when they had gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place had knowledge of Him, they sent out into all that country round about and brought to Him all that were diseased; and besought Him that they might only touch the helm of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made perfectly whole.” – Matthew 14:33.
It is amazing how the Bible tells us, up till this time in 2014, that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is important to understand the picture of what the Bible paints here. These people so believed in Jesus that they said to Him: Just sit down and let us touch You. You have a need, and that very important need is salvation. You may have money, name and fame; everything may be going well for you, but if you do not have salvation, you do not have anything. That is why the Bible asks that what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul. At the end of the day, you are going to hell. My prayer for you, dear friend, is that you reach out and touch Him. You may not touch Him physically, but you can touch Him by faith. Though He is not here physically, He is always here by faith. He says “Lo, I am with you always”. Wherever you are, He is right there with you. If you can reach out today and touch Him, that will be the end of your misery, the end of your confusion and doubts and whatever the devil has planned against you.
As many as touched Him were made perfectly whole. You may not be physically sick, but the greatest sickness is the sickness of the soul – when your soul is cut off from God. The Bible says the soul that sinneth shall die. At the Garden of Eden, when Adam sinned, we were cut off from God. When sin cut us off, God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that through His death, burial and resurrection, we can be reconnected back to God. That is why we can now gain mastery and victory over the power of sin and Satan. That is how we can gain total victory over evil and over all the power that hell has released and unleashed against mankind.
How do we do it? We have to reach out by faith to touch Him and call upon His name. The Bible says that as many as call upon His name shall be saved. So, we have a way out. There is hope through Christ. What am I saying? I am saying that it is dangerous if you do not have a personal relationship with Christ. The truth is that it is just by the grace of God that you are still out there without Christ. But you are getting the word of Salvation now. Do not let this opportunity pass without your surrendering totally to Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
“As many as touched Him…” If you reach out by faith, and touch Him, He will touch you back. When you touch Jesus, you will know that you touched Him. It is like touching electricity, you feel the effect. Jesus will give you peace when you touch Him by faith. He will give you joy and He will give you rest. If you are sick in your body, He will heal you. But the most important healing is the healing of the soul. That spiritual healing that would make you to become a child of God. “For as many as received Him, He gave them power to become the sons (and daughters) of God.” – John 1:12
Today is your day of salvation. What I am talking to you through this column is about Christ Jesus; not about church. Through Jesus, you can be saved and you can receive salvation and you can receive forgiveness of sin. Blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven, in whom salvation is given. I tell you, it is the greatest miracle on earth. The miracle of salvation is only through the name of Jesus Christ. This is because it is only Jesus that came to the world without sin. He did not know sin because He was not conceived of man. He was conceived of the Spirit. If He had been conceived of man, the devil would have overcome Him because of sin. But because he was conceived of the Holy Spirit, He came pure from God, just like the first Adam.
Friend, there is hope for us. Is your marriage about to be broken by the forces of darkness? Is your business going down? Is your mind being taken by the devil? Do you sense that evil is going ahead of you? You do not need to go to any native doctor or spiritualist. You do not need to burn candles or incense or kill animals,. Those things are a waste of time and lies of the enemy to further compound your problems. Satan does not have the ability to do anything that is good. Even if he gives you, he takes it back. If he gives one, he would take three. So, you do not need to go to the devil for anything through any native doctor or spiritualist. You can know Christ wherever you are. And then be a different person. All you need to do is confess your sins, repent and God will forgive you. God hates sin, but understands that you cannot help yourself. No matter how hard you have tried on your own, you still do not have the ability without Jesus. From the scriptures, we have seen that help has come – if you can touch Him. As many as touched Him were made perfectly whole. If you give your life fully to Christ, I promise you perfect wholeness – in your spirit, soul and body. Then, it begins to affect your whole life – your business, your marriage.
The Bible says you shall be saved with your household. It is a total package of restoration, deliverance, salvation, but basically and most importantly, salvation. It is all about the love of God that is beyond comprehension.
Friend, do not turn your ears away from the word of God. This is the most important subject in life. If you have given your life to Christ, I implore you to stand with me for millions of people who have not. We are trusting God for a great harvest, a great in-flow of souls from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Our task is to depopulate hell and populate heaven.
If you make up your mind now to accept Jesus, then say this prayer: Lord Jesus, be merciful unto me, a sinner. I have read Your word and I have come by faith to touch You. I believe in my heart that You died for me. I confess Your Lordship. Come into my life. Be my Lord, be my Saviour. From this moment, I say yes to You and I say no to the devil. Amen.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You because Your word is true; for as many as have touched you, You have made whole. I thank you because they are made whole, and they are spiritually and physically restored back to God to work as one in the name of Jesus. I rebuke the powers of hell, and I rebuke you Satan: Loose these people and let them go to serve the God of Israel in the name of Jesus. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, you are becoming a Christian. There are three things I always say to new believers:
1. Get yourself a Bible and begin to study it, starting with the Gospel according to John.
2. Pray in the name of Jesus.
3. Look for a good Bible-believing church where Jesus is preached in spirit and in truth as Lord and Saviour, go and worship God there and you will be blessed.
NB: First published March 2014