I don’t know about you; all this hand washing and sanitizing is making my hands so rough and dry, they are starting to crack.
Who would have ever thought we would be living like this? Human touch is essential. We all crave to be touched. Many times, it may be as small as a handshake, or a pat on the back. A “high-five” among teammates or friends brings encouragement. Who couldn’t use a hug when emotionally distressed?
Now we are being told to stay six feet apart. That makes it a little hard to stay connected. Hospital and nursing home visits are just about nonexistent. This is depressing. To have a loved one go it alone when they need you the most is heartbreaking.
Many of us have resorted to FaceTime and Zoom. It seems to be the best we can do, but it doesn’t compare to human touch.
Leprosy was a dreaded disease. It was not only the disease but what one had to endure: Isolation from one’s own family and friends, being quarantined outside the social world, and having to call out “Unclean!” when anyone came near, for the leper was untouchable.
Yet we see Jesus: “When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matthew 8:1-3)
Jesus touched the untouchables and healed them — I believe it was instantaneous! He didn’t just heal the leper’s body, but His touch restored the former leper to his family, friends, and loved ones; no more an outcast; lonely and unclean.
Today, Jesus still touches the outcast, the despondent, the unclean, those who are rejected, lost, broken, or sick; and He fills them with His Spirit.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear…” (Isaiah 59:1)
No one has gone so far that God cannot hear, reach, touch, and fill them with His Spirit. Doesn’t that make you want to call on Him right now? Then you will be clean (but you might want to wash your hands for your neighbors’ sake.)