Dr. Paul Brand has spent many years in medical work among lepers. In his book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, he writes:
[Jesus] reached out His hand and touched the eyes of the blind, the skin of the person with leprosy, and the legs of the cripple…. I have sometimes wondered why Jesus so frequently touched the people He healed, many of whom must have been unattractive, obviously diseased, unsanitary, smelly. With His power, He easily could have waved a magic wand…. But He chose not to. Jesus’ mission was not chiefly a crusade against disease…but rather a ministry to individual people, some of whom happened to have disease. He wanted those people, one by one, to feel His love and warmth and His full identification with them. Jesus knew He could not readily demonstrate love to a crowd, for love usually involves touching.
Isn’t that powerful?
Jesus frequently touched the people He healed.
There’s something inside me when I read this that wants to touch people like Jesus did.
Love usually involves touching.
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