Thankful For His Touch

By Anne Graham Lotz   •   November 11, 2012   •   Topics: ,

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As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, I am praising God for who He is and what He has done this past year. Ironically, one of the highlights occurred when I went through major surgery that required six days in the hospital. During that time, my two daughters tag-teamed so that one of them was with me 24/7.  My predominant memory of that time is not the pain, or the tubes, or the needles, but the loving way Morrow and Rachel-Ruth cared for me.

I. His Touch Clarifies
Read Matthew 9:27-31 and 20:29-34.

  • List the similarities between the two stories.
  • List the differences between the two stories.
  • Why do you think Jesus questioned the men in both stories?
  • What are some reasons that a blind person would not want to see?
  • What do you need clarity about concerning: Your marriage? Your family? Your job or career? Your church? His truth?
  • If you need clarity, what are some lessons you can learn from the men in these stories?
  • How do the following verses confirm His touch that clarifies: Psalm 119:18, Luke 24:27-49, James 1:5?

II. His Touch Cleanses  
Read Matthew 8:1-3.

  • Describe leprosy as you understand it.
  • Since Jesus could have healed the man with just a word, why do you think He touched him?
  • How long do you think it had been since the leper had felt a human touch? See Leviticus 13:45-46.
  • What could the physical disease of leprosy represent spiritually? Read Psalm 38:3, 51:2; Isaiah 6:5-7.
  • How do we receive His healing touch that cleanses? See 1 John 1:7-9, Acts 2:36-38, Hebrews 9:23-28.
  • When did you receive His touch that cleanses? If you can’t remember a specific time, how can you be sure you are cleansed?

III. His Touch Changes
Read Matthew 8:14-15.

  • Describe the difference His touch made.
  • Did Peter or his mother-in-law ask Jesus to heal her? (See also Luke 4:38-39.) What does this mean to you?
  • What changes can Jesus make in a person’s life? Read Mark 5:35-42; Luke 5:17-26; John 1:12, 3:16, 5:25; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
  • What change in your life do you think is beyond Jesus’ ability or power to bring about?

IV. His Touch Calms 
Read Matthew 17:1-8.

  • What were the disciples afraid of?  How was their fear similar to the Israelites in Exodus 20:18-19?
  • What difference did His personal touch make to Peter, James and John in Matthew 17:1-7? To the woman in Mark 5:25-34?
  • How does Hebrews explain this difference in 12:18-24? 10:19-22?
  • What does Jesus promise in John 14:27? 16:33?
  • What are you afraid of?  Who are you afraid of?  Why?  Would you ask Jesus for His touch that calms the fearful heart?

V. His Touch Cares  

  • Describe the scene in Luke 18:15-17.
  • Read Luke 14:7-14. While it’s obvious that Jesus cared about and loved little children, who also could they represent?
  • Give phrases from the following verses that indicate Jesus touched people because He cared about them: Matthew 9:35-36, 14:13-14, 15:29-38, 20:34; Mark 1:40-42.
  • Who do you need to touch in Jesus’ name?  See 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.

VI. His Touch Commissions  

  • Describe John’s circumstances when Jesus touched him in Revelation 1:9-18.
  • What was John commissioned to do?  Read Revelation 1:19.
  • Describe Saul’s circumstances when he also was touched. See Acts 9:1-19.
  • What was Saul, who became Paul, commissioned to do in Acts 26:15-18?
  • Describe Mary Magdalene’s circumstances in John 20:1-17 when she was embraced by the Risen Lord.
  • What was Mary commissioned to do in John 20:17-18?
  • What are your present circumstances?

If Jesus has touched you in any way, you’ve been commissioned.  What is your commission? Put Matthew 28:18-20 in your own words, as it relates to your own life.

Who do you know who needs a fresh touch from Jesus? Someone who needs His clarity, His cleansing, His change, His calm, and/or His care?  This Thanksgiving, would you thank Him for His touch in your life by obeying His commission, and extending His touch to someone else?  ©2012 Anne Graham Lotz

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