SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2011-01-30: "The Seven Touches Of Jesus"

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          Pastor John Lyons was installed as associate pastor at his new church Sunday afternoon at 3 pm. I shall never forget his remarks to the crowd,

"This is the most loving bunch of people I've ever seen!"

John was released early from his Eastside Church where he has invested so much physical and emotional effort the past fourteen years. His early release from this thankless bunch of religious country clubbers was interpreted as a firing. Pastor John had planned to stay until the end of November. The church leader wanted pastor John to feel the sting of rejection.

          That made his new position as associate pastor of Living Word Church in Hermitage all the sweeter. While typing this article, I make a typo and called it the "Loving Word Church of Hermitage." Actually, that pretty well describes the difference between pastor John's previous place of service and his new one. We had a campfire song we sang in the sixties and seventies,

"They'll know we are Christians by our love. . ."

          Our culture suffers from what I refer to as "touch deprivation." The more fancy our electronic Gee-whiz stuff, the more alienated we become. This electronic isolation is profound. Years ago, a certain telephone company had a line,

          “Reach out and touch someone.”

We are far beyond a simple phone call today. Since 1995 there are cell phones. texting, twittering, tweeting, blogging, Facebook-ing and on and on. The back wash of all of this gadgetry is that we've forgotten how to carry on simple face-to-face conversations with one another.

          Communication was no problem for Jesus He simple spoke to people about their most basic needs and He touched them. This sermon explore seven encounters of Jesus with people who needed Him. he touched them all.    


End with 60's Gospel Song, "He touched me"

January 30, 2011

Sheepfold Ministries, Pastor Phil Roland



"We are a touch deprived society. We can't touch each other, and subsequently do not believe that God can touch us either. We need the gentle touch of Jesus."                                                                  Pastor Phil  <><<


Matthew 15:17-20 (NIV)
"Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.'  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what make a man 'unclean'; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him 'unclean.'"



            A. The Levitical Law of Uncleanness

                 (163 Things or Types of Persons that are Unclean)

                        1. Hogs and Pigs were unclean

                        2. Snakes and fish w/o skin were unclean

                        3. People with diseases of all kind were unclean

                                    a. Leprosy

                                    b. Deformity

                        4. People with certain bodily functions were unclean

            B. General Uncleanness - Leviticus 5:2-3; Leviticus 11
               "Or if a person touches any unclean thing, whether it is the carcass of an

                unclean beast, or the carcass of unclean livestock, or the carcass of

                unclean creeping things, and he is unaware of it, he also shall be

                unclean and guilty. Or if he touches human uncleanness--whatever

                uncleanness with which a man may be defiled, and he is unaware of it--

                when he realizes it, then he shall be guilty."

            C. Unclean Woman with the Issue of Blood - Luke 8:43-44

                "Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent

                 all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any,

                came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And

                immediately her flow of blood stopped."

                        1. Jesus wasn't Unclean

                        2. The Diseased Woman was Unclean

                        3. He didn't touch her, she touched Him

                        4. He felt virtue leave Him, His power went into her

            D. If you still don't understand Touching and Defilement

                        1. Why did Jesus break the OT laws of Uncleanness

                        2. He Touched you, didn't He?



"Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean."  Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him,



"I am willing; be cleansed." As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed."

          A. Four Defilements of Leprosy

                        1. Leprosy (Sin) can get under your skin

                        2. Leprosy (Sin) can numb your senses

                        3. Leprosy (Sin) can make you an outcast

                        4. Leprosy (Sin) can deform you

            B.  Prayers that Slander Jesus - "If You are willing" -”If it be thy will”

            C. One thing God is NOT willing for – 2 Peter 3:9

               “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,

                 but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but

                 that all should come to repentance."

            D. Four things Jesus did to heal the leper:

                        1. He empathized with him, feeling and using His emotions

                        2. He actually touched him, breaking Levitical Taboo

                        3. He willed to have him healed; He was willing to heal him

                        4. He spoke through faith the healing into existence



"Now when Jesus had come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them."

            A. Jesus Touch Calmed the Woman's Fever

                        1. He calmed stormy waters on Sea of Galilee

                        2. He spoke to storms in Life and they Calmed

            B. His Touch Banished All Infection

            C. Jesus Administered a Holy Spirit Pro-Biotic

                        1. His Healing Touched Calmed her Fever Instantly

                        2. Strengthened and Healed her Immune System

            D. She arose and Prepared a Meal



"When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and

saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house,

the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able

to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying,

"According to your faith let it be to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus

sternly warned them, saying, "See that no one knows it."

            A. Consider Blindness

                        1. No sunrise. . .No sunset. . .No Spring flowers

                        2. Never gazed at a mother’s face

            B. Desired relief from the burden of physical blindness

                        1. What about your Spiritual Blindness?

                        2. Helen Keller Quote when asked,

                          “Isn’t it terrible to be Blind?”

                          “Better to be blind and see with your heart than to have two                                         good eyes and see nothing.”



            C. Jesus Touches them, but asks for their Faith

                        1. Their eyes are opened

                        2. Light illumines their Lives



"Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid." When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only."

            A. The Touch of Jesus Banishes Fear

                        1. Fear? Terrified is more like it

                        2. Wouldn't you be from hearing the Thundering Voice of God?

            B. Fear has Torment - 1 John 4:19,20

                "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear

                  involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

                  We love Him because He first loved us."

                        1. Love cast out Fear

                        2. Jesus is Incarnate Love



31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly."




"And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all."




The Touch of the Master's Hand

Myra Brooks Welch

It was battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
Hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.
"What am I bid, good people", he cried,
"Who starts the bidding for me?"
"One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?"
"Two dollars, who makes it three?"
"Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three",

But, No,
From the room far back a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet,
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said "What now am I bid for this old violin?"
As he held it aloft with its' bow.
"One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?"
"Two thousand, Who makes it three?"
"Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone", said he.

The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
"We just don't understand."
"What changed its' worth?"
Swift came the reply.
"The Touch of the Masters Hand."

And many a man with life out of tune,
All battered with bourbon and gin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin.
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Master's Hand.

"The Master's Hand" was written by Myra Brooks Welch. She was called "The poet with the singing soul." Hers' was a very musical family. As a young woman, Myra's special love was playing the organ.

        In 1921, she heard a speaker address a group of students. She said she became filled with light, and "Touch of the Master's Hand wrote itself in 30 minutes!" She sent it anonymously to her church news bulletin. She felt it was a gift from God, and didn't need her name on it. It's popularity spread like magic.






Shackled by a heavy burden,

'Neath a load of guilt and shame

Then the Hand of Jesus touched me,

And now I am no longer the same.



He touched me,

Ohh, He touched me,

And O the joy that floods my soul;

Something happened

     and now I know,

He touched me and made me whole!


Since I met this blessed Savior,

Since He cleansed

     and made me whole,

I will never cease to praise Him

I'll shout it while eternity rolls!



He touched me,

Ohh, He touched me,

And O the joy that floods my soul;

Something happened

     and now I know,

He touched me and made me whole!