THE MIDAS TOUCH & CHRIST’S TOUCH

 

As we notice and discover the most privileged nations, have become so materialistic, and pleasure-loving that they act in all aspects, as if God’s existence, meant nothing to them…God gave a man a mind, but unfortunately, man is using it against God’s existence. And today, even more than ever, man invents more diabolical weapons to annihilate his fellowman!

 

THE MIDAS TOUCH: 

An Old Fable says: That a King named MIDAS kept praying to his gods to grant him a certain gift that everything he touches turn into gold. The story says that his request was granted. The king was so happy to be the richest man over the face of the earth. He spent long hours touching everything changing all things to gold until he made hills of gold in his palace and stores.

 

Finally, when he felt hungry and thirsty, the king touched the bread and immediately it became gold and when he touched a cup of water it changed to gold. The king panicked and lost his mind.

 

The story ended up with a tragedy that king Midas died hungry and thirsty among his mountains of gold, which could not benefit him!

 

Although, this story is not real, but it has a real significance. Dale Carnegie  says that the four richest millionaires in the world some of them spent his last days in a mental hospital and the others committed suicide! Jesus said, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” (Matt. 16:26). Also, the rich, man in Lazarus’ story, who was clothed in purple and lived a luxurious life, went to hell and complained of severe eternal thirst (Lk. (16:19). Many people who neglected their salvation because they were busy in investing money, lost their money when banks got bankrupt and stock market crashed!

 

THE TOUCHES  OF CHRIST: 

On the contrary, the Lord Jesus Christ has His wonderful touches that give life, healing, blessing and power.

1.          The touch of life:

      The daughter of Jairus died and Jesus took her by the hand and raised her      (Mark 5:41). Also, the only son of the widow of Nain died and was carried out to the tomb, but the Lord Jesus had compassion on her and touched the open coffin and said, young man, I say to you arise And he who was dead sat up and began to speak”(Luke 7). Praise the Lord, by His touches He gave life and turned funerals into great joy.

Yes Christ gives more than the physical life; He offers spiritual and eternal life. The Bible tells us that the sinner is dead as in parable of the prodigal son, “My son was dead and now is alive, he was lost and now is found”(Luke 15:24). Jesus said, “Let the dead bury their dead” (Matt. 8:22). (You have a name that you are alive, but you are dead” (Rev.3:1). Thanks be to Jesus who granted us life and said, “The hour is coming and now is, when the dead hear the voice of the Son of God: and those who hear will live” (Jon 5:25). Through His living word and Spirit, He touches the hearts of the sinners and gives them life and life abundantly (Jn. 10:10).

 

2.          The touch of healing:

The four gospels are full of the miracles of Christ’s healing touches. He touched the leper and healed him (Matt. 8:3); He also touched the hand of Peter’s mother in law and healed her from her fever (Matt. 9:20).

 

It is written that, “Thy brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well” (Matt. 14:35,36) see also (Luke 22:51).

 

God said, in the Old Testament, “I am the Lord who heals you” (Exod. 15:26, and prophesied, “To you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2). And in the New Testament we can see clearly, the fulfillment of these prophecies in Christ, the Incarnate God, who healed by His touch the souls and bodies of great multitudes.

 

3.          The touch of blessing:

Jesus touched the children and blessed them (Matt. 19: 13-15). He also touched the five loaves and two fish and blessed them and could feed more than 10,000 people (Matt. 14-17 and 15:22, John 6: 1-15). The Midas touch looked for a moment as a blessing, but in fact it was a curse and led to death; but the touches of Christ are always full of blessings, joy, peace and satisfaction. The psalmist says, “In Your presence is fullness of joy”>

 

4.          The touch of creation:

The Lord Jesus created new eyes to the born blind man (John 9) see also Mark 7:33-35). He also created thousands of loaves and fish and created wine out of the water (Jn.2). But the greatest of that all, is creating a new heart and a clean heart and a new creation from every sinner who believes in Him (Psalm 5:10, and 2nd Cor. 5:17).

 

5.          The touch of power:

Both Prophet Daniel and St. John experienced Christ’s touch of power. St. John the beloved when he saw a glimpse of the glory of His divinity, he fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on him and strengthened him (Rev. 1:17, Dan. 8:18, 10:10). When the bleeding woman touched Him, He said, “Who touched Me, because Power came out from Me” (Lk 8:46).

 

Did you experience these blessed touches, and healing touches of Christ? You can touch Him by faith, through daily prayers, studying His word, serving Him and communion.

 

Elen Saleh