"And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole."
A couple of things strike me here. One, how amazing it must have been to be around Christ. All these people healed... as many as touched him. And so many miraculous things came about in his presence. No wonder people would just leave their lives in the dust to follow him... everything was different with him. Little of the rest of it mattered.
The other thing that strikes me is that it is similar to the brazen serpent (Numbers 21:8-9). In that case, all you had to do was look. Here, all you had to do was touch. But you still wonder... how many didn't? How many couldn't believe enough to look or touch, and thus died, or continued in sickness?
I think we have the same opportunities today. We can still follow Christ with that same determination not to let anything else keep us from him. Still, little else matters. And still, we can be healed by looking to him, by reaching out to him. It is still amazing to hang out with Christ, even when it is less tactile. Today, let's make the small effort that it takes to turn to God and be made whole.