And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. (Luke 6:19 KJV)
The whole multitude. It might be helpful to remember who was included in the multitude:
The new apostles
A crowd of disciples
A throng of people including:
Those who wanted to hear
Those who needed healing
Those who needed exorcism of unclean spirits.
It was not just a big crowd of people. This was an enormous amount of need. Everyone in the crowd that day (even the hearers) wanted to touch Jesus. The Greek word here is haptomai and means more than just a casual touch. It means to "stick like glue" or to be fastened.
We might understand the disciples wanting to touch Jesus, but even those with unclean spirits wanted to touch Him. Those spirits that plagued them were not able to overcome their desire to fasten themselves to Christ.
The question we must answer is how strong is our desire to touch Jesus and adhere ourselves to Him? Can those around us recognize our "fastening"? How strong is our connection to our Lord?
Today pray that our greatest desire, as well as that of our loved ones, will be to fasten ourselves to Jesus and live as those who are adhered to Him.