34 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, 36 and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well. — Matthew 14:34-36.
The passage before us, gives a brief summary of the last full day that the Lord found favor with the crowds of Galilee. It also signaled the end of Jesus’ Galilean ministry that lasted about two years. When he refused to be their earthly king, they lost interest and deserted him (John 6:66). After the feeding of the 5000+ Jesus visited Phoenicia, Decapolis, Caesarea-Philippi, Judea and Perea.
The crowds were looking for physical healing. They recognized Jesus because of his ability to satisfy them physically. As many as touched the hem of his garment were made perfectly well. Jesus came to offer spiritual satisfaction. We tend to miss this point even today. May we recognize Jesus for Who He is — the healer of sin-sick souls. May we, “by touching the hem of His garment” be made perfectly well.
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (see John 10:10).