UA-115893789-1 He Stretched Out His Hand Willingly

He Stretched Out His Hand Willingly

April 1, 2018

 

 

The leper was an outcast
Socially they were absent
Emotionally they were detached
They were disdained by many
Scoffed at, if at best
Physically, they looked inhuman

A leper approaches Jesus
Moved with compassion
Jesus stretched out
Touching the leper
Whom no one would get close
The leper receives a human touch
A touch that he hadn’t felt in years
Not only a human touch
The touch out the Divine
Jesus overcame the disease within the leper’s body
But Jesus was not overcome by the disease  

So it is with every one of us
Jesus heals us of our disease
Our brokenness
He heals us from our sin
Overcoming our sin-sickness, without being overwhelmed or overcame
He has extended his scarred hands before us
Scarred from once being pierced through
Being touched, our world is made different
Sanctified through and through
Being different from what we have known

 

Known, was sin
Known, was regret
Known, was guilt
Known, was a life full of hurt
Known, was a life of brokenness
Now we may know “life”
and live in “God’s design”

Jesus Christ nailed to the wood had carried our pain in the piece of grace
Traveled the far stretches of loneliness
Peace was secured through his blood
In his broken body, he has taken our hurt

We have searched for satisfaction
All satisfaction is met when looking into the face of Jesus
Traveled the far stretches of loneliness
Jesus has reached out and touched us
While we were still sinners, he reached out
Jesus, the human image of God which is Wrapped up in the flesh

 

All sin and its kind, all forms, and its problems    
Carried by the broken body of Christ
In his broken body, he has carried our hurt
Jesus Christ nailed to the wood had moved our pain in the piece of grace
peace was made through his blood

 

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve (John 20)

was not with the disciples when Jesus came

So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them,

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were,

and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Though the doors were locked,

Jesus came and stood among them and

He said, “Peace be with you!”

To Thomas, he said “Put your finger here; see my hands.

Reach out your hand and put it into my side.

Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!"

Jesus said to him, 'Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.'”  

Belief, it requires faith... a high level of trust.

There is an essential connection between experiencing God, loving God and trusting God. You will trust God only as much as you love him. And you will love him to the extent that you have touched him rather than he has touched you.

Those who need to place their faith - “Will you grasp His hand today?
Those who have placed their faith - “Will you choose to be loved by him?

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