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He Stretched Out His Hand Willingly

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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