DayBreaks for 12/11/12 – Everyone Means Everyone
Luke 6:17-19 (NLT) – When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and Jesus also cast out many evil spirits. 19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.
I think my favorite four words from this text are the last four: and he healed everyone. He’s not in a rush. He didn’t live by a wristwatch or smart phone alerting him to appointments, places he had to go, things he needed to do. Jesus never seemed to be pressed for time, have you noticed? He spent countless hours alone in prayer. He fasted in the wilderness for 40 days, ignoring all the other things he could have been doing. He waited 30 years to begin his ministry. He lay in the tomb for 3 days when he could have risen up immediately. But he didn’t.
The point is he came for us…to be Immanuel (God WITH us). In ministry it is hard to find the time to be WITH those we are to minister to. We find every other reason to be invested in the study, to go to the Christian supply store, to meet with other pastors, to go to conferences, to do everything except be present. The same is true for every life – it is hard anymore to find time to BE with others. Instead of talking, we text. Instead of spending time with real people, we spend it with animated video games or staring at a television. We find all sorts of ways to avoid being with others (perhaps as a self-defense mechanism). Jesus didn’t. He took the opposite approach.
But the best part of those last four words are this: he didn’t fail to heal a single person. There is no one or nothing that Jesus can’t heal. He can heal the pain of your divorce, of your sexual infidelity, of your addiction, of your rebellion. He can render the disease of pride, anger, unforgiveness, lust, greed and envy null and void. There is nothing that he cannot and will not do to bring us back into fullness as humans and into a personal relationship with him. He proved that on the cross.
PRAYER: Heal us, O Lord, and we shall be healed!!!! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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