Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Authority to Heal ~ Lent 2015

God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness
You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV

During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful!  God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt

…Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left, and he was cleansed. Mark 1:40-42 NKJV

First century Roman culture boasts in its abundance of power and commerce, wealth and pagan piety, grand architecture and engineered roadways. Rome flourishes as an urban melting pot, but its two-tiered Upper and Lower Class social system divides the population. Not only does poverty brand, but those with disabilities and diseases must live as outcasts, both isolated and invisible. More specifically, anyone with leprosy (and other skin lesions), is considered unclean, forbidden to communicate or touch anyone, disallowed in the synagogue to worship, required to warn others as they approach. On this day, a compassionate Jesus displays God’s faithfulness with His authority to heal.

Mark shares many stories of Jesus healing a variety of people from paralysis, fever, leprosy, blindness, demon possession, healing Jews and Gentiles, healing men, women, and children. While leprosy bears a visible sign of disease, its greater implication suggests a spiritual corruption which prohibits the outcast from coming into the presence of the holy God. On this day, a humble leper kneels before Jesus, asks if Jesus would be willing to heal him, and with the authority given Him by the Father, Jesus touches the unclean man, healing him immediately. 

Lord, sin exposes my spiritual corruption, makes me unclean, separates me from You. My soul longs to be in Your presence, to find rest, to know peace, to feel loved. Jesus, You have the authority to heal. With immense compassion You see me; with unmeasured Grace You touch me, heal me, give me everlasting life. A spiritual leper, I endure because great is Your faithfulness. –dho

Focus Point: Jesus displays God’s faithfulness with His authority to heal.

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