December 24, 2010

“After Jesus returned, he walked along Lake Galilee and then climbed a mountain and took his place, ready to receive visitors. They came, tons of them, bringing along the paraplegic, the blind, the maimed, the mute — all sorts of people in need — and more or less threw them down at Jesus’ feet to see what he would he do with them. He healed them … they were astonished and let everyone know that God was blazingly alive among them.” Matt. 15:29-31 The Message

What kind of people are drawn to you …?

Jesus always seems to turn life upside down. You would expect him to meet with the powerful and influential to plan and strategize how best to serve the thousands of men and women who needed help and healing. Instead, His life was and is available to anyone who needs and longs for His healing touch. Suffering levels all playing fields. There is just a common shared path of pain .. rejection .. hope for that “one thing” that might make life better. For many .. Jesus just speaks a word of healing grace and power into dry hearted but undying hearts reaching with hope. For others, they face a long journey of waiting or walking where they are able .. and just the daily freshening of praying that God would make their lives blaze with Life. Suffering seems to be a common thread into our lives. There are no language barriers between strangers who suffer. They just know. They don’t become uncomfortable when others around them are suffering. Like Jesus … they learn to step towards those who are hurting .. almost for any reason. The early disciples were known as Jesus Followers. His death left them feeling uncovered and exposed. They wanted proof that it was Jesus who would watch over them and guide them. We are the same today. In the face of getting well… , we often have to walk .. limp .. or be carried to that place where Jesus will meet with us. What we do know is this: Jesus will not cast you away .. or ever tire out from helping you or setting you straight with the Father. He’s on the clock at this very moment. Maybe it’s time … It only takes a moment …

“He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt and he won’t disregard the small and insignificant, but he’ll steadily and firmly set things right. He won’t tire out and quit. He won’t be stopped until he’s finished his work — to set things right on earth. Far-flung ocean islands wait expectantly for his teaching.” Isaiah 42:3-4 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Those-who-limp and Those who long to be healed in the name of Jesus. (ken@priorityone.org)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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