Touched |

“When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.” (Matthew 8:14-15)
There are many religions in the world where the gods are remote and distant. They show these gods as all knowing and powerful but also sometimes cruel.  In Christianity we have a God that became intimately involved with creation. Jesus came to us as God in the flesh.  Only Christianity gives us a God that is so concerned with us that he became one of us and lived among us.  Jesus was God but lived a human life and touched those around him. He breathed air, laughed and ate at the dinner table with friends. He would have hugged and kissed his friends as was the custom of his day.

Jesus also used touch in incredible ways to heal. Jesus went to his close friend’s house and saw his mother-in-law sick. He had such compassion on her he went and touched her hand. I love the part where she got well immediately and then began to serve them. I don’t think Jesus had an alternative motive but I find that when we touch the lives of others they cannot help but want to give back as well.

My challenge for you this day is to look for ways you can extend God’s healing touch to the world.  Maybe you can help with the grocery give-away at church this Friday, October 4th. Maybe you can come give blood at church next Tuesday, October 8th. Attend the Mission Trip to New York to help victims of Hurricane Sandy or go with us to Mission Mexico and help at the orphanage. Find a neighbor who has a need and fill it.  Look for a co-worker that is hurting and listen to their problems. Babysit for a young couple that needs a break from their kids.  Bottom line is we all need God’s healing touch and we all need to extend God’s healing touch. How will you extend God’s healing touch this week?
In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn