THE HANDS OF JESUS

THE SIGNPOST
March 12, 2022
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June 18, 2022

Scripture Luke 24:36-53
Jesus hands were more than just the hands that were nailed to the cross. As much as anything, they were his identity. His were the creating hands.

John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made. Jesus is the image of the invisible God. God was the one who created all things. Here on earth, Jesus had the human hands to mold us in the image of God through his teachings.

Matthew 4:23 Jesus went through Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. He had healing hands. He went out seeking to heal. Lepers were social outcasts. People would call out “unclean” to keep them away. Jesus healed 10 lepers. A blind man was brought to Jesus. Jesus led the man out of the town. He spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him. The blind man could see! He was healed.

The touch of the lord Jesus Christ is a healing touch. Sometimes in our lives, the healing touch of Jesus does not necessarily miraculously heal an affliction. The Lord Jesus can heal your heart, mind, soul, and body if he wills it. We must be willing to accept his outstretched hand. If you allow for Jesus’ healing hands to come into your heart, you will feel his love. It will change your life!

Jesus had compassionate hands. Matthew 15:32 “Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” Jesus has compassion for you. He wants to help you with your needs. He wants to help you in your heart with your suffering.

Jesus had the hands of blessings. Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every sickness. Matthew 10: 6-8 But go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

Isaiah 40:11 ” He tends his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart. He gently leads those that have young.” You might have gray hair, or not hair. In God’s sight, you are still a child with so much to learn. Jesus wants you to have faith. God reminds us that he will give us the words to speak and the life to live if only you will let him.

With his hands, Jesus wants to build you a new home. He wants you to have a place that gives you hope, purpose, and meaning. You have to let him into your heart for this to happen. You have to use your hands and heart to open the door to let him in. You have to come to him as an innocent little child. You can’t approach him in a prideful manner. You have to surrender and say, “Lord, I am a sinner and you died for me on the cross. I am coming to that cross. I want your blessing. I want your hands on my shoulders to forgive me of my sins.”

Jesus had suffering hands. We have never felt suffering like he did. As we approach the Easter season, there are suffering hands. Jesus suffered when the soldiers drove nails into his hands as they hung him on the cross, between heaven and earth. After the resurrection, the wounds in his hands were evident. Even doubting Thomas could touch them! Thomas told the other disciples, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my fingers in the mark of the nails and my hand at his side, I will not believe.” Jesus appeared again and allowed Thomas to touch his blessed wounds. Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God.” Jesus will be wearing those scars for all eternity so that we’ll be able to say, “Thank you, Lord.”

Jesus had outstretched his hands. Jesus stretches his hands to us saying “I love you and I died for you.” He came not just to save you from sin and to save you from eternity. He came to save you now!