Given Freely Not Stolen

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While re-reading the story of the woman with the years-long ongoing health issue that left her bank account empty, and her body weak, a thought came to me. The healing she sought from Jesus, and believed she had to steal, he freely gave.

As I contemplated this thought, another scene popped into my brain. A scene from Les Miserables. Perhaps you’ve either read the book, seen the play, or watched the movie, and know where I’m going with this.

courtesy bingAt one point, in an act of desperation, ex-convict, Valjean, steals expensive silver candlesticks from the priest who took Valjean in and showed him kindness. The police find Valjean with the candlesticks and take him back to the priest.

Here’s the connection …

The priest shows mercy, and says he gave Valjean the candlesticks. They weren’t stolen. Before the priest in Les Mis lets Valjean leave, he gives one of the most important messages of the story. The priest shows Valjean he is a person of value, one the priest cares about. One who God cares about.

Valjean didn’t need to steal the candlesticks. The priest gave them freely.

The woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak seeking healing. When she did, power flowed out of Christ, and the woman was immediately healed.

She didn’t need to steal the healing. Jesus gave it freely.

This woman was desperate. She had exhausted all her known resources. Out of embarrassment and being ostracized for her condition, she didn’t want to draw attention to herself. She just knew Jesus was her only hope for healing.

When Jesus felt the power leave him, he asked who touched him. In a crowd, lots of courtesy bingpeople touched Jesus, but only this woman was healed. Jesus could have gone on his way without requesting the woman show herself, but he didn’t.

Jesus wanted to offer the woman something more. Something important. He wanted her to know he cared for her and her concerns.

Jesus wanted the woman to know he valued her. Despite how others treated her, she was precious in his eyes.

Although her physical healing was what drew the woman to seek out Christ, she received emotional and spiritual healing as well.

Jesus is the Great Physician who heals all our hurts. We don’t need to steal his blessings. He gives them freely when we seek him out, come to him humbly, and acknowledge he is able.

We need no longer fear. We are children of God.

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Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and told him what she had done.  Mark 5:33 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Jesus Takes Our Sins Away

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If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are no longer slaves to Satan’s power to accuse us before God, the holy and righteous judge. Our sins have been forgiven. We’ve been washed whiter than snow through the sacrificial blood of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Glory hallelujah!

That means we need to shut our ears to the great deceiver’s lies that we are unlovable. courtesy bing

Flawed.

Failures.

Doomed.

We need to stop listening to him when he brings up all the times we’ve tried and failed in the past.

In contrast to the devil’s lies, as followers of Jesus we need to listen to the truth he tells us.

We are loved.

Flawless.

Successful.

Redeemed.

We need to get back up when we fall, and keep our eyes on the one who saved us.

God took away Satan’s power at Jesus’ triumphant resurrection.

Like a snake whose head has been separated from its body, Satan still writhes around, lashes out, and tries to inflict as much pain as he can. The final victory, however, rests in Jesus.

Here it is a week before the day we call Good Friday. Seven days before the Friday we recognize as the day Jesus willingly paid the necessary price to cancel the debt that listed all the rules we failed to follow. The day we remember Jesus took away that record of our transgressions and nailed it to the cross.

courtesy pixabayWe have been delivered from the clutches of Satan.

There is no longer any need to fear because of what Christ did on our behalf.

We belong to him.

He loves us with an everlasting love.

We’ve been adopted into the family of God. Joint heirs with Jesus.

Now that’s something to shout about, is it not?

What do you do to shut your ears to the great deceiver’s lies?

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In this way God took away Satan’s power to accuse you of sin, and God openly displayed to the whole world Christ’s triumph at the cross where your sins were all taken away. Colossians 2:15 (TLB)

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Sandy

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