Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Hands

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Text: John 13:1-15 or 1 Th 4:11-12

As I was preparing for our time around the Lord’s Table this morning I got to thinking about our hands.

If you look down your row, there are different kinds of hands. Some soft. Some calloused. These hands have helped to provide food for their family. Each set of hands belongs to a different profession. All of these hands belong to the Lord.

Look at your hands.

What do you see? Your hands tell a story. Your hands have been a help to others. They have caressed the face of your spouse. They have clasped the hand of a friend. Maybe they have helped someone witness the love of Jesus.

The night of the Last Supper we all benefit from the hands that washed the disciples feet. Think about the hands in that room during the Last Supper. Hands of fishermen, a tax collector, a revolutionary, a betrayer.

Each set of hands tells a story. Our hands like Peter’s reach out for Jesus when we are drowning in the sea of life. Our hands like Judas’s have betrayed our Lord when we have reached for the forbidden fruit.

Thankfully our hands aren’t what saves us. No, we are saved by the hands that stooped to wash the dirt off of the disciples feet. These hands were stretched out wide for us on the cross. These hands have the scars to demonstrate his own love for us!

When we get together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper we reach with our hands to take the bread and the cup. We reach out for these emblems that draw us into the story of Jesus.

Submitted by Jason Retherford

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