Today's Christian thought: Monday September 29th, 2003

What would you have done?

You know, judging from the way they treated the Lord Jesus back in 33AD, I would think that people were just as mean to one another back then as they are today. And, as we all know, people can be mean to one another. It is not at all uncommon to see people nickname a person based solely upon a fault with that person. A man with buck teeth might be called "Bucky." A girl wearing glasses might be called "Four Eyes." Someone rather large might be called "Moose" or "Bear" or any one of a dozen much less flattering and more obscene names.

So, today we are going to nickname the co-star of today's Scripture "Gimpy." Let us go to Mark Chapter three.

And Jesus entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand (Gimpy).

And they watched Jesus, whether He would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse Him. Jesus saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

And Jesus saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. (From Mark 3:1-5)

So here it is the Sabbath day, and the Lord God Creator of the world, walks into the synagogue. Now, it would be more than safe to assume that everyone in the synagogue knew who Jesus was. They might not have all come to the conclusion that He was in fact God, but they sure knew this was no ordinary preacher. So the Lord walks in and there in the midst is a man with a withered hand. Now you can be pretty sure that just about everyone knew him as well. He was probably taunted with names like "Gimpy" because of his hand.

Jesus, while standing on the pulpit looks over and sees Gimpy, smiles at him and says "Stand Forth" or in other words, come up here, stand in front of me and all here. So, Gimpy, who not only knows who Jesus is, but is well aware of the miracles the Lord was doing, how He had healed lepers, given sight to the blind, and even raised the dead, jumps up and runs to the front, smiling and thanking God for his being called forth.

Now, we have the Lord and Gimpy standing up front, both are smiling and suddenly the Lord looks down at the congregation and some, not all, but some are all looking at Him as if He were stealing the day's offerings. They were looking at the Lord to see if He would dare heal a man on the Sabbath day. So Jesus, knowing what was on their frozen hardened hearts says to them: " Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?" They say nothing, just giving the Lord one of those "we dare you to heal him and break the law" looks.

So, Jesus, who, being God could have simply stopped the world and watched everyone fall off, says to Gimpy, "Stretch forth thine hand!" So, Gimpy, knowing that he was about to be the recipient of a miracle, stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

Now, while the Bible doesn't tell us how Gimpy reacted, we can surmise form the response of others whom the Lord healed, that Gimpy was one happy guy, probably jumping up and down and waving his hand for all to see while shouting "I'm not a Gimpy anymore!" He probably couldn't wait for the service to end so that he could run home and show all his family and friends what the Lord had done for him. Next day he was probably downtown in the square, waving his hand and telling everyone within earshot about what the Lord had done to him.

What about you? Gimpy got his hand restored. You, if you are Saved, have had your salvation restored. Have you screamed about it in the public square? Have you given any interviews? Do your next of kin and neighbors know you're Saved? Do they know the cost the Lord paid to Save you?

Funny how 1,970 years ago men showed more gratitude over having their hand restored or being cleansed of leprosy or being given their sight than men and women today who are given eternal Salvation.

Wouldn't it be nice if today, you told one person about what the Lord has done for you?

The City of Portland, Maine housed two Sherrys. One was Sherry Huber the infamous and much honored abortionist, the other, little 16 year old Sherry Mason who is carrying twin girls in a very difficult pregnancy. While Sherry Huber killed little ones in the womb, Sherry Mason is fighting to give life to her twin little girls. The city thinks of the Sherry Huber the abortionist as a heroine, I know that little Sherry Mason is a heroine.

Join with me in praying for Sherry and her little twins, pray for their salvation and their health. Pray that the Lord will give Sherry Mason the strength to hang in there and that He will open her eyes to the light of His truth. Amen.

Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.

All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.


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