Ember Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Morning Psalm: 119:49-72 | Evening Psalms: 49, 53
Genesis 37:25-36 | 1 Corinthians 2:1-13 | Mark 1:29-45
 
Like Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, we all lay ill with our infirmities, our stress, our anxiety, our dysfunction, and our sin. No doubt she was in very bad shape because Mark tells us that when Jesus arrives at the house, the apostles that were with Him told Him about her condition immediately. Today we know that the healing for our sin-sick souls comes from the same source.
 
In Matthew’s account of the same event, he says that Jesus did this “to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took our illnesses and bore our diseases’” (Matt 8:17). Because Jesus shed His blood on a hill called Calvary 2000 years ago, and rose with all power in the palms of His hands, you and I can be made whole—we can be healed not only from our physical infirmities, but our hurts and pains, our emotional bumps and bruises, and our bags full of regret.
 
I heard a preacher say once, “its a mystery to me how a brown cow, can eat green grass, and produce white milk; but its an even greater mystery that Jesus can take my black heart, dip it in His red blood, and make it white as snow!” Our only response to God’s great love through this mystery is to respond to it the way that Simon Peter’s mother-in-law did, get up and serve Him!
 
Serve the One that was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities; the One who bore the chastisement that brought us peace. For we know, that with His wounds, we are healed!
 

  

Christopher Jones
MDiv Student
Brooklyn, NY

    

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