“Dead Come to Life” by Jonathan Thulin

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A perfectly fitting song for this blog, but the video for the song is a beautifully told parable. I dare you NOT to spend 10 minutes watching this extended video.

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We Are the Hem of His Garment

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“Having heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His robe. For she said, ‘If I can just touch His robes, I’ll be made well!'”

Mark 5:27-28 (HCSB)

I had a friend of mine share this scripture on Facebook yesterday (thanks, Kyla!), and I was struck by something that I never had even considered before. This woman was changed by an encounter with Jesus Christ, but this was no ordinary encounter. She had such faith in Jesus, that she believed that merely touching His robe might heal her.

And, of course, she was right.

But here’s the thing. What struck me is that she didn’t have to touch JESUS HIMSELF. She just touched something that was in CONTACT with Him.

Isn’t that US as Christians? Aren’t we the hem of his garment–constantly in contact (or we should be) with Him?

And shouldn’t people who we interact with on a daily basis be fundamentally changed through their contact with us, just as this woman was by touching the robe that Jesus wore?

If not, does that mean our connection to the Savior needs to be repaired, reinstated, or recharged?

“The Proof of Your Love”

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If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

 

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

 

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.

 

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (The Message)

 

If you read this, Paul clearly defines the “whitewashed tomb” that Jesus referred to in speaking about the Pharisees, the religious elite of His day. They said all the “right” things, performed all the “right” rituals, hung around with all the “right” people.

The problem was, without LOVE, being “right” didn’t equal being “righteous.”