and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away – Revelation 21:4
In studying this passage of scripture this week, I was struck again with how personal of a Savior our Jesus is.
Look back at these passages with me, if you will:
Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. - Matthew 8:3
And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” - Matthew 17:7
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him. - Matthew 20:34
Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva; and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!” And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly. - Mark 7:33-35
And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. - Mark 10:13
He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Child, arise!” - Luke 8:54
But Jesus answered and said,“Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him. - Luke 22:51
Did Jesus need the avenue of touch to access His healing power? Of course not! He spoke the worlds into being. He formed you and me with a breath. But Jesus knew a secret.
Touch is powerful. It's why a hug is so comforting. It's why a handshake is a bond.
Touch shows relationship. It's significant. It reaches way past the skin.
Jesus will wipe every tear from our eyes, Dear One. He won't have His people call our people. He won't assign the task. He won't simply cause our tears to disappear. Jesus Christ will take notice of our sorrows. He will listen as our voices crack during the telling of each heartbreak. He will gather us close, and there will be compassion in His eyes. He will hold our face tenderly in His hands as He touches each tear, drawing it away and placing it in His bottle. (Psalm 56:8)
Do you long, as I do, to feel the touch of the Master's Hand? We will. We each will. And I have a sneaky feeling that touch may be the cause of the rest of our verse for today.
there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away
Praying that you feel His touch today.
Dear Savior, You are mighty and so far above us, yet You long to touch each of us individually. You long to gather us close and wipe our tears. I can't wait to be with You, Lord. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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