Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 31:1-18; Luke 6:1-19

"The entire crowd was seeking to touch Him, because power would go out from Him and would heal everyone." (Luke 6:19)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the + Name of Jesus. Amen. Jesus went around healing. He'd speak the Word, and cast out demons. He'd speak the Word, and heal people raise them from the dead. But in an even more radical manner, people would be healed by merely touching Jesus.

Jesus' touch makes whole, Jesus' touch heals. Jesus' touch casts out evil spirits. That's what it was like for a woman who was ill for 12 years, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well," she said (Matthew 9:21). She touched, and she was healed, made well, saved! As Jesus Himself said (Matthew 9:22).

It's the same today. Jesus' hand reaches out and baptizes you, and it "works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare" (Small Catechism: Baptism). "From [His] own mouth comes forth a word; [His] shepherd speaks, but [He] is heard; Through him [His] hand now stretches out, Forgiving sin, destroying doubt" (LSB 616:4). In His hands He holds and delivers His Body and Blood for us to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of our sins.

So, does that mean the cancer will be healed? Does that mean the heart attack or car wreck won't happen? Does that mean my depression, my mental illness will go away?

The Lord Jesus can certainly do that. But the touch of Jesus, that He delivers in the water, His Keys, His Body and Blood, make sure that those things can't get you down forever. In His gifts, He lifts you up and carries you through the thick of it in this life until you're held in His embrace forever in eternal life.

Jesus grabs hold of you in this life. He'll never leave you or forsake you. He'll bring you to His eternal life. That's what He brings you into now, and He'll bring you to it forever, too. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the + Name of Jesus. Amen.

Who so happy as I am, Even now the Shepherd's lamb? And when my short life is ended, By His angel host attended, He shall fold me to His breast, There within His arms to rest. (I Am Jesus' Little Lamb, LSB 740:3)

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