Would Jesus even notice you?

A piece on Luke 13, verse 10.

“On a Sabbath, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years.”

I still have my old school photograph. There we were- arranged in a massive semi-circle. Facing us was a motorised swivelling camera. We were told, “When the camera lens comes opposite YOU, keep still! That will be our moment!”

I look at the photo today.  So that’s me at 15….several years of my life compressed into a single moment of time!

With the woman in the synagogue, it had been 18 long years of enduring pain. Then it came – the lens of God’s love in Christ focused upon the anonymous figure at the back. This was her moment – with Jesus Christ!

Jesus had walked in – to be surrounded by the officials – but He’s already seen the woman. Within minutes she will have the lens of God’s love swivelling directly upon her. Four phrases summarise the actions of Jesus. “He saw her…He called her…He said to her…He put his hands on her.”

She was never the same again. Instantly she was up, her face alight as she praised God for her release from the long agony – and the other worshippers were thrilled.

Not so the synagogue ruler! For him, correct order and systems were more important than people. To him, healing on the Sabbath means working on the Sabbath. “There are six days for work!” he complained “So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

Jesus immediately cut through the hypocrisy of the man-made rules that had fenced in the blessing of the One Day in Seven. He told a parable – of a tiny mustard seed that grew to become an all-embracing tree. This single healing was a pointer to the in-coming Kingdom of God – to that future day when Creation itself will be freed from all decay and corruption.

The lens of Christ’s love moves through any gathering, touching one, reassuring another; lifting, forgiving, strengthening, ministering.

Someone asks, ‘Can He meet with me too – among the millions of people who inhabit this world? Can He even notice me?’

Go back to that Sabbath gathering of Luke 13, and see yourself there, as someone whom Christ loves, sees – and serves. Why, the lens of the Cross is on you. This is your moment – one in a million. That’s you.

Arthur Barnett

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