RIGHT WITH GOD
“Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.”
– Paul’s Letter to the Romans 5: 1-5
(Good News Bible)
“You can learn more about human nature by reading the Bible than by living in New York.”
– William Lyon Phelps, 1865-1943, American journalist
“The Lord has made me weak while I am still young;
he has shortened my life.
O God, do not take me away now
before I grow old.
O Lord you live forever;
long ago you created the earth,
and with your own hands you
made the heavens.
They will disappear, but you will
they will all wear out like
You will discard them like clothes,
and they will vanish.
But you are always the same,
and your life never ends.
Our children will live in safety
and under your protection
their descendants will be secure.”
– Psalm 102: 23-28
DAVID’S SONG OF VICTORY (part)
“The waves of death were all around me;
the waves of destruction rolled over me.
The danger of death was
and the grave set its trap for me.
In my trouble I called to the Lord;
I called to my God for help.
In his temple he heard my voice;
he listened to my cry for help.”
– 2 Samuel 22:5-7
“The Lord reached down from above
and took hold of me;
he pulled me out of the deep waters.”
– Psalm 18:16
“Lord, I have given up my pride and turned away from my arrogance. I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me. Instead I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother’s arms, so my heart is quiet within me.” – Psalm 131: 1-3
“You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.” – Psalm 16:5
“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.
Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
As a dream comes when there are many cares,
so the speech of a fool when there are many words.”
– Ecclesiastes 5:1-3
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honour me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21 the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.”
Isaiah 43: 18-21
In the Gospel of St Luke, Jesus is clearly described as a ‘healer’.
1 He cast out an evil spirit from a man (Luke 4: 31-37)
2 He healed many people including the mother-in-law of Simon his disciple who had a high fever – he stood at her bedside and ordered the fever to leave her and she rose at once. (Luke 4: 38-41)
3 He healed a man suffering from a dreaded skin disease. The man said: ‘Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean’. Jesus replied: ‘I do want to. Be clean!’ (Luke 5: 12-14)
4 He healed a paralysed man – the one who had to be lowered through the roof in his bed; Jesus said to him: ‘I tell you, get up, pick up your bed, and go home!’
(Luke 5: 17-25)
5 He healed a man with a paralysed hand – ‘stretch out your hand’ he told him, and his hand became well again. (Luke 6: 6-10)
6 He healed a large crowd of people who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. ‘All the people tried to touch him, for power was going out from him and healing them all.’ (Luke 6: 17-19)
7 He healed a Roman officer’s servant who was very sick – the officer had so much faith, he asked Jesus not to bother to come to his house. Jesus was amazed at his faith. His servant was healed. (Luke 7: 1-10)
8 He raised a widow’s son from the dead in the town of Naim. Jesus was moved with great pity at the funeral procession because the dead man was the widow’s only son. Luke says: ‘When the Lord saw her, his heart was filled with pity for her and he said to her, Don’t cry.’ Jesus gave him back to his mother. (Luke 7: 11-16)
9 He healed many women of evil spirits and diseases including Mary Magdalene (Luke 8: 1-3)
10 He healed a man possessed by demons – a very dramatic episode where the demons were driven out of the man and into a herd of pigs (Luke : 26-39)
11 He healed Jairus’ daughter who was only 12 and dying – she was said to be dead in her bed but Jesus raised her up, saying ‘Get up, child!’ Then he ordered that she be given something to eat (Luke 8: 40-56)
12 He healed a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years – she was healed when she touched the edge of his cloak in a crowd. He called her his ‘daughter’, saying her faith had made her whole. (Luke 8: 43-48)
13 He healed a boy with an evil spirit – he had epilepsy and was foaming at the mouth – Luke says ‘Jesus healed the boy and gave him back to his father’ (Luke 9: 37-43)
14 He healed a crippled woman who was bent double – ‘Woman,’ he said, ‘you are free from your sickness.’ (Luke 13: 10-14)
15 He healed a sick man whose legs and arms were swollen and he was accused of healing on the Sabbath by his enemies (Luke 14: 1-6)
16 He healed 10 men suffering from a dreaded skin disease who called out loudly to Jesus asking for his mercy. All were healed but only one came back running to thank him – throwing himself at the feet of Jesus. (Luke 17: 11-19)
17 He healed the blind beggar of Jericho who called out: ‘Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!’ Luke says Jesus asked the man ‘what do you want me to do for you?’ The man said ‘Sir, I want to see again.’ And Jesus said: ‘Then see! Your faith has made you well.’ (Luke 18: 35-43)
27 July 2012