It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

OUR TENDERHEARTED SAVIOR



Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
Matthew 19:14


Our Tenderhearted Savior


His word invites us to behold His tenderness. His tenderness to children, toward Israel, and toward each individual.


Children


Matthew 18:1-9

In these verses we are told that we must be like children in order to enter the Kindom.

In Mark 9: 36-37 we are told that when receive a child in His name , we receive Him, and if we receive Him, we receive His Father in Heaven.

Christ had a tender healing touch. He made the blind man see, and He brought life to a dead child.

Israel

Matthew 23: 37-39

Jerusalem…how I long to gather your people together as a hen gathers her children under her wing.

Psalm 91: 4

…with His pinions He will cover you , and under His wings you shall take refuge.

Jesus desires to hold us close, to protect us, to shield us from harm.

The Individual

In the 40 days between resurrection and ascension Jesus handpicked a few people to whom He would appear.

First there was Mary of Magdala (John 20:1-18) In her grief our tenderhearted Lord took pity on her .

Then there was Thomas. Doubting Thomas he is called. Again in his tenderheartedness, He was willing to show Thomas the proof of his resurrection.

In I Corinthians 15: 7 Christ appeared to James.

Jesus appeared first to those that needed Him most. A mourner, a doubter and a mocker.

We each have probably been one of these in our lifetime. Jesus will and can show his tenderness to each of us, if we but ask and believe.

Tomorrows lesson : His Goodness

‘On Ya’ - ma

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