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A View from the Hill
In Mark 6:56 we read that the crowds bought the sick to Jesus and that they were healed. When Jesus responded to the enquiry of John the Baptist as to whether he was the Messiah he replied “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.” (Matthew 11:5) Now while I don’t think everyone in Israel at the time was healed of whatever illness they had I believe with Jesus he was surrounded by those who might have the titles “the former blind person” or the “former lame person” or the “former leper” etc. It seems to me that today we hang onto many things – we hang onto our guilt and our shame and our hurts. We hang onto the things we said or did or had done to us. It seems to me that we need to understand that we have been transformed and renewed – that because of Jesus we are “former sinners”. Don’t get me wrong I believe we continue to sin – I know I do – but Romans 8 reminds me that “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” I have just finished reading the biography of Arthur Stace, the man who was miraculously transformed from life as a drunk and a criminal and who wrote the word “Eternity” all over Sydney from the 1930’s to mid 1960’s . An amazing story! When he met Jesus, Stace was no longer a criminal etc but a “former criminal”. I think when we view our lives through Jesus’ eyes then our perspective of ourselves and of others also changes. What do you think?