Our Beautiful Savior is Willing And Able (Camp Meeting, 8/5/18)

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Each summer evening at the Pitman Camp Meeting brings something different.  The air can be humid and stifling, but the music and message can be like a fresh breeze.  The speaker for Sunday 8/5/18 was Rev. Jeff Crispin (from the Joy Community Fellowship, in Pitman).  And his daughter and nieces supplied the music; a trio of girls playing ukuleles.

Life in the Person of Jesus Christ keeps bringing us fresh breezes that break the stifling details of life.  Being in a right relationship with God is the only path to true joy.

 

Music

The ukulele trio opened the evening with a musical theme that fit perfectly with their dad’s/uncle’s message.  Their vocal harmonies and light ukulele strums were a perfect blend- both in their music and in their message.  They turned our attention to God and then, more specifically, to Jesus. 

They sang two songs before Jeff delivered the message:

1- Behold Our God

The song Behold Our God draws on themes from Isaiah 25:9, Isaiah 35:4, Isaiah 40:12-17, and Psalm 46:6-10.  It turns our attention to God’s majesty; that the world is His and that He’s in control.  Here are the lyrics:

 

VERSE 1
Who has held the oceans in His hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice

CHORUS
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come, let us adore Him
Behold our King! Nothing can compare
Come, let us adore Him!

VERSE 2
Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of His words?
Who can teach the One Who knows all things?
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?

VERSE 3
Who has felt the nails upon His hands
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus, Savior risen now to reign!

God is Able…

 

 

God is Willing…

 

 

2- Oh the Beauty of this Man

The Beauty of this Man makes it impossible to put Jesus into a box and label Him as “the founder of a religion” or “a great teacher.”  There’s something way beyond “normal” in this Man Jesus.  He was, and is, the unique Son of God.  Here are some of the lyrics:

My heart is stirred by a noble theme

Bringing blessed words unto my King

Giving up my love as a sweet offering

Oh the beauty of this Man.  Oh the beauty of this Man

For the sake of love, He left His Father’s throne

Searching for a bride, bone of His bone

Such a humble kiss to make my dust His own

Oh the beauty of this Man.  Oh the beauty of this Man

See His hands, His head, His feet and His side

They bear the marks of wrath, a pure sacrifice

To secure my love by giving up His life

Oh the beauty of this Man.  Oh the beauty of this Man

She now faint with love, beckons Him to come

Establish righteousness as God’s risen song

On that glorious day, she’ll marry her Fair One

Oh the beauty of this Man.  Oh the beauty of this Man. Oh the beauty of this Man

Oh the beauty of this Man Jesus,

I love You, I give You all my worship Jesus, I love You,

Your name is wonderful Jesus, I love You,

I give You all my worship Jesus, I love You, Your name is wonderful

 

 

Message

Oh the beauty of this Man- Jesus!  Beauty.  We see sunsets, snow covered mountains, the ocean.  God’s creation surrounds us and we experience so many things of beauty that we become numb to it. 

Another rainbow.  Ho hum.  It’s just a collection of water droplets dispersing the light into it’s spectrum of colors.  Been there done that…

But these are just snapshots.  To really appreciate these brief moments of beauty, we must trace them all back to its source.   These snapshots give us a window to something that’s bigger; something that created the beauty.  Something that deserves our wonder and thanks.

God.

We can’t just sit there and dwell on the blessing.  You’ve gotta be thinking, “How could God bless me so much?!?  Oh the beauty of this Man Jesus!”  Such astonishing beauty in this Man.

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Jeff is an impassioned speaker who brims excitement whenever he shares the Word of God.  He can’t be tethered behind the podium, and keeping him still enough for a photo is just out of the question; the camera never has a chance to focus.  Here’s a sample of what we were able to capture with our camera…

 

Some may see humor in the above snapshots.  Some may pigeonhole these expressions into the cliche of “Bible thumping preacher.”  But we need to get beyond snapshots and trace it all back to the source.  The message Jeff was giving is something to be excited about!  Think about it.  God is Able and Willing to stoop down into the murky details of our lives and help us.

Some people may be willing to help, but they’re not able.  Others may be able to help but they’re not willing. 

But God is willing AND able. Jesus- our Good Shepherd- is with us!

So, thump your Bible and let it out: Jesus is a beautiful Savior!

 

 

The scripture we looked at was a series of familiar miracles as recorded in Luke 8:40-56…

Luke 8:40-56

40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.  Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house  because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.

43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.  “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.  Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher any more.”  Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother.  Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”  They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.  But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”  Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.  Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

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This sequence of events during one day of Jesus’ ministry features two main characters: Jarius, and the Unnamed Woman.  In terms of social standing and wealth, they were worlds apart.  But in terms of need and worth, they were equals in Jesus’ sight.

 

Jarius

Jarius is the leader of the synagogue.  He’s well-connected, well-respected.  He has wealth, he can make things happen.  But his daughter was sick; really sick.  Close to death.  And although the scripture doesn’t specifically tell us, it’s safe to assume that Jarius did all he could do to save his daughter.  His wealth was available for all of the best doctors and medicine.  He probably tried anything and everything to save his daughter. 

This well-connected man was desperate, at the end of his rope.  And so he turns to Jesus.

Jesus is willing and able to help; but do we believe?

 

The Unnamed Woman

The “Bleeding Woman” doesn’t even have a name in the Bible.  But like Jarius, she was desperate.  She was at the end of her rope.  She may not have had much, but she spent all she could on doctors.  And like Jarius, none of the doctors could help.  She couldn’t fix her problem with her own resources.

But Jesus did.  And what’s even more amazing than the healing is that Jesus stopped.  He was on the way to help an important person, but when an “unimportant person” touched Him, He stopped.  He stooped down like a Good Shepherd picking up the one of the 99.

And He went out of His way to recognize this unnamed woman: “Who touched Me?”  He could have simply let her be quietly healed.  He knew what happened, but He wanted the unnamed woman to know that He knows.  He lets the woman respond to the miracle instead of just slipping back into the crowd.  When God touches us, how can we respond in any other way than with praise and thanksgiving.

“Daughter, you faith has healed you.” 

He calls this unnamed woman “daughter.”  The important man (Jarius) had a daughter who needed Jesus.  But this unnamed woman is also a daughter who’s important to Jesus.

Both of them needed physical healing, but like them, all of us need spiritual healing.  What we all need most is to be made right with God.  “Your faith has healed you.”  Healing came that day not just because the unnamed woman touched Jesus and her bleeding stopped.  Complete healing came because of her faith.  She had been unnamed, discarded.  But now she was healed, a daughter of the Messiah.  True joy doesn’t depend on our circumstances.  True joy is being right with God. 

Jesus called her daughter, and He touched her.

 

Jesus

But of course, there’s another character in these two stories: Jesus.  And if you think about it, He’s in our stories too…

After the Unnamed Woman is healed, attention again returns to Jarius.  This interruption to help this unnamed woman has caused the death of Jarius’ daughter (verse 49):

While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher any more.” 

Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

Death.  There’s no hope anymore.  Jarius’ efforts to bring Jesus to his daughter have failed.  This unnamed woman created a delay that cost Jarius’ daughter’s life. 

There’s no hope.  Don’t bother the teacher.  Even He can’t help.  Just let Him continue on His way and return to whatever He was doing before we came to Him. 

But Jesus is willing and able.

He told Jarius to believe.  He commended the unnamed woman for her faith.  But this belief isn’t in a theology.  Faith isn’t in a church or religion.  Trust isn’t in a government, or in wealth, or in doctors.  The faith Jesus is talking about is faith in a Person, faith in God.  He’s calling us to trust a Person who is alive and well.  A Person who is both willing and able:  Jesus the Lord.  Our Good Shepherd who promised to be with us always (Matthew 28: 20).

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Jesus is only asking us to believe.  Even today, even in our day and age, Jesus can and does heal.  True healing.  Sometimes physical, but always spiritual.  And some day when we die, Jesus will still be with us.  Someday we will be resurrected and we’ll be with Jesus forever.  Not only does this Beautiful Savior offer healing, He offers eternal hope.

Both Jarius and the unnamed woman were at the end of their ropes.  Both cried out “Lord, help me.”

Like them, we can find that same healing and hope when we turn to this beautiful Savior.

 

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