Jesus has done all things well. He lived perfectly for us, but before we get into the performance of our Lord, I want to introduce you to an American athlete. Becca Myers is a paralympian. That is, she is a swimmer for our nation, but since she is deaf and blind she, understandably, needs a little help. Her handler is her mom, but the para-Olympics won’t allow her mom to go with Becca. They insist that for the 33 athletes that Becca would be grouped with there is a one handler that can handle them all. This has not gone over well in the paralympian circles or the press. Almost everyone agrees that there should be allowances made for this special American athlete.
When Jesus walked the earth – you heard it in our Gospel lesson – he gave him hearing aids speech therapy so he could cope with his disability, right? To those who couldn’t see he gave them glasses. To the lame he provide walkers and wheel chairs, didn’t he? Is Jesus the great accommodator or is he our Savior? What did Isaiah prophesy about Jesus – about our God coming? 5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Jesus didn’t make things ok when he ministered to the lost sheep of Israel. He did everything well. So well it was a miracle.
So I have to ask. How does Jesus accommodate you? What allowances has he made for your sin? Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, and when he does you will cut your sinning to a minimum – well, of course, with the exception of any addictions you may have. Jesus knows that you cannot stop sinning so maybe if we keep reading in Isaiah we’ll find how much wiggle room God leaves for his weak children. How good do I have to be before I’m good enough for God?
The truth is that by nature we aren’t spiritually handicapped, we’re spiritual corpses. We need the forgiveness that only Jesus can give. Jesus doesn’t help us be all that we can be for God, he doesn’t accommodate our sin at all. He paid for our sin by his death on the cross. Jesus truly has done all things well.
Want to hear more? Watch this week’s message taken from Isaiah 35.
Speaker(s): Fred Guldberg