Friday, April 06, 2007

# 10 and #11 Account of Jesus Healing in Group Settings

Mark 6:56 (New International Version)

56And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Acts 10:36-38 (New International Version)

36You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

Reflection: God annointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. Think about this, please. God annointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power. Does this suggest that God annoints others than Jesus? Does this mean that Jesus was the one and only to share this annointing? Think about terms of how Jesus told the disciples that he would give them a gift...the gift of the Holy Spirit. Think about it. Do we, today, have a right to this gift? Are we recipients if only we ask? I say, yes. Does that make me liberal or conservative...don't know. But it does make me a spirit-driven person who says YES to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit today? I think so. Anything less would be an insult to Christ saying he would share it with his disciples. If not so, the disciples were fools at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is here, today, for us all, if only we put ourselves into a position of accepting. Do you accept God's Holy Spirit? Do you resist it? Do you deny it? Just curious, as I fully, gratefully, invite and accept it.


Art said...

Marty, hope you had a wonderful and blessed Easter!

Brother Marty said...

Thanks Art. It was a wonderful and blessed Easter, indeed!