Ash Wednesday – The Hand of the Lord

Luke 4:16-21 (NLT)

When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
    that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
     and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

A Thought

It is the official beginning of the ministry of Jesus. Into Jesus’ hands, the synagogue official places the book of Isaiah. The fingers of Jesus unroll the parchment. They hold God’s word, his Father’s Word. These same hands that will heal the lame, the blind, even raise the dead. These same hands that will be pierced by spikes and nailed to a wooden beam. These hands that will wash the disciples’ feet. These hands that will take bread and bless it, lift the cup and prays over it.

The hands of Jesus.

The Gospels are filled with references to the touch of Jesus to heal and to make whole.  The season of Lent is a wonderful time to recenter our hearts and lives. It is a perfect opportunity to remember the hands of Jesus, pierced by spikes and nailed to a wooden beam. For you. For me.

Will you join me in this study of Jesus’ touch?


Great Lord of Heaven,

Thank you for blessing us. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for touching our lives. May we know your touch in a new and meaningful way this season.



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