Summary: The hands of our Lord speaks of the entire ministry.
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The HANDS OF JESUS
Pilot in the ending of John Gospel said, "Behold the man" What a contrast from what John the Baptist said in the beginning of the gospel, "Behold! the Lamb of God."
B. We want to BEHOLD THE MAN CHRIST JESUS. Jesus is our Hero.
C. Today we want to look at a part of the anatomy of Jesus. In John 20:27 it says, "Then said he to Thomas reach here thy finger, and Behold My Hands. . . . Today I want to take the invitation to Behold the hands of Jesus.
D. Hands are the most common part of our body. We use our hands more than any other part of the body. (I know some will say it’s the tongue), but most people use there hands to make a living.
* We use our hand to talk.
* We get in trouble with our hands.
E. Our hands can be a blessing or a curse. It can bless someone or it can throw a bomb. We can slap a face or pat someone on the back. We can pull a trigger or place a ring on a finger.
T/S We want to look at the hands of Jesus. We can learn a great deal by looking at a person’s hands. Let us look at 6 things about the hands of Jesus.
I. WE SEE HUMAN HANDS.
A. They started as the hands of a baby.
Lesley Savage in his poem wrote:
A baby’s hands in Bethlehem, were small and softly curled;
but held within their dimpled grasp, was the hope of all the world
George Mc Donna wrote:
They were looking for a king to lift them up on high.
He came a little baby thing that made a woman cry.
B. They Baby grew: Dr. Luke examined Him. Luke 2:40
Luke 2:40 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
HE GREW TO BE A MAN: HE WAS PERFECTLY HUMAN.
He was not withdrawn - everyone felt at ease in His presence.
He was not a snob- He was not a quoter of pias platitudes.
The publicans felt at ease in his presence
Sinners gathered around to hear him.
Martha scolded him. Peter rebuked Him. Thomas questioned him. All asked foolish question - Yet all worshipped him.
He was warm- He was accessible - affable.
He was gentle but not weak.
Children loved him. I am convinced that dogs would have loved him. My Grandma use to tell me, "If you find someone that children and dog don’t like – you had better watch out for them.
I think when I read that sweet story of old,
when Jesus was here among men.
How he called little children as lambs to his fold,
I should like to have been with Him then.
I wish that His hands had been placed on my head.
That His arms had been thrown around me.
and that I might have seen his kind look when He said,
’LET THE LITTLE ONES COME UNTO ME."
He was a man and he knew what trouble and suffering was.
READ Heb. 2:9-18.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. . . . For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
HE IS ONE OF US: HE HAS BEEN THERE AND CAN WALK US THROUGH IT.
II. WE SEE THE HANDS OF A WORKING MAN.
A. We cannot fill in all of the silent years but we do know that they were working years for our Lord. HE WAS A CARPENTER. HE WAS THE CARPENTER OF NAZARETH.
B. It will be a laborer who will someday settle all the dispute between labor and management.
C. In that day and time the people had trouble believe that a Carpenter could be the Messiah. Today, people have trouble believing that the Messiah was just a carpenter.
D. Work was not the curse. God gave man work before the fall.
Job 1:10,11 (Satan’s Charge).
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.