Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World


Matthew 8:2-4 “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. I am willing, he said. Be Clean! Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, See that you don’t tell anyone, But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Are you healed? There have been times I have not wanted to be healed. I had been hurt, I was hurt and I wanted sit with my hurt. Healing is not one sided. Healing requires us to want to be healed. We are not healed until we, you and I, acknowledge that we are/have been healed.

Richard Rohr says, “If we do not transform our pain we will reflect, mirror, or transmit our pain to others.”

Jesus is willing to heal us, you and I.

Matthew 8:10-12, “When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

It is hard to believe in Jesus. It requires faith, courage, strength, and a willingness to let go of what we, you and I, want… and let GOD.

There are a lot of times I feel “the kingdom of heaven” and there are times I don’t. It appears to me the more I let go, the more I let GOD, the closer the kingdom of GOD is. I find myself wanting to be healed, but I want to be healed my way… and when I follow this path there is weeping and gnashing of teeth… my tears… my teeth.

I pray that you and I, this new year, let go and let GOD!

Know you are loved!

Jim Dietvorst