Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

hands of jesus

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"And lifting up His hands ... He blessed them."

See His hands as Mary first held Him, and His tiny hand wrapped around a finger as He nursed in the warmth of her embrace.

See His hands as He reaches out to touch the grizzled beard of Simeon in the temple.

See His hands as He learns to plane the wood and help Joseph in the carpenter shop, hands growing calloused even as a youth.

See His hands as He opens the Torah and reads from it, a finger tracing along with the words.

See His hands as they fold when John baptizes Him in the Jordan River.

See His hands as they crack in the dryness of the wilderness, his whole self parched and weary.

See His hands as He touches the leper and the leprosy flees at His words: "Be clean!"

See His hands as He takes up the loaves and the fish and blesses His Father for His goodness.

See His hands as He touches the head of the woman He saved from stoning and says: "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

See His hands as He pats the donkey's head, riding into his holy city.

See His hands as He takes a whip and turns it on those who would sell what God gives freely.

See His hands take a towel and basin as He stoops to wash dirty feet and dry them, one by one.

See His hands as He takes bread into them, blesses and breaks and gives his body.

See His hands as they enclose around the cup, and He offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving, His own blood.

See His hands, outstretched in the garden, and trembling in prayer.

See His hands as He touches Malchus and restores his severed ear.

See His hands at His side, not raised to defend Himself against the blows, the spit, the venom.

See His hands spread out against the wood, split open with the nails, determined to do this for you and for your forgiveness.

See His hands writhing in agony as the sky darkens and He is left alone abandoned, with the burden of the sins of all the world.

See His hands, lifeless and torn, touched by His mother as his lifeless body rests in her loving embrace.

See His hands, folded across his chest, laid in a tomb, and at rest.

See His hands, scars still there, yet alive, never to die again, reaching out to Thomas and the disciples, to give them hope and peace.

See His hands, broiling the fish for an early morning breakfast beside the Sea of Galilee.

See His hands, raised in blessing as He lifts our human nature to the very throne of heaven.

See His hands, wounded and yet living, and pleading for all ages for mercy, a sweet smelling sacrifice to the Father.

"I have inscribed you in the palm of My hands."

"And lifting up His hands, He blessed them."


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isaiah seal

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An impression of a seal from the prophet Isaiah may have been found in Jerusalem. Archaeologists excavating the City of David area just below the Temple Mount found the seal mark in Iron Age remains just 10 feet from where the seal of King Hezekiah of Judah was found in 2015.

The object, estimated to be around 2,700 years old, was found by Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. “We appear to have discovered a seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah, in a scientific archaeological excavation.” 

The finders believe the seal was discovered "in situ" outside what had been the ancient kingdom’s royal bakery. Half an inch wide, the seal bears the name of Isaiah in ancient Hebrew script, followed by the three first letters of the word for prophet.

ht - haaretz