“But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.”
(Mark 9:27 NKJV)
Have you ever had to ask someone to help you? Every now and then everyone needs some help from somebody, sometimes. Whether it is a large undertaking or something small, we all eventually need a little help. Sometimes we need help and won’t ask for it.
Sometimes we need help and won’t accept it. Sometimes we try to help ourselves. Self help is generally described as those actions which tend to improve one’s social or economic condition. There are many people who cannot be helped by a self help program because they were spiritually lost. Their desire and thirst for personal achievement has vanished. The inner drive needed to climb out of their dilemma is not present. They are hopeless. That’s where the Lord comes in. When we cannot help ourselves, Jesus gives us a helping hand. When we are spiritual wanderers, Jesus shows us the way.
The text found in Mark 9:14-27 focuses on Jesus healing a child who had been declared a lunatic or dumb on the request of his father. The text first notes that the boy who was lifted came in Christ himself. Jesus took his hand. There are many great things that can happen when our hand is in Jesus’ hand. Outside of his hand and on our own power, we can do nothing. Today there are too many people who will not put their hand in Christ’s hand. Even in this text, the boy did not give his hand to Christ, Jesus took his hand. There are many circumstances in life when the Lord must take our hand because we are too stubborn, obstinate and too mean to take his hand. Perhaps that’s why the Lord often pushes himself into our picture and simply takes our hand. He interrupts our busy schedules, and intrudes on our daily lives just enough to take our hands. No wonder the songwriter would declare, “Take my hand precious Lord, lead me on and let me stand. I am tired. I am weak. I am worn.”
As Christians, we are ever thankful to God for his mercies and kindnesses, for without his strong, saving hand, we would still be sinking in the sea of life. Somebody can testify with the songwriter: “I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no, but the master of the sea, heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me, now safe am I.” I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad that Jesus lifted me! I’m so glad that he picked me up and turned me around!
I’m so glad that he gave me a new song to sing!
I’m so glad that Jesus lifted me!
Pastor Campbell can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org