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The Name Jesus
October 8, 2015 by Nancy Ruegg
When you say the name, Jesus, do images from his life flash to mind? Images such as:
His healing hand gently touching a hideous leper, the lesions disappearing, fingers and toes miraculously being restored? Do you see the love and joy on Jesus’ face as he watches the healed one, eyes darting between arms and legs, elbows to knees, rejoicing that every inch of his skin glows with health (Matthew 11:5)?
Jesus standing in the bow of a lurching boat with arms raised, sleeves flapping in the whipping wind of a squall? Do you hear his authoritative voice above the mayhem shouting, “Be still!” Do you feel the boat stop pitching and rolling as the fearsome waves settle into calm ripples (Luke 8:22-25)?
Do you see Jesus leaning in, listening intently to the Samaritan woman at the well, eyes focused only on her, indicating genuine interest and tender compassion? Do you sense his pleasure as she becomes a passionate believer (John 4:4-30)?
Do you breathe in the aroma of fresh bread and dried fish that permeated the hillside where 5,000 men (plus women and children) ate lunch one day, supplied by one boy’s meager fare–likely two small barley loaves and five sardines (Luke 9:10-17)?
Do you see Jesus reclining with his disciples at the Last Supper? Do you hear the reverent tone of the ceremonial words? Do you see the astonished expressions on the disciples’ faces, as Jesus changed the well-known ritual to speak of his body, his blood, and a betrayer among them?