Scarred part II by JW Kaiser
Once while surfing, I became increasingly baffled by the dangerous actions of one of the other surfers in the water. He was all over the place. Late drops on top of others paddling out, kicking his board out at the last second as he bailed on yet another wave. To call him a kook would be generous. He was a nuisance. I may or may not have yelled at him to get out of the water. Yes, I’m ocassionally that guy; the surf police!
Then I did something out of character with my frustration. I paddled over and said hi. I found out his name and a little bit of his story. He told me he had only tried surfing one other time and didn’t know what he was doing. “No kidding!” I thought to myself. I offered to walk down the beach with him and give him a free lesson of sorts. His response was humbling, “You’d do that for me? You’re the best!” Well, I’m hardly the best. It it turned into a really great time with a new friend.
Last week we looked at an account where Jesus healed a man with leprosy. (Luke 5:12-16). The man who was covered in scars and open wounds, begged to Jesus, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Many of us are like my surfing friend, who thinks we aren’t worthy of help because we’re a mess. The man in this story, humbled by the scars and pain of leprosy, doubted that Jesus was willing to help him. Most of us don’t have a problem believing Jesus CAN heal and forgive us, but we have huge doubts and disbelief that Jesus is WILLING to engage us in our sin and “unworthiness”. The out of control surfer I helped would have been wise to be surprised by my offer to help. After all, I yelled at him… loudly. However, Jesus as proved himself again and again biblically, historically and personally to be faithful to come to us when we are making a mess of things. Our scars don’t keep Jesus away. They are a sign of our need and a beacon for his grace upon us. He became scarred on the cross to save us from ours. Come to Him who is mighty to save!