THOSE WORKING HANDS
So many things had happened since Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection. There was the empty tomb, followed by Jesus’ various appearances – to Mary Magdalene; to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus; through the locked door to where the disciples were gathered – to name a few. Jesus’ followers still did not understand what it all meant.
Peter, who was the “take charge” person, said, “I’m going fishing!” and the others followed suit. Following a fruitless night, a stranger appeared to them on shore, telling them how and where to fish. When they pulled in a full net, John, the beloved disciple, said: “It is the Lord!” Impulsively, Peter jumped overboard and arrived on shore ahead of the others.
Jesus had already prepared a fire of coals and they had a seaside breakfast of freshly caught fish. Jesus broke the bread and fish and served his disciples, exemplifying what he had taught them during his earthly ministry: “Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”(See Mark 10:43-45.)
Jesus’ wonderful, wounded, working hands are a challenge to us to a life of service. Our hands are to be working hands also, ministering to the lost, the needy, the hurting, as his representatives in the world today. Jesus’ final words to his disciples, and to his followers throughout the ages, were his commission to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey his commands. Jesus promised to be with them (and us) always. (See Matthew 28:18-20.)
“Christ has no hands but our hands to do his work today!”
Let us take every opportunity to serve the Lord with joyful obedience.