This superstitious woman, within the framework of her very strange and terribly primitive world of ideas, has grasped the mystery of the Savior at a deeper level than most theologians and worldly wise men. She has made Jesus unclean by touching Him. She has thereby saddled Him with her suffering and by this bold touch has made him a companion in her affliction. She has had her life’s burden taken away by him and pulled Him down into her deep misery. Thus with her poor finger she has unwittingly pointed to the mystery of the cross.

This woman made Jesus her brother. In so doing, she has made Him into precisely what He wants to be for us. This is why He went to the cross.

What she did unwittingly. However, it is actually the miracle of the gospel – that there is no depth in which this Savior will not become our brother. Theilicke

Where bounds the threshold between personal equilibrium and chaos? How far bends the edges of protective tissue beyond their expandable limits? Every man has a price, and for most not a tall amount ,echos the taunt. Pain has an authority to search this brink also, provoke the prick or pressure, and watch a writhing outcome. How many have discovered their ledge of jumping?

“I am so exhausted from marching, my stomach is so empty, I am so plagued with lice and scratching. I am so tormented by the biting cold of Russia, and so dead tired, that I am totally occupied, without the least bit of inner space for any speculative thinking. —My whole spiritual life is disorganized and ruined, I just vegetate.” Came the letter from the field. Then the theologian, “How should I answer these men?”

Because some believers feel like they would be burdensome to us, they may not feel freedom to come around us. I have felt exactly like these dear friends, and known others who have withdrawn also. You? Let’s face it, some of us, like the poor woman above, may carry a lot of distasteful baggage, and our imagination magnifies the odor of it.
Well my fellows, Jesus didn’t mind being with the sinners, the prostitutes, the infirm and even lepers. “this man receiveth sinners!” is the gospel report on the Christ —not accepting only the “can-doers” or the “act-togethered,” but the others, yes the others —the ill-thought-of, tatter-clothed, odd-thinking, one-armed, lame, blind, or broken crew.

He has time for them. The poor-self-imaged, the worn out, the unworthy, and the poverty stricken: these carry candidacy into His brotherhood. The psychically impaired, acne faced, and overweight qualify, as do the ashamed. Yes, rejected, discarded, failures, afraid, have a friend in Jesus. He promises to stick closer than a brother. He is not ashamed to call them brethren.
Finally, beat up and despised Himself, Jesus bore the stench of sin drenched human hood, evil, vile, raging, maniacal, degrading, debauched, blasphemous, and abominable —and loved them. “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”
I want to share my heart’s thought: none are far from glory, which touch the hem of His garment. He may shout out “who touched me?” Do not fear, but just turn toward Him and look into those eyes of compassion. Friend, you and me, we often know not what we do; extend your disgraced, unholy hand and just receive His embrace. He is not ashamed of you, O precious one! Love ya

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  1. Bonnie said:

    You quoted Thielicke in this post, would that be Helmut Thielicke? Because i used to have a book called, "How the World Began," I got it before i was saved in like, 1978, but I never read it because after i got saved, i didn't know if he was a liberal theologian or not. I did like the one quote in the beginning of the book though, so much so that i copied and put it on the bathroom wall of my dorm room in Lenox:
    "It is God's nature to make something out of nothing. Therefore God cannot make anything out of him who is not yet nothing." That quote was attributed to none other than…..*choke* ….


    Martin Luther

    April 11, 2014
  2. tsliva said:

    Hi Bonnie, great observation, and yes I quoted Helmut Theilcke. I do do not want to recommend that we go out and purchase a man's writings because of a one quote which I found inspirational . I have however included a short synopsis on hIs life from "Logos Bible Software Forums" Here goes: "A Renaissance man of catholic interests, Thielicke cannot easily be placed within any of the usual divisions of theology. Ranging at will over the entire realm of religion, Thielicke was an exegete, church historian, ethicist, systematician, and pastoral theologian. For some this also means that Thielicke is impossible to label theologically. To that charge Thielicke himself replied, “My adversaries hung the title conservative around my neck in derision—I wear it with pride.” Perhaps it is safest to say that Helmut Thielicke was a universal man doing total theology from deeply held evangelical convictions, but addressing the ecumenical church. A memorial summation in Christianity Today stated, “Though Thielicke takes positions that put him at odds with American evangelicals at some points, his work in ethics and systematic theology has shown him to be an innovative interpreter well within the mainstream of historic Christian faith.” Remind us of anybody? love

    April 15, 2014
  3. carolann said:

    I do not know this H. Theilcke. But I do know the frame of reference and content of truth. Beautifully expressed.

    May 16, 2014

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