12 January 2013

A New Ear

"And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.  And Jesus answered and said, 'Suffer ye thus far.'  And He touched his ear, and healed him."  Luke 22:50, 51

Did you ever wonder what happened to the man whose ear was cut off and then healed?  Or if his ear was put back on, or whether Jesus touched his gaping wound and made him a new ear on the spot?

Maybe the man became a disciple that night, a servant of the true High Priest.  Maybe the compassion Jesus had for His enemy changed a heart that night.

But we don't know.  What if the man's heart stayed old and full of darkness, while his ear alone was made new?  What if he went on to witness the trial of Jesus, new ear closed to Him, old mouth open in insults to the One who recreated his body and could recreate his heart?

What if he experienced the healing, creative power of Jesus, and turned away, taking for granted the ear made new?

Then the question arises, even while our minds tell us we would have turned in thankful praise to the Healer, are we enjoying the blessings poured out by our Creator without turning our hearts toward Him to soak up the sunshine of His love?

Are we letting our God have and work through our lives?  Are we returning our whole lives to Him?

In reality, our whole lives are a pittance in comparison with the matchless love He has shed on us.

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