An Invitation To You
12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. Luke 5:12-13
It seems from these verses that a particular town, city, or place was not of importance, for none was named. The man was not Identified. His leprosy underlines the severity of his plight and explains the reason for his despair. His pleading words highlight his desire for a remedy. It plainly speaks the truth about man. A man with needs for which he can’t provide. A man with a hope he can not sustain. A challenge he is unable to overcome. A desire he can’t obtain and yet that is not what is meant to be focused on.
The focus of these verses is Jesus. We learn that he is the one to be sought. The only source of hope. The end of despair. He is True God, True man. It was love that moved God the Father to give us His Son. It was love that not only moved Jesus to speak such grace filled words to a man, but also led him to the cross and ultimately a tomb. How powerful is Jesus Christ whom from the place of death, defeat and despair rises triumphant over sin, death and devil. And it was all to bring healing to the world, healing to a man. How wonderful it is to be before Him and hear His Word.
St. John’s Valley of Faith is focused on Jesus. Our worship is a sharing of His Word and Sacrament. We rejoice in His Grace, His Love, His forgiveness and His promise of life everlasting. We truly are before Him and receive His peace. It is our prayer and hope that as you worship with us you will have the opportunity to respond in praise.
This is our invitation to you and yours and look forward to having you with us.
In Service to God and His people,
St. John's Valley of Faith Lutheran Church