Phil Doecke (PhD)
On behalf of Toowoomba Christian Assembly, and Toowoomba Ministers Association
Did you know? Did you remember? How did you celebrate, or participate? Did you help someone with a disability? Do you have a disability? Do you realise we all have a disability? Is your disability recognised and understood? Thank God for a God who recognises our disabilities.
People in the Bible times recognised Jesus’ welcome and compassion – despite their disabilities. Shepherds – cheap labourers, lowest level of society. Tax collectors – greedy people, despised for collaborating with enemy occupiers. Physically, sensorily, intellectually impaired people – no social security in Palestine. Prostitutes – social misfits. They all found welcome, safety, compassion, comfort, hope at the feet of Jesus.
We all have a disabling condition – SIN. Thank God for a Saviour who recognises our disabilities – who willingly provides welcome, safety, compassion, comfort, hope – at his feet. Healing by the touch of his hands. Feet and hands that, on the cross one Friday years ago, were nailed, disfigured, disabled for us.
Isaiah 53: 5 He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities. With his wounds we are healed. On the cross, Jesus Christ became disabled for us. That we may be made whole.