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Jesus Doesn’t Get His Hands Dirty
“Getting your hands dirty” has such positive connotations that saying Jesus doesn’t get his hands dirty makes him sound aloof and unconcerned. The exact opposite is true. Jesus is more than willing to get his hands dirty, however, the very nature of his being makes it impossible.
As was stated in the sermon, when Jesus touches a person, that person becomes clean. No matter how dirty, sick or repulsive they are; no matter how much of an outcast from society they are; no matter how sinful they are — one touch of the Master’s hand and they are clean! What a Savior!
Touch of the Master’s Hand
by Myra Brooks Welsh
It was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile.
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”
“A dollar, a dollar,” then “two! Only two?”
“Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?”
“Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three . . .” But no,
From the room, far back , a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sins.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two? Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice;
And going and gone,” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand
What changed its worth?” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A “mess of potage,” a glass of wine;
A game, and he travels on.
He is going once, and going twice,
He’s going and almost gone.
But the Master comes and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.