Jesus Doesn’t Get His Hands Dirty

jesus_hand“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.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


3 Responses to “Jesus Doesn’t Get His Hands Dirty”

  1. avatar Amy Robbins says:

    Thank you for posting the poem! I love analogy that it gives.

  2. avatar Ben says:

    Thanks for sending the link for Sandra’s video. I ended up listening to the whole sermon as well. Have you read Richard Beck’s book Unclean? It’s central premise is the same idea you hit in the sermon – the contamination principle (if I touch the dirty thing, I will be contaminated), is reversed in Jesus. Jesus contaminates for the good. Pretty cool!

    • avatar Byron Fike says:

      I have not read the book but love the principle. I had noticed the beauty of Jesus touching the leper for many years but the clean/unclean idea was a new thought I discovered when I re-read the narrative for this sermon. Perhaps this idea struck me this time since I’ve been working my way through the Old Testament this year in my Bible reading. Leviticus is not the most fascinating reading, but offers a number of insights into what it means to serve a holy God. Thanks for listening.

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