January 31, 2019

Better than Band-Aids - Luke 13:10-13

I read recently that initial sales of Band-Aid were so bad that the product was almost canceled. But it isn't odd how sometimes we reject the things that are intended for our greatest good?

Family Discussions:

  1. In just small Band-Aid ways, how has Jesus been healing you lately?
  2. How can you be a Band-Aid to others?
  3. How can you give the healing touch of Christ to others with a smile, with a hug, with a word of encouragement?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Hey, have you ever wondered who invented the little Band-Aids we put her fingers and toes, and have you've ever wondered how many of these things have been on people's fingers and toes over the years? Well, today I'm going to tell you, but first we're going to look at Luke 13, verses 10 through 13, and it says this, "And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath and there was a woman who for 18 years had a sickness caused by a spirit, and she was bent over double and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her over, and he said to her, 'Woman, you are freed from your sickness.' And he laid his hands on her, and, immediately, she was made erect again, and she began glorifying God."

00:58 It's just one of, I guess, hundreds of miracles of healing that Jesus performed. But today I want to ask you, you know, where this thing came from? Well, believe it or not, it happened back in 1921. And the man's name was Earl Dixon. And he came up with the first Band Aid. And since that day, the population of planet earth has patched itself over a hundred billion times with that familiar product. So why is it that like 80-something years later, I'm still amazed by Dixon's invention?

01:35 Well, I tell you what as this little flesh-colored adhesive kind of stares at me from my index finger, and I don't even know really any more what it's doing here. But, but I'm reminded how tragically we take healing for granted. You know, how many of these tiny little dressings have I fastened to my children and my grandchildren's wounds throughout the years? You know, how many times have they dried their tears on my shirt and my collar and my shoulder thanking me when I should've been thinking old Earl Dixon? You know, how am I embarrassed by this bandage?

02:10 You know, I read recently that initial sales of Band-Aid were so bad that the product was almost canceled. But it isn't odd how sometimes we reject the things that are intended for our greatest good? You know what? Jesus understood such rejection, kind of like the Band-Aid. His brand of healing was sometimes severely criticized by those who should have been the most compassionate, but somehow the story will change. Men and women will reach for the Savior just as they reach for Dixon's Band-Aid. Humanity will bring their booboos to the Lord, and at last, Jesus will bind up every wound. At last, he will dry every tear, and all of heaven will say "thank you" to the great and glorious healer of all. I love Philippians chapter two at the very end when it says, "At the end, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father."

03:08 And here's my questions today. Um, you know what? He may not have taken your blindness and made you 20/20 vision. He may not have taken. you know, and put a new arm on your shoulder. He may not have taken you out of the pallet of paralysis and given you the legs to walk again as you're reading scripture, but I believe he's doing it all over the world, and I believe in the small ways, he's doing it to you today. So in just small Band-Aid ways, how has Jesus been healing you lately? And then take it home. How can you be a Band-Aid to others? How can you give the healing touch of Christ to others with a smile, with a hug, with a word of encouragement? Think of a way that you can be old Dixon and give a Band-Aid to somebody else.

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