This morning Charles, one of The Core’s leaders, shared about the compassionate miracles of Jesus. Here are some quotes from that, as my memory serves me.
From a theatrical monologue: “I am a leper… and I had not been touched in five years, not by my wife, my children, not even brushed by a stranger in a crowd, until today, when Jesus touched me.”
“By touching the unclean he was not merely being uncouth. From a cultural perspective, he was inviting that uncleanness onto himself. He was sacrificing his social acceptability for the sake of compassion.”
“When did Jesus’ following begin to diminish? It was when he started talking about what was going to happen to him. At first he did miracles, because his disciples weren’t ready to hear the ugly truth yet. But eventually he started leveling with them… ‘There’s a cross at the end of this road for me. And there’s a cross for you, too.’”