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How Long?

“My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord—how long?” Psalm 6:3
 
Another senseless shooting. Oh, Lord, how long? The facts are still unfolding, but it’s numbing just the same. Yesterday morning, at least 26 people (ages 5 to 72) were killed at a Texas church, after a 26-year-old gunman opened fire. This shooting is right on the heels of 58 dead and hundreds injured in the Las Vegas shooting last month.
 
We are living in violent days. This list of mass shootings is growing – a Colorado movie theater, an Orlando night club, Sandy Hook elementary school, Columbine high school, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, and the list goes on. It cuts a bit deeper when the shooting happens in the house of the Lord, but every loss of life is disturbing. “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.”
 
In Matt. 24, Jesus tells us about the end times: “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold…” We don’t know the kingdom calendar, but we are closer to Jesus’ return than we were yesterday. Oh Father, help us not to be dulled to these tragedies. Remembering that we don’t battle flesh and blood, help us find comfort in David’s words of Psalm 6:
 
“I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes. Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer. All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.”

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Cleanness Overcoming Uncleanness

A cake made with just one rotten egg will be bad. A cup of clean water with just a little bit of dirt sprinkled in is no longer clean. Dirty things make clean things dirty; clean things don’t make dirty things clean. Cleanness is just not transferable like uncleanness is. A contagious person touches you and you might get sick, but a healthy person can’t transfer their healthiness to a sick person.

For all of history, this has been mankind’s experience; cleanness does not overcome uncleanness. And then this happened:

“..a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.’  And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I will; be clean.’ And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”  Matthew 8:2,3

Don’t miss that important detail: “Jesus … touched him.” Why do you think he did that? Why did he *touch* the man with the contagious skin disease? He could have just said the word.

Christ was communicating a little bit of who He is. With one touch, Jesus’ white-hot purity spilled out onto someone who was far from pure. Jesus did not become unclean. The leprosy didn’t spread. The cleanness spread. The purity spread. For the first time in history, cleanness overcame uncleanness. Jesus’ holiness called for a reversal of the natural order. Natural laws stopped what they had been doing from all of time to nod toward the Son of Man.

When we come to Christ, when we touch the Son in faith, our uncleanness cannot help but be overcome by his cleanness.

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