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The Master's Touch - Part I
By becca
12/5/2006 11:34:19 PM
I actually got to go to our Relief Society’s Christmas dinner tonight. It was wonderful. Our bishop spoke about the healing power of the atonement and I wanted to write it down tonight before I forgot it.

Our Christmas theme tonight was called “The Master’s Touch”. The bishop said that he was really pleased with the title in that it implied focus on the Savior’s entire life – more than just his birth. He felt that it was very important that we did more than just focus on the birth of the Lord at Christmas time, but that we remember why he came to the earth in the first place – to become our Savior and Redeemer. However, he said that the title puzzled him a little bit, because he didn’t know of a scripture reference where this phrase is actually mentioned (and he is quite the scriptorian). So, he began to look up all of the scripture references involving the Savior’s touch. He found plenty. Most of them involve the Savior’s touch to heal.

Matt 8:3
And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Matt 8:15
And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

Matt 9:35
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Mark 9:27
But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

Luke 22:51
And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

John 9:6-7
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Truly His touch heals all. He cleansed the leper, brought sight to the blind, healed the sick and the afflicted.
Our Savior’s power is so great, however, that He does not have to touch in order to have the power to heal. Lest we forget that this same Lord said from a far, “let there be light” and there was light.

Remember the woman who had an “issue of blood” and merely touched the border of his garment (Luke 8:44-47), and how she was healed immediately.

Or the lame man who, “Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk” (John 5:8)

Or even Lazarus, that “when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” (John 11:44)

I love what Jesus said to Lazarus’ sister, Martha:
“Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

Is He not the same “yesterday, today, and forever”? Do we still believe in His same healing power? Do we believe that He will heal us from all of our infirmities? Do we believe that there was a purpose for the atonement – and that it was for each one of us?

I will end by quoting Stephan Robinson and Elder Bruce R. McConkie:
“If it were possible to make ourselves worthy of the kingdom of God by our own efforts, we wouldn’t need Jesus Christ at all.”
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by [keeping] the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

I know that the atonement was made for you AND for me.

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