Washing a car. Scaling a fish. Changing a diaper. Doing dishes. Landscaping. There are all sorts of things we do to clean and beautify the world around us that cause us to possibly get a little muddied in the process. That’s the cost of a clean-up job. Rags, cloths, shovels, shirts, jeans, brows, and hands can all get a little messy in the process.
A few years ago I was listening to a song composed by my friends Jacob and Katie Eckeberger of the band, “My Anchor Holds.” They wrote and sang of a Jesus we don’t get to hear or see depicted enough.
“Calloused and muddied are His hands ,
From healing the blind and tracing the sand.
The Kings of Kings on hands and knees,
Scruffy and sweaty and tempted like me.
It’s worth it for Him to get messy to clean us,
The filthy, unwanted know the Dirty Jesus.”
We spent the month of August looking at the unity that joins our hearts together in Christ. This unity is a work of purity of heart and holiness. Perfect love and holiness took on frail flesh to be born in a stable, welcomed into this world by livestock and shepherds. Loving hands enacted miraculous healing through spit and mud. Powerful hands showed true humility by serving at the filthy feet of His followers. A selfless Savior showed us the depths of love by facing death on a splintered and bloody cross. As Jesus was seeking to make our hearts pure and clean, He waded willingly into the messes of our lives.
Throughout the month of September, please join us each week for the “Dirty Jesus” message series. If you’ve got calloused hands, dirt under your nails, and backbreaking labor – or if you’ve ever felt like your mess is more than God cares to handle – come hear how Jesus is still willing to get His hands dirty to bring grace, peace, and salvation into our lives.
Yours in Christ,