Jesus is willing to heal you and make your sadness go away.
1 Peter 2:24, "By His wounds (stripes) you have been healed".
Here's a story of what it must have been like when Jesus walked on this
Benjy lived in a small village in Galilee. His house was at the end
of a narrow alley and only had two rooms. He and his two sisters
slept on mats in the back room, while his parents used the front room.
Benjy was a cripple, because when he was a baby, his mother had
accidentally dropped him and this had damaged his right leg. He had
never been able to stand on the leg, and now the muscles had wasted away
leaving it withered and twisted.
Walking was difficult as he had to use a crutch that his father had carved.
He had to swing his body to move the crutch and his damaged leg
would swing wildly of its own accord. All the children would laugh
at him because of the funny way he walked.
On hot days, the children from the village would race down to the bank
above the nearby river leaving Benjy struggling to catch up with them.
Then they would slide down a muddy patch yelling and screaming with
delight as they slithered down the wet mud and landed in a muddy heap at
the bottom or even better with a splash in the warm water!
When Benjy eventually managed to catch up with them, he just stood at the
top of the bank and enviously watched their fun.
At other times they would play mock fights and would tear up and down the
streets around the village while Benjy sat on a rock and wished he could
run like the other children. And then they would climb to the top of
tall trees that stood on a nearby hill. They would shout "cooeey!"
and pretend that they were going to defeat a huge army that was coming
over the hills.
Withdrawn and Bitter:
Benjy would wonder what it would be like to climb trees, and to run and see
interesting things far away in the distance. As a result, he grew
very lonely and bitter, because he couldn't play their games and do any
of these things. Although his parents and sisters tried to encourage
him, but day by day Benjy became more withdrawn and refused to talk to the
As a result, whenever they came near Benjy, the children would laugh and
point at his withered leg and cruelly shout, "Here comes Hip-Hoppity with
legs all Rickety!" They would then roll on the ground and laugh as
he tried to hit them with his crutch!
The Teacher Comes:
One day a man came running into the village shouting with great excitement,
"He's here! He's here!" All the people streamed out of their
houses and followed the man up a hill to where a Teacher was talking to a
crowd of people.
"Come on Benjy!" called his sisters as they ran after the crowd. "The
Teacher has come to town and we want to hear what He has to say."
Benjy shouted back, "I don't care! I'm going to stay right here."
"Sulk if you want," said his elder sister, "But, I know that the Teacher
is kind and He's sure to do some miracles. We must see what He is
going to do today." Benjy dejectedly cried, "Well He can't help me.
My leg is too rotten and anyway, everybody hates me and they will
laugh at the way I walk."
Look at Me:
Benjy sat down in the dust and cried. As he was sitting there feeling
very sorry for himself when a gentle voice asked, "Why are you looking so
sad on such a nice day." Benjy didn't bother to look up and replied,
"I hate myself and this wasted leg. Look at it! Everybody mocks
me and laughs at the way I walk. Oh, I wish I were dead!"
"Look at Me," said the kindly voice. Benjy slowly looked up and saw a
pair of friendly eyes gazing at him with concern and love. "Would
you like to walk again?" asked the Stranger. "I will never do that,"
replied Benjy sadly, "My mother dropped me when I was a baby - and now look
"My lambs are all precious to Me," replied the Stranger, "Should not the
Good Shepherd search out and find those who are lost and hurt?"
"You mean me?" asked a startled Benjy, "I am not worth anything to anybody!"
With that the Stranger laid His hand on Benjy's shoulder. "I
have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
Benjy felt a warm glow beginning to flow over his cold sad heart. He
began to cry as he looked up into the Stranger's eyes and saw such love
and compassion reaching out to him. Benjy gave a great sob as he
realised that he was loved, and all the bitterness in his heart came out
as he cried into the Stranger's coat.
My Leg's Healed!
"Be healed Little One," said a soft Voice and a hand reached down and
touched his withered leg. Benjy looked down with awe as he felt
warmth flow into his leg. He couldn't believe it - his leg was
growing straight and strong! Benjy threw down his crutch as he
gingerly stretched out his leg and found it could hold his weight.
He began to laugh and shout, and to dance around Jesus!
A few days later Benjy said a goodbye to the Teacher as He left to
continue His ministry. He never forgot how Jesus had looked down
at him with love and compassion, and how He had reached out His hand
and touched his withered leg. Benjy now knew that Jesus was the
promised Saviour and went on to serve God with all his heart for the
rest of his life.
Jesus is Willing:
Benjy felt rejected and useless until he threw away his crutch!
Perhaps you feel the same way. Jesus has not changed and when
people ask for healing, Jesus is willing to touch their lives.
If you need healing, or for Jesus to touch your heart and make your sadness
go away, ask Him to put His loving arms around you, and heal you, and
fill you with joy!