The miracles of Jesus have often been interpreted as signs of God’s Kingdom breaking into the present (and they are), but Shane Claiborne wants us to also remember them as signs of God’s love.
But what had lasting significance were not the miracles themselves but Jesus’ love. Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead, and a few years later, Lazarus died again. Jesus healed the sick, but they eventually caught some other disease. He fed the thousands, and the next day they were hungry again. But we remember his love. It wasn’t that Jesus healed a leper but that he touched a leper, because no one touched lepers. — Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015), 75.
Your challenge for the day: go out in love and touch a leper (either literally or metaphorically—here in Abilene, probably metaphorically).