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"Portrait of an Accessible Savior"

August 30, 2003

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As He went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. Luke 19:36

Sometimes presidents or heads of government mingle with the crowds, shaking hands with as many as they can reach. These are symbolic acts to show their accessibility to the people. There are other ways in which those who are in high office can keep in touch with the citizens.

Centuries before, our Lord declared His accessibility to the world by riding a colt into the capital city of Jerusalem. The slow-moving colt, the thronging crowd, the closeness of Christ to the people and they to Him -- all this proclaimed constant accessibility to all people. He was accessible right after His transfiguration, ministering to an ailing woman who had touched His garment.

The Lord's accessibility is a reality also in our time. The Scripture urgently invites us, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7). He cared enough to come as our Savior. He is close enough that we can "throw" our problems and concerns on Him. Christ's promise, "Surely I am with you always," is an unfailing guarantee of His immediate accessibility. Even before we reach out to clutch Him, His hand is extended.

PRAYER: Precious Savior, hold my hand as we walk together. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040)

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 13-14    2 Corinthians 4

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