Marvin Tschetter - Airdrie Special Meetings - 2006

John 20:19, “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, 'Peace be unto you.'”  Verse 20, “And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.”

 

My thoughts have been on this message of peace that Jesus gave these people the first day of the week, by showing them His hands and His side. If there was any question in their minds that day that Jesus was the Son of God, there would be none now.  His hands dispelled all doubt within.  The evidence was in His hands. 

 

Jesus’ hands were willing hands.  Jesus hands had comforted many; His hands had fed thousands and had healed many, His hand had opened blind eyes and healed the sick. Jesus’ hands were willing hands to do.  Through the gospel our hands can become willing hands, but to have willing hands we first must have a willing heart.

 

A man visited us in Pakistan from Madagascar recently; we couldn’t pronounce his name, so we called him “Joe.”  He told us of a man in his country who practiced witchcraft and had found the gospel.  He left his occupation of witchcraft and became honestly employed and when he started working, honestly working, his hands bled.  His blood was the evidence of a changed heart.  It was a witness for him.

 

Last week, I was in the home of one of our friends and I noticed that man’s hands.  They were scraped and cut and stained.  The evidence of his work was in his hands.  He worked hard and provided well for his family, but there was no beauty in His hands.  Do you think there was any beauty in the hands of Jesus?  No.  They were living proof of what He had been through.  His hands spoke a loud clear message.

 

Luke 4:40, “Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them, and healed them.” When a change comes into our hearts, it brings a change to our hands.

 

Mark 6:34, "And Jesus, when He came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things.”  When Jesus looked upon those people, He saw a need and had compassion and taught the multitude, then He broke bread and fed the 5,000.  He had helping hands because of His compassion and He healed them.  We want to have that same compassion that Jesus had for others.  Life comes into our hands when we have willing, helping hands.  There is much for us to do and we must be up and doing it. 

 

I was visiting in the Eastern U.S.A. since returning on my visit to Canada, and I spoke with a man there who said that a volunteer army was the best army to have.  It was better than a conscripted army because those men wanted to be there.  A conscripted army was compelled to be there.  That verse in Proverbs 21:2-5, “Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.  Selah.  For Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness, Thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.  He asked life of Thee, and Thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.  His glory is great in Thy salvation, honour and majesty hast Thou laid upon him.”  Slothful hands refuse to labour and are the downfall of many, but useful hands are willing hands. 

 

In the East, a young man was looking for a bride and arrangements were made for several young women to have supper at a home with him one night.  Those young ladies got all dressed up in their best clothes and arrived for the supper.  The agreement was that whoever this young man found pleasing, he would give her a gift at the end of the meal.  Supper ended and those girls asked each other, “Did you receive the gift?”  "No, no," they all replied. That young man had given the present to the servant girl who had served him.  She was the one he found pleasing because her hands were willing hands to serve.  Her hands were busy hands and they were willing hands.  That young man was impressed with her willingness to serve and not be idle.  Idle hands can become useful hands and lazy hands can become busy hands.  Our hymn says, “Never let your hands be idle; There is much to do…” Slothful hands can become useful; lazy hands can become useful.  Keeping our hands busy in the right things will give us rest and peace.  When we leave here today we can hit the ground running.  We can have busy hands, willing hands to do.  We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work!                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Ephesians 4:28, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”  The taker can become a giver!  He went to work with his hands.  Provision comes with honest labour and not with stealing.  Let us keep our hands busy.