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our God.” The Lord’s favourable year had   His garment and be healed. Yet the one
        come but the day of vengeance of God was   who was touched by grace to the greatest
        still pending. The Lord Jesus spoke many   degree was the woman with the discharge
        gracious words while on earth, fulfilling   of blood who touched the hem of the Lord’s
        Psalm 45:2, but the truth of these words   coat. She was unclean according to the Law
        in Luke 4 may be the most gracious of the   because of her illness.  She could not be
        Gospels: instead of humanity receiving a   touched, but the Lord let her touch Him
        just recompense for their deeds, Christ had   and thus He touched her in an irreversible
        come to graciously give a spiritual release   way. She had no money, but the Lord
        to all who were in bondage, if they would   freely healed her. This woman, who was
        receive it. We can say, as John wrote, “And   untouchable by the Law which came by
        of his fulness have all we received, and   Moses, touched the Lord’s garment and
        grace for grace” (Joh 1:16 KJV).     was healed by the One who embodies
        Feet of Grace (John 4)               grace.
          The Lord Jesus moved around Galilee,   Heart of Grace (2 Corinthians 8:9)
        Judaea and the site of John’s ministry in   The  Lord  performed  exceptionally
        trans-Jordan. Being the embodiment of   gracious works while upon earth. Whether
        grace, wherever the Lord went so did   it was revealing His glory to the eye of faith
        grace. An extraordinarily gracious stop   by turning water into wine in Cana or any
        is recorded in John 4 when the Lord   other miracle, every work of the Lord was
        Jesus stopped at Jacob’s well at Sychar in   gracious. Yet examining grace embodied
        Samaria, mid-trip from Judaea into Galilee.   in the life of Christ would be incomplete
        The Lord stopped even though Samaritan   without considering the work and person
        worship was misguided and the Scriptures   of the cross. There is a sense that in taking
        they read were purposely incomplete.   upon Himself humanity, the Lord Jesus
        There were cultural and ethnic divisions   became poor for our sakes, yet without the
        that ran deeply between Samaritans and   poverty He experienced in dark hours at
        Jews. The disciples marveled that He   Calvary, we would never have become rich.
        talked with the woman. Yet this One who   Through the man who is the embodiment
        told her that “salvation is of the Jews” (Joh   of grace upon the cross we have received
        4:22)caused many more to proclaim, “We   eternal blessings of salvation, sonship,

        have heard him ourselves, and know that   family relationship, reconciliation, and
        this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the   much more. As the psalmist said, and as
        world” (v42 KJV). Former worshippers of   we can attest, “He raises the poor from
        what they did not know at Mt. Gerizim   the dirt, and lifts up the needy from the
        became worshippers of the Father in spirit   garbage pile, that he might seat him with
        and truth by the movements of Grace   princes, with the princes of his people”
        Incarnate.                           (Psa 113:7-8 NET).  In the future day of

        Touch of Grace (Luke 8:43-48)        eternity when we look into the face of the
          Whoever the Lord Jesus touched while   embodiment of grace and review the grace
        here on earth was touched by grace. Even   that He has shown and continues to show
        those that touched Him felt this grace. This   us, it will effortlessly cause us to marvel
        was evident in Gennesaret when many   and worship Him.
        sick folks sought to touch the fringe of   ¹ See Leviticus 15:19-27.

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