It’s become a bit of a national institution hasn’t it? Ask a lot of people where they are at 8.00pm on a Thursday and they’ll say “At the front door clapping”! It has been reported that this all may draw to a close at the end of May after 10 weeks, we’ll see.
I said that to Mum this week and she said “Oh that’s good, it kills my hands!” Arthritis you see. Mum’s 89 and locked away like she’s in solitary confinement. She even had to get dressed again last week, because she forgot that it was Thursday and was relaxing, ready for bed. She’s too proud to clap in her dressing gown.
But this isn’t a new phenomenon at all is it? No, God suggested such actions centuries ago.
“Clap your hands, all you nations, shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.” (Psalm 47 v 1-2)
You see God knew that we would be in need of Him, He knew that without Him we would be fighting an invisible enemy all on our own. So God sent Jesus.
Jesus is our Teacher – he can teach us many things, from young to old. All of us that want to learn of Jesus take little steps, as a child, until we grow in faith and love,
“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18v16)
Jesus is our Good Neighbour – somebody to help us along the way. There are times when we may feel lost, afraid or alone, that is when we need our Shepherd. You often read of Jesus being alone, in the desert, in the mountains, in the garden in prayer, yet He was never alone and neither are we.
“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each of you to your own home. You will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for My Father is with Me. I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16 v 32-33)
Jesus is our Delivery Driver – feeding the nation with essential provisions. He is the Bread and Water of life. There will be no shortages from his shelves, no restrictions on quantities, no worries about cost.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.” (Isaiah 55 v 1-2)
Jesus is our Healer – no matter what manner of illness may beset us, Jesus can heal us all. He can free us from sin and the punishment that follows, which is death itself. He has no need to be protected from us, he touched the leper, the one sick of the palsy, he cured the blind, the deaf, the dumb. He made the lame to walk. And if this invisible enemy catches one of us, Jesus can still heal them too.
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11 v 25)
So next Thursday at 8.00, or another other time of any other day, “Clap your hands for Jesus” and think of God and the provisions that he gives to us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.