Matthew 14:14 “[Jesus] had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
After a difficult time, most of us may look to get away from it all. This is what Jesus tries to do upon hearing the news that John the Baptist had died. He looked to get away with his disciples. Matthew 14:13 says “Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.”
Jesus, fully God and fully man, responded as many of us would upon hearing troubling and sad news. His relative and the person Jesus considered as one greatest born among men (Matthew 11:11), had just been murdered by the state. How many emotions must have been running through Jesus at this point? In light of this, he decides to withdraw so he might be able to spend some time with his heavenly father to gain some clarity. Yet at his arrival on the other side, “he he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14. Jesus’ love and compassion for these people humbles and encourages me. Even in the midst of some of the worst news in His life, He still decides to love and encourage others, healing their wounds.
There was an old saying I was taught when growing up. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond.” We may not have a lot of control in light of a pandemic. We may have even less when it comes to government response. We may not have control over other people, but we still have the ability to control ourselves in light of all these things. We still have the ability to respond appropriately, in gentleness, kindness and love.
I pray you respond to Jesus’ love for your life. As he bound our brokenness and healed our sickness and forgave our trespasses and rebellion against Him, I pray your life would be lived out in a response to that love. When life gives you lemons or throws curve balls into your beaten and battled body, may you find comfort knowing Jesus loved even when he suffered. In your suffering, Christ will strengthen you as you seek to love Him and Serve Others.
You may find yourself at the end of your rope as Jesus did. And yet, there will still be duties that take you beyond your strength. Will you see the opportunity to have the heart of Christ?
Prayer of the day: “Dear Jesus, thank You for meeting my spiritual and physical needs. Help my thankfulness to overflow in the world so that I may glorify You through caring for other people.”
Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.