They came, tons of them, bringing along the paraplegic, the blind, the maimed, the mute—all sorts of people in need—and more or less threw them down at Jesus’ feet to see what he would do with them. He healed them. When the people saw the mutes speaking, the maimed healthy, the paraplegics walking around, the blind looking around, they were astonished and let everyone know that God was blazingly alive among them.
But Jesus wasn’t finished with them. He called his disciples and said, “I hurt for these people. For three days now they’ve been with me, and now they have nothing to eat. I can’t send them away without a meal—they’d probably collapse on the road.” (Mat 15:29)
I read this, and my thoughts range around what I’d been seeing in the media this month. From the soft pictures of a well-heeled ‘Disney style’ family living life large somewhere hot to the open extremes of a drowned migrant child on a beach in the Mediterranean and bomb-blasted women and children in Gaza …
And while governments and think tanks debate on the causes (and no doubt even more radical solutions), we who personally know ‘The Solution’ as Jesus – the Living and Accredited Messiah of God, can make a huge difference by proactively lovingly interacting with all those who are hurting around us as Jesus taught us…
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognise that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” (John 13:34).
Think about it: how else will everyone know that Jesus is still hurting and that GOD is blazingly alive among us?
Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.” (Rev 3:6)
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