Wednesday, April 04, 2007

# 9 Account of Jesus Healing in Group Settings - a Two-Fer!

Matthew 4:23-25 (New International Version)

Jesus Heals the Sick
23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. 25Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Matthew 9:35-36 (New International Version)

The Workers Are Few
35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Reflection: Jesus had compassion on so very many. We share the individual accounts of His healings from the Gospels, but the anecdotal stories of Him are even of more magnitude. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them. People flocked to Him for healing. And He healed, without exception...he healed, because of His compassion. Where's our compassion today? Can we have the compassion of Christ for everyone? Without it, we'll never see a miracle. With it, they'll be everywhere.

1 comment:

Mark H said...

Amen Marty.

My heart just aches and aches. Jesus healed without exception and He said we would do the same things, and greater. I'm daring to break with traditional wisdom and to take Jesus rather literally at His word, and I'm daring to let Father break my heart. There's no other way that I know.

weeping with you,