After they crossed the lake, they came to the shore at Gennesaret. The people in that place saw Jesus. They knew who he was. So they told the other people all around there that Jesus had come. The people brought all their sick people to Jesus. The people begged Jesus to let them only touch his coat to be healed. And all the sick people that touched Jesus' coat were healed.
— Matthew 14:34-36 NLT
While Jesus is in a very busy time in his ministry, a time when he wants to focus on the disciples and their preparation for his departure, he still makes time for the demanding crowd. He is there to help. With the crowds, he is compassionate. There is not much chance that they can or will understand who he is or what he is about until after the cross. But still he ministers and cares for them even when, maybe especially when, they cannot give him anything in return. Not only does he have power, he also has compassion. Rather than acting like a spoiled modern athlete who doesn't want to give autographs, Jesus makes himself available to the crowd to give of himself.
Loving God and Father of all people, soften my heart to be more aware, patient, and actively compassionate with those who are broken. Give me eyes to see more than just my own problems. Teach me to serve in a way which honors you and blesses others. Please give me wisdom to know when and how to help those in need whom you place in my path. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Mark 1:38-45
- James 2:14-17
- 1 John 3:18
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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