MUSING – April 12 2018
“As soon as they stepped out of the boat, the people recognized Jesus. They ran all over the countryside and began to carry the sick on cots to any place where they heard he was. Whenever he would go into villages, cities, or farms, people would put their sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch the edge of his clothes. Everyone who touched his clothes was made well.”
Can’t you just hear the excitement in the voices of these people? “The healer had landed at our shores. Bring the sick to be healed!” And they came running. Really running to be first in line to be healed of their illnesses and infirmities. Relatives and friends carrying those unable to reach him on their own.
And he healed them even if they only got close enough to touch his clothing. The more he healed, the more they came crowding in around him. What power was cracking through the air.
And yet, these people came with too small of reasons and requests. He came to do so much more than make the lame to walk and the blind to see. He came to set free their immortal souls.*
Yes, Jesus cares about our mortal bodies and our daily lives. But how much more concerned is he with our forever-lives?
When you come to the Lord seek first the kingdom of God and the remainder will also be given.**
*Luke 4:17-21 and Isaiah 61:1
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