And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all. Luke 6:17-19
Everybody wanted to be near Jesus. In today’s verses Luke tells us they came from all over, Judea, Jerusalem, Tyre and Sidon. People brought their sick family and friends just so they could touch Jesus. Just a touch and they were healed. With so many coming from all over to be near Jesus one would think that He would have had everyone believe what He taught. There should have been thousands who believed that Jesus was the Messiah yet the New Testament does not bear this out.
Could it be that many of these people were there not for Jesus but for what Jesus could do for them? They were more interested in getting their earthly ailment cured rather than learning about the eternal healing Jesus was teaching. For many the popularity of Jesus was more based on what He could do for them rather than what they needed to do for God. They were looking for what I call the Santa Clause Jesus.
We still do this today. I know I am guilty of coming to Jesus with a laundry list of what I want Him to do for me. Heal this and give me that and by the way how about some more of that. I make my prayer time a one way street of demands rather than a dialog with God. I do not take to time to be still and listen to what He is trying to tell me.
Too often we just want to take and not give back. But a relationship is not a one way street. We need to give back to God. In fact the giving should be more from us to Him rather than the reverse. God has already given us more than we will ever deserve when He gave us eternal life. We need to give back our worship, our tithes and our time. We need to pay His gift forward by telling others about Jesus and the wonderful free gift of salvation. Not because He needs any of this but because He asked us to do it. We need to be obedient to Him.
Think about it. Had everyone who Jesus healed became a follower how much more quickly would the Gospel message have spread? And today, what if everyone who God gave the gift of eternal life was out there telling others about the gift how much sooner would all the world know about Jesus and how much sooner He will return?
Have a blessed day,