And when He went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick. Matthew 14:14
Does it get any simpler than that? He, Jesus, felt compassion on the multitude and healed them. I would have loved to have been in that multitude. Can you imagine the excitement as crowds of people saw blind eyes open, lame legs start walking, people healed of diseases and sicknesses? It makes me think of rock concerts I used to go to back in the days when I could stay awake past 9 pm! My personal favorite was Rod Stewart. Long lines of people would be waiting outside the building; some had been camped there from the night before, others coming throughout the day, all prepared to sit and wait for the doors to open. The excitement was contagious; everyone was anticipating a great evening. One we had been looking forward to for months.
Once the doors were opened the lines moved in and the noise in the building was incredible. Excited voices filled the air. People rushed to find their seats and friends and then wait some more. Hurry up and wait. It was always worth it. I never went to one I regretted.
I imagine this crowd was every bit as excited. And to think that Jesus could draw a crowd like that with no news release, no Facebook, no Twitter, no tickets bought weeks before, just word of mouth. People just came; a great multitude came to see Jesus, to hear Him and He felt compassion for them and healed them. I wonder did He heal them all in one fantastic moment, did they stand in line, did this take hours or minutes? However it happened, heaven just burst on the scene and multitudes got healed. Wow! That’s better than a rock concert any day.
That same Jesus is still feeling compassion for hurting people. People whose lives have been interrupted by pain – spiritual, physical, emotional, relational, financial. Pain He is willing and able to heal them of. Sometimes healing happens in that one fantastic moment and sometimes healing is a gradually progressive thing. Either way, it is heaven bursting on the scene of our lives and healing us at our greatest point of need. You don’t have to camp out over night, you don’t have to stand in long lines, you don’t even need a ticket – just bring your pain to Jesus and let Him touch you as only He can do.
Jesus, my Healer, my Great Physician, thank You for Your compassion towards me. Thank You, that as I come to You, as I lean on You, as I look to You, You touch my life with healing – healing I can’t find anywhere else. To You be the glory, to You be the honor, to You be all the praise. Amen.