In some cities, the people brought the sick into the streets and sought The Lord to heal them. And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. (Mark 6:56)
However as Jesus left Jericho, two blind men were crying their hearts out for him to come and heal them, but the people rebuked them and told them to hold their peace (Matthew 20:31). Why was it that the people in one city shunned the needy, but people from another city brought them to Jesus?
There are two reasons why this could occur. The first cause would be that the people who shunned away the needy had a distorted view of Jesus: who he was and what he could do. Those who had this diminished or wrong view of Jesus failed to see his willingness and ability to heal or save those who would come to him.
Another possible reason why people pushed the needy away from Jesus was because they had a selfish view of him. They didn’t care about those who lived around them, but instead were concerned only about what they needed or desired and what they could get from Jesus.
We aren’t any different today. What we believe about Jesus determines what we will do with him. If we recognize Jesus’ ability and purpose, we will strive to aid him in his work at reaching out to the needy. However if we fail to see this, our view will be what can Jesus do for me?
How do you see Jesus? The question can be best answered with another question. What are you doing with Jesus? Are you sharing with others how you have experienced his love, forgiveness, strength and mercy or do you simply hoard what you get from Jesus?
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