Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” And directing the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over. Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. And after sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.
(Matthew 15:29-39 ESV)
Jesus was God on earth. When we look at Jesus we see God. By studying His life and the way He interacted with people we learn what God is like.
In today’s passage Jesus healed the blind, the crippled, and the mute. He was concerned because the people were hungry and might faint on their long journey home. Jesus never turned anyone way who came to Him. This is exactly how God has operated from the beginning of time right up until the present.
God is a God of compassion. He cares about the people He has created. He feels our pain. When we hurt He hurts. It makes Him sad to see us sad.
We were created to enjoy life. God did not create us to suffer. But we do as a result of our own decisions to live apart from Him. Yet God is always ready, willing, and able to solve our problems if we simply come to him and lay our problems at His feet. That is, if we give up control of them and let Him handle them for us.
Time and time again we see people do this in the Bible [Matthew 21:28; Mark 2:1-12 et. al]. These are the people who get their problems solved. Those who won’t give up control to Jesus walk away disappointed [Mark 10:17-22]. There is no other remedy to our problems than Jesus.
Government can’t solve our problems. It is made up of flawed, imperfect thinking and acting human beings. Money can’t solve our problems. It usually only creates more of them. Neither can sex, drugs, nor alcohol. They can only make us forget our problems for just a little while.
Only God can cure us. But He isn’t going to do it against our will. We need to come to Him, acknowledge Him for who He is – our benevolent, loving Father who wants to take care of us and give us the best He has to offer.
But human pride keeps us from doing that. We’d rather live apart from Him like an rebellious teenager who thinks they have all the answers. And that is why the world is a mess and is only getting worse. Nothing good can come apart from God [James 1:17].
As we read the life of Jesus we see that God cares about every aspect of our life. He cares about our spiritual needs. He cares about our physical afflictions. And He cares our routine, daily needs. He cares about everything from the mundane to the eternal.
Not only that, but He cares about all people no matter what their background or lifestyle. He cares about the Jew and the Gentile, the male and the female, the gay and the straight. There is no one on earth whose hurt God does not see and whose hurt He does not want to erase.
When people in need came to Jesus, He acted to solve their issues. God’s compassion motivates Him to act. Caring is not simply feeling. It is doing.
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