Psalm 54:4 (NIV)
4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
Matthew 14:14-21 (NIV)
“14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
John 18:36 (NIV)
36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
I can only imagine. What would draw a crowd like that, in the middle of nowhere, on a work day, on the rumor of a great speaker and healer? What would drive people to go? The need for healing, the need for what He offers. Then the crowds are not disappointed for He had compassion for them. After a day of healing (and probably talking about the true God in ways they had never heard), there’s a huge crowd still there. The disciples come to Christ and say something along the lines of: “Hey Boss – man, it’s getting late and there’s a ton of folks here and we don’t have anything to feed them. Stop for a while and have them go find some food because no one is leaving on their own! What’s with these people?”
Captivating, powerful, intense. Imagine, coming out and having your terminally sick/”deformed”/hopeless case cured by this guy. And while He’s at it, He’ll tell you about God in such a way that it’ll rock your world, in a way that will pin you to your seat. The people of the day knew the Psalms and here comes this guy who knows more about them than they, and all the religious leaders of the day do. No wonder He drew crowds. No wonder people die for him everyday.
Question: would it take a miracle to believe He is who He says He is? Obviously, the answer is yes these days. It took a miracle for me to believe. Why? Why is it so hard to just believe?
We have words to apply: Surely God is my help. When Jesus saw them he had compassion on them and healed their sick. My kingdom is not of this world.
Stop and think for a moment of the miracles in your life. Are they all your doing? Are they all part of a random evolutionary process (that just happened to start somewhere, somehow)? I think not. We have the records, the reports, the history, and more confirming evidence is dug up (literally) every day. What evidence do you have in your life?
Christ didn’t heal everyone in the world while He was here. He healed many that came to him, but many never came forward to believe and never had the chance to be healed. Yes, some weren’t healed – like Paul when God told him that He wasn’t taking away the pain, the thorn in his flesh, because God’s grace was sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10), and that was God’s choice.
I know that one day there will be a day when no one leaves, when we’re in the New Kingdom. Please be part of that crowd, not the one He didn’t heal because they never came forward.