This Week’s Devotional Thought

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:35-36)

Are you ever uncomfortable in a hospital? It’s natural to be. You walk down the halls past countless rooms, and through the open doors you see so much sickness, so much hurt, so much pain.

You see broken limbs, wrapped in casts. You hear the quiet whirr of machines that are helping people to breathe. You see IV bags dripping antibiotics into patients to help cure them of, well, who knows what awful sickness they’re battling? It’s natural to want to get out, to pull away.

Jesus’ heart is so different than ours. He saw a world of sickness, hurt and pain, and he didn’t want to get out or run away. He drew closer.

What was that world like? A place where you could hear the cries of people who were filled with guilt, and only told of a God who would hate them for their sins. He could see lepers whose decaying bodies didn’t bother them as much as the loneliness and rot they felt in their hearts. He walked among people with healthy limbs but breaking and broken homes and lives. And he drew closer. He had to – he loved them.

The reason we can rejoice, the reason why we don’t have to fear death, the reason why we don’t have to feel the guilt of our sins anymore, is because Jesus drew near to us and saved us when we couldn’t save ourselves.

He came to us who were hurting, lonely, afraid of the future, and afraid of judgment, and gave us his holy life so that we could live in peace and confidence in this life and the next.

Happy to know that my Savior came for me, just like he did for you!

Pastor Hanneman