How many times does it ever enter the…
How many times does it ever enter the minds of people that Jesus doesn’t care?
What if it were possible to prove beyond all doubt Jesus does care? Well, it is.
The proof is in the parallel passages of Matthew chapter eight and Mark chapter one.
Jesus had been active. He had cured the demon-possessed man (Mark 1:21). He healed a leper and the Centurion’s servant (Matthew 8:1-5). In all there were 10 miraculous healings performed by Jesus and all on the Sabbath day.
Why did he do this? And, why did he do all this on the Sabbath?
Jesus was never too tired to help someone. To him, people are important. Their afflictions drew his immediate attention because he loved them. He wasn’t violating the Law of Moses ― far from it ― he was concerned about people because they are his creation (Colossians 1:15-17).
On one occasion, Jesus told the Pharisees, “Which of you, if you have a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on the Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” (Luke 14:5 NET). They would do that for an animal, but they thought Jesus caring for his creation was wrong.
That Jesus did all this on the Sabbath was important because as long as there were people who needed help, he would help them. Why? He would help them because he loved them. He loved them all!
And, so the prophecy of Isaiah 53:4 is noted here: “In this way what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled:”He took our weaknesses and carried our diseases,” (Matthew 8:17 NET).
So, now, do you believe Jesus cares about you? And, what about the sin that plagues your life and rips your mind in two? When your eyes are wide open at night and your heart hurts because sin has separated you from your God, did you know Jesus cares and wants to do something to help? He does.
In 1859, William Hunter wrote the words to a great hymn: “The Great Physician:”
“The great Physician now is near,
The sympathizing Jesus;
He speaks the drooping heart to cheer,
Oh! hear the voice of Jesus.
Sweetest note in seraph song,
Sweetest Name on mortal tongue;
Sweetest carol ever sung,
Jesus, blessed Jesus.”
All the Lord Jesus wants you to do is obey the gospel. He can help with your hurt and he can cure your sin sickness because he cares about you. He simply wants what’s best for you. Remember when he said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV).
Isn’t it time to let the Great Physician help?