In our recent Sunday Series, we have looking at how the world views Jesus Christ and who He really is. This week we continue where we left off last week with Jesus being the gift.
Last week we ended with the words from a hymn from A.B. Simpson called Himself. The basic thrust of the song is that Jesus Christ is not just a giver of gifts, but He is the gift himself!
For another example of this, let’s go to Mark 5: 24-28.
So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
Here is a woman who has tried every remedy there is and it says has suffered under the doctors. Despite all of the money she has spent and all the time she has not gotten better. She is likely worse than she was.
She has been looking for relief in the wrong place. But, she has heard of Jesus now and goes to try to get close. Risking it all to go and just get close enough to touch him. Jesus feels her touch his robe, which is hilarious considering the crowd. But he calls her out of the crowd specifically and she is healed.
In an instant, she receives the healing she longed for.
There was no clearing of the mind, oils, methods, or thinking it away. Jesus removed it immediately.
Another similar example of this concept comes from the story of the rich young ruler in Luke 18.
There is a lot there to learn from, but ultimately what was the rich young ruler’s problem?
He completely misses the gift. He thinks that the stuff he has is more important than the gift of Jesus Christ. It isn’t a sin to be rich, but it is a sin to love your money more than God. Jesus diagnosed his heart and gave him the answer and sadly he walked away
Of course, humanity has always had this problem. We want to be our own God.
Today things are no different. We like our stuff and our methods for dealing with life’s hardships. The problem is that they are short-lived. Even if the physical body is better, there is still the soul that needs healing. Over the last year I have talked with many people who have suffered from various diseases. The question that I always wonder is how someone could get through something without Jesus Christ.
I have not been able to figure it out. I have also seen people try everything on their own to get well with no relief.
The remedy is in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the One we treasure, not just some physical blessing.
I trust that as you enjoy the day of worship and family that you will be drawn closer to the One who died for your sins! He is the only One who in an instant can do what no one else can. He already proved it through the cross!