Being the Savior was no easy task. In His early ministry, Jesus healed the sick, told people of God and His message, and trained his disciples. People began to gather and crowds started to form. They crawled out of the woodwork to see the Master, be healed or be part of His band. Jesus kindly met the crowds, healed the sick, spoke the truth and trained His folks. But it became more and more difficult to share the message over the noise of His celebrity.
The great news is that Jesus was not about the celebrity. He was about changing the world and saving mankind from itself. So, as He healed the sick, raised the dead, spoke the truth and trained His men–He always did it with the mission in mind. He would become the sacrifice; so that people could again have a personal relationship with God. A meaningful, eternal relationship–without the need of an intermediary like a high priest. He knew such a change would have dramatic impact and make Him unpopular among the religious elite. But, never the less, He continued to make each day count.
It is difficult too make each day count on the journey. It sometimes seems pointless or hopeless–in today’s Godless culture. Jesus knew it would require discipline, and He promised to provide His spirit to bring hope, training and comfort. We need to seek Him with the faith it takes to trust His plan is the right plan. We need to set our hearts and minds on things above (Colossians 3:1-2). Like Jesus, we need to walk toward the goal; with our purpose in mind–execute the mission He has laid out for us. It may not always seem glamorous, but, it will prepare us for an amazing Journey that ends in Glory!!!
God Bless You
When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”
The Cost of Following Jesus
18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Jesus Calms the Storm
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”