2. Jesus Met the Physical Needs of Others
Jesus was others-focused. He spent his days and evenings surrounded by people, meeting their needs.
One of the more famous stories about Him is recorded in all four gospels. Jesus had been teaching a crowd of 5,000 men, plus women and children all day. By evening, they were hungry, so He fed them with five loaves of bread and two fishes.
There was a lot more to this miracle than merely feeding a hungry crowd. By doing so, He was able to make the larger point of His identity and life purpose.
In another instance, Jesus fed a different crowd, and in yet another, He gathered grain for his disciples. Even if He didn’t need food, He made sure those around Him ate.
We can make sure the hungry around us eat, too. I’m so encouraged by all the creative ways springing up to get food to the needy that I see on the news and social media.
We can participate in those efforts and our own. If your neighbor can’t go grocery shopping, do it for her. If you know someone who lost his job in the service industry, pick up extra items for him the next time you shop for your family and call to tell him you’re leaving them on his porch.
Bake an extra batch of cookies and take them to a mom you know with kids at home.
One of my friends called me up the other day and said she was driving down my street, and asked if I could come out to the mailbox. I grabbed my shoes, curiosity nipping at my heels.
She pulled up and the driver’s side window slid down, revealing her face swathed in a brightly-colored homemade mask.
She dangled a small gift bag from her fingers. “This is for you. I was just thinking about you and wanted you to know,” she said. Back inside my kitchen, I opened it to find a lemon-poppyseed loaf from a local bakery and a sweet note.
Jesus' ministry also focused on healing.
Jesus was divine, and He healed by the power of God. But right now, during the pandemic, He is using people and medicine to bring healing to the desperately ill.
Nurses and doctors giving unselfishly—even to the point of their own lives—make the news every day. If you are one of these caregivers, you are an angel in disguise.
If you are a Christian in the health professions, offering healing along with the name of Jesus can make an eternal difference. Franklin Graham’s organization, Samaritan’s Purse, does this on a large scale by sending teams into disease-ravaged areas to bring the physical and spiritual healing of Christ.
The United States military hospital ships and the Army Corps of Engineers-built temporary hospitals don’t just happen. People sacrifice their safety to work on these projects.
Those of us outside the medical field can aid by making masks and dropping off food for first responders. We can join our neighbors in posting signs expressing our gratitude for their service.
And if one of our family becomes ill, we can care for them while they isolate at home with utmost attention to the extra hygiene required. We can offer tenderness and love along with Tylenol, disinfectant, and clean pajamas.
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