Good News

He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons and news about Him spread throughout the land. The crowds were saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” Jesus answered faith with miracles.

“Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.'” (Matthew 9:35-38 NASB)

Jesus cast His light upon God’s Law and His Prophets. He proclaimed the good news from His Father, the gospel of the kingdom. His heart stirred with compassion for the people. I wonder about our own hearts. Are we still burning to tell others or have negative experiences quieted our voice? Are we still sharing with strangers or are we fearful of what they will think of us? Are we still concerned that the poor hear God’s good news or has distance helped us forget them? If we believe in Jesus coming soon, shouldn’t we be?

Then the harvest was plentiful, maybe not so much today. But what if there is only one or two for each to reach, they won’t hear if we remain silent. And what if the harvest is bountiful in places far away, it is, and needs us to plead and give support until that glorious day. Jesus felt compassion for the distressed and downcast. That was me. How about you? Compassion still works miracles. Amen.