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About-Him.Com Devotional 03-08-2014
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Jesus is Calling

Matthew 9:35 ¶  And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
 

When Jesus looked out upon the multitude that was following Him, He was moved with compassion. Jesus had compassion on the multitude because He knew what was in the hearts of men (Lu. 6:8; Jn. 2:24-25). Jesus still knows what is in our hearts today and He still has compassion on us all.  

As we look through the bible, we see that people in that day were no different than we are today. Each person in that crowd had a reason for being there and a story to tell. Some folks were simply following Him because they expected something to eat (Jn. 6:26). Perhaps they had heard about Jesus feeding 5000+ people with a few loaves and fishes. Others were hoping to see some spectacular miracles. Jesus healed those in the crowd who were  sick and diseased, but they needed more than physical healing, they needed a Shepherd.  What do people expect from Jesus today?  

One man in the crowd may have fit the description of the laborer who waited daily in the marketplace  for someone to give him a day’s work (Mt. 20:1). I assume that there were some days that this  man didn’t get hired and as a result, his children didn’t have a lot to eat. He probably wondered, what can this preacher do for me?  

There were always Pharisees following Jesus. Some were just men making honest inquiry, such as Nathanael (Jn. 1:48-49) and Nicodemus (Jn.3:1-2) and others were outright hypocrites (Mt. 23:13).  

Another  in the crowd probably identified with the prodigal son.  He was tired of endless work on his father’s farm and longed to see what the world had to offer. He wanted some of that wine women and song that he’d heard about (Mt. 15:11-32). Jesus couldn’t help him in that regard, but He does have an ample supply of the new wine from heaven (Ac. 2:15-18).  

There may have been some troubled women such as the woman at the well (Jn. 4:7) and the prostitute whom the Pharisees were about to kill when she was taken in adultery (Jn. 8:11). Some of her clients may have been hiding out in the in the crowd also. Ya think?  

We can probably identify with some of these folks. One thing that is certain: Whether we are a smug Pharisee or like the  Syrophoenician women who in spite of racial prejudice was seeking healing for her daughter (Mk. 7:25-30), we are all in need of a Savior and Jesus is the only Savior of the world (Ac. 4:12; 1 Jn. 4:14).  

We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Ro. 3:23) and the gospel of Christ is our only remedy.  

Romans 1:16 ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  

Jesus sees us in our need just as He saw the people in His day.  

Luke 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
 

Whatever our problems are, Jesus has the answer. His call is still going forth to us today.  

Matthew. 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29  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.
30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
 

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