In the days of Jesus’s ministry, one thing resonated with the people of Israel:
God’s love, through Christ, for his people was deep and real.
“And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.” – Luke 6:17-19, ESV
This scene in the bible happens right before Jesus gives his Sermon on the Mount preaching. Jesus had started his ministry, traveling from town to town and city to city spreading God’s love and healing people. These signs of Jesus’s healing were known to people as the workings and the miracles of God. What people didn’t realize in this time, was that Jesus was using the workings of miracles to teach people about himself and about the power and love of God.
In the passage above, it is interesting how the crowds flocked to Jesus because he was performing miracles, and “the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.”
The crowds were drawn to Jesus’s power and to his ability to heal them of all their diseases.
Does this drawing of people still happen and go on today?
During the ministry of Jesus Christ, Jesus made it extremely well known that he was the son of God. With this revelation, he traveled across regions spreading the gospel, healing and ministering to people, that they would accept him as Christ and receive redemption and salvation from God.
Jesus was not performing miracles only as a sign that he was the Messiah, Jesus was performing miracles as a sign that he was the father in one with Christ.
Jesus represented the unconditional love of God for his people; the manifestation of perfect love in human form.
This surpassing love of God had never been fully expressed in this way before.
Through the stories in the bible, we see the workings of God through miracles, and we see how God redeems and saves his people through repentance, and how the love of God is merciful and without flaw.
When Jesus enters into the picture, we see the radical love of God in new form.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13, ESV
God’s love, through Christ, was exemplified through the life of Christ, through the death of Christ, and through the resurrection of Christ. Through God’s perfect plan for the redemption of our souls, we have been bought with a high price.
God’s love for us is so real that he incarnated himself into a man, came down to earth and dwelled with his people, lived a life of holiness, and set the example for us to follow as his servants. This was the ultimate sacrifice.
Through the workings and the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us,
“If we have died with him, we will also live with him,” – 2 Timothy 2:11, ESV
God’s love surpasses reason, and it surpasses all logical understanding.
Love is well explained in 1 Corinthians chapter 13, versus 4-8, but even this passage does not give the full and total depths of God’s heart and his undying love for his people.
God loves us; God loves his people.
Through Christ, the people of Israel saw the workings of God’s hand in love. They witnessed the signs and miracles performed by Jesus, but I believe that what resonated the most with the crowds, was the love of Christ.
Jesus didn’t have to work signs and miracles to prove that he was the father in one with Christ, but he worked miracles anyway to reassure his people that he had come to save them in a way that had never been done before.
God loves us, and he sent himself down to die for our sins – a penalty that we all well deserved.
On this day, God is reassuring us of his love for us.
Our days have been numbered, and God knows exactly where you are when you are reading this. He wants you to know that he sees you, that he is with you, and that you are well.
Grace and peace fam.