Pastor’s Pen: Christ’s Response to Sunday

In the gospel of Mark we are told this, “…the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases.” (Mark 1:32-34a)

What I find here isn’t just what Jesus did. He healed people of diseases and demon-possession. He helped people. Matthew 9:36 and Matthew 14:14 both tell us that Jesus “had compassion” on people. He saw their needs, desired to help and took action to help.

Yet, Jesus’ helping isn’t what I find amazing today. What is amazing is what Jesus didn’t do. He didn’t have them fill out an application and base His help on whether they agreed with Him or not.

He didn’t help only those who were His disciples. He didn’t hate those who were in need, even if they came solely for healing or food and not really for spiritual guidance.

Jesus showed love to towns and crowds of people, who may or may not ever become His followers.

This past Sunday there was a heinous act of terror inflicted on people, people doing things at the time with which you may or may not agree. But they were people, created in the image of God.

They were people Jesus would have loved. They have family and friends that Jesus loves – not because He agrees with their decisions, just as He doesn’t always agree with mine – but because they are people He created. How would Jesus react to this situation?

I don’t think He would ask for applications as to someone’s beliefs or what religion they follow. I don’t think He would picket or even ignore the situation. I think He would show love for people.

There are few people you will agree with completely. I am certain that there is not a single person in my own church, where I work and choose to attend, not one that I agree with on every single topic. Most are small issues, but even with larger issues I am still to show them love.

As you and I show love there will be personal opportunities or even group opportunities to share more. Look for them and take them with excitement. Be ready to share with people the good news of Jesus Christ and salvation. (1 Peter 3:15) But begin with loving people.

Loving people doesn’t mean you agree with everything they do or stand for. Loving people doesn’t mean you are better than them. Loving people means being a humble servant of the Lord, who desires you to serve others as He served us. (John 13:15) What do we do in a situation like this?

The answer is simple. Love. Are you willing to show love to others, even those with whom you do not agree?

“... A town on a hill cannot be hidden… In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)