Today, I’d like you to consider the wounds that he might heal.
I love that in the Gospels, Jesus is all about the normal people who know their need for him. He hung out with fishermen — talk about salt-of-the-earth kind of people! He also spent time with the hated tax collectors and befriended prostitutes.
He didn’t hang out with the highly religious folks who thought they knew everything and did everything right.
For instance, there’s this great exchange between Jesus and a bunch of religious leaders one day who criticized him about this very thing:
Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?”
Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”
— Matthew 9:11-13
Jesus came to heal those who were sick. That’s the message he preached over and over — remember the very first words he spoke about his mission and ministry?
And those who were sick wanted to be near him. He brought good and welcome news to them, indeed.
What about you? Do you have the kind of experience of life where you know your need for Jesus and for healing? Are you aware of your wounds? In what ways are you sick and in need of healing?