Crowds Follow Jesus
7 Jesus went out to the lake with his disciples, and a large crowd followed him. They came from all over Galilee, Judea, 8 Jerusalem, Idumea, from east of the Jordan River, and even from as far north as Tyre and Sidon. The news about his miracles had spread far and wide, and vast numbers of people came to see him.
9 Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him. 10 He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed forward to touch him.
In our passage today, a crowd of people have come to see Jesus. Maybe they have come, because they are curious about his miracles and they want to touch the Truth that heals their minds. Maybe they have come, because they need physical healing and they reach out to touch deliverance and restoration in the power of his name. Or, maybe, they have come because they are hoping he is the Lamb who brings spiritual healing and they want to touch the forgiving love of Almighty God. Whatever the reason, the people need healing from Jesus.
My friends, I am no different from the crowd, because every day I need to touch him, too. I need to touch his love, grace, holiness, mercy, and life-giving ways. I reach out knowing he is at the same time reaching for me. I am his follower and I thank the Father every day for this beautiful life-giving connection I have in Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, this day is my day to enjoy fellowship with you. Let’s celebrate life, together. Thank you for letting me touch the splendor of your presence and enjoy you, today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.