As Christians, we are called to reflect Jesus Christ in all the ways of our life. We must reflect the character of Christ in our work, family and spiritual life.
Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6
Jesus was born and lived among us a common man. During his life he has set examples on how to live a victorious and blessed life. We can see his approach towards various life situations through his life, preaching, teachings etc.
The Holy Bible is all about Love. Jesus Christ is also all about love. Love one another, Love God. This is the basics of a Christian life. So this message is not about love, but about few other day-today situations we face in our life and how it should be addressed based on how Jesus acted in such situations.
Let us analyze an incident which is very common to all of us. Jesus healing a lady with a “Disease in her blood”. The incident is elaborated in 3 Gospels – Matthew 9:20–22, Mark 5:25–34, Luke 8:43–48.
Jesus was moving amid a huge crowd. He was heading towards the house of Jairus, a synagogue leader where his daughter was dying of sickness. The crowd was almost crushing Jesus.
The woman was suffering with bleeding for twelve years. She spent all her riches for her treatment, but in vain. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloth, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately she was healed.
Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Now let us examine how our Jesus responded in this situation.
1. Sensitivity of Jesus Christ
As we read above, the crowd was huge and Jesus was walking with his disciples in a rush. In spite of the crowd crushing him, Jesus could recognize the touch of the lady who was desperate to get cured. He could recognize the power flowing from him which healed the lady. Jesus was sensitive to the surroundings despite the rush and chaos around. Since he was sensitive, the lady was healed.
Let us ask ourselves how sensitive we are to our surroundings. When we are in this busy life, are we missing out our brothers and sisters around us who are desperate to reach out to us. May be a response from us could open new doors to them which can result in their deliverance. Let us keep all our senses open to see and listen to our fellow beings. Let us be sensitive to the cry of needy around us. Let us be sensitive to the people around us who need support in their physical, mental, spiritual and worldly life.
We saw that Jesus was moving towards the house of Jairus, a synagogue leader. Definitely Jairus was a respected person who has influence among people in the society. However, the lady who tried to reach Jesus was poor, sick, abandoned, ignored and considered as cursed in the society. But infront of our Lord Jesus, all are equal. All receive equal importance. Even though Jesus was going on an emergency to the house of a synagogue leader, he never ignored the poor in the society.
Jesus Christ demonstrated the perfect example to us in how to treat everyone equal. Let us ask ourselves, how fair are in dealing with the ones who are not in par with us – in terms of wealth education, health, our co-workers etc. Let us try to follow the example set by our Lord Jesus.
3. Patience – Time for all
We can imagine, how much urgency Jesus had during that journey. Huge crowd, going to the house of a dying child etc. In-spite of this situation, Jesus took time to stop at bleeding lady, who was desperate for healing. Jesus knows, this could be the only and right situation that lady might get. He don’t want to ignore the cry of the afflicted, though he was running on a emergency. Let us set Jesus as the perfect example in how to set time for everything during our busy life.
Let us ask ourselves, do we have enough time for our family, parents, church, our fellow beings in the society etc. Most importantly, do we have time for GOD who gives us all these. Do we have enough time to pray, worship and glorify our God. After-all, God only need us to be thankful and glorify Him in all our ways. Or are we TOO BUSY with our day today activities, which will end with a simple breath. Are we spending enough time and our blessings for His kingdom, so that we will have a place secured in the eternity. Let us ask ourselves again and again.
4. Peace Makers
After healing her from sickness, Jesus leaves the lady with a bonus – The gift of Peace. He bless her “Go in peace”. We can also be peace bearers in all the ways of our life – work place, family, church or playground. We can be peace makers rather than adding oil to a burning fire.
We must ask to ourselves – Are we doing enough to bring peace in the society where I live, or among the people I interact. It is not required to settle a quarreling crowd to be a peace bearer. We can bring peace to others by being a good listener to others issues, being supportive, being caring, offering our prayers to the needy, or even by just being with them when they feel worried and lonely.
For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son. (Romans 8:29)
Let us set Jesus Christ as our role model in all the ways of our life. Be sensitive and impartial. Manage time properly and find time for everything, most importantly for God. Let us be peace bearers. Let people who look us see reflection of our Lord Jesus in us.
May God bless you all.
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