53 They went across the lake and landed at Gennesaret. There they tied up the boat. 54 As soon as Jesus and his disciples got out, people recognized him. 55 They ran through that whole area to bring to him those who were sick. They carried them on mats to where they heard he was. 56 He went into the villages, the towns and the countryside. Everywhere he went, the people brought the sick to the market areas. Those who were sick begged him to let them touch just the edge of his clothes. And all who touched his clothes were healed.
This passage provokes the awe and wonder I have for Jesus. As I read these verses, I can only imagine the scenes of people being immediately drawn to Jesus, seeking healing and a touch from Him. The presence of our Saviour brings an attraction like no other, to those that know of His power and grace.
It wasn’t only this that brought people to Him, but the faithfulness of the people. They knew Who Jesus was, and knew His ability to bring healing. Verse 54 says, “they ran throughout the whole area, carrying sick people on mats to wherever they heard He was”, and this highlights the anticipation and desperation they had to encountering Christ. They knew His abilities, and ran towards Him.
I am encouraged by this, to run to God in all that I face, knowing that He is with me and for me. Jesus brought people in and directed them to Himself. This challenges me to ‘be’ Jesus to those around me and lead them to our King.
God, thank You for the miracles You do in my world every day. Please help me to run towards You in all that I do. May I have complete faith in Your power, and may the way I live proclaim Your faithfulness.
Written by Laura Samperi