Friday, June 5, 2015

Jesus sees You as Very Important (Because He Cares)

Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, ‘Come and stand in front of everyone.’ Then he turned to his critics and asked, ‘Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?’ But they wouldn’t answer him” (Mark 3:1-4, NLT).

Mark points out that Jesus “noticed” the man with the deformity. The synagogue must have been filled, especially since this was the Sabbath and Jesus had been drawing crowds because of his healing and teaching. Add to that number the disciples and the Pharisees. Yet Jesus saw this man. Jesus “noticed” him. Perhaps the man was near Jesus and his entourage, or maybe he walked up to Jesus. Or he may have approached Jesus after Jesus looked at him. Whatever the case, Jesus “noticed” him.

The Pharisees did, too, but they did not see a man in need; they saw only an opportunity for possibly accusing Jesus of wrongdoing as a Sabbath-breaker. (Beware of seeing people to find faults instead of looking for ways to serve others).  They were more concerned about protecting their laws than freeing a person from suffering. (Sorry, another comment. This is probably why I fear that if Malaysia implementing Shariah Law in all states, the people will be living in fear as other Islamic-government-Arab-countries experiencing now, both the innocent-Muslims and non-Muslim citizens. Shariah Law is cruel and inhumane. Laws supposed to liberate and bring peace not to imprisoned people with fear and suffering). Jesus, however, knew the value of this man. “You are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31) and “How much better and more value is a man than a sheep!” (Matthew 12:12). Jesus “noticed” this man not as an object or as a discussion topic but one of God’s special creations – and Jesus acted accordingly.

Think about this: Nothing escapes Jesus’ notice. Regardless of the circumstances or surroundings, he sees us. Whether our needs are obvious, as in the case of the man and his deformed hand, or hidden, Jesus knows about them. And he sees us with compassion. Jesus sees you. He “noticed” you. How cool is that! Imagine him looking at you, smiling, and gesturing for you to come to him. How do you feel? What happens next? Remember, you are important to Jesus.

Bring all your burdens and cares to God because he cares for you
(1 Peter 5:7)

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