“When Jesus Saw the Crowds”
Great crowds were following Jesus and great crowds have great needs. Jesus had been healing people and no doubt he could have spent every minute of every day dealing with disease and with other devastating factors in the people’s lives.
So Jesus looked at the great crowd that was following him, the great crowd with its endless needs—and he turned around and walked up a mountain; he changed his location, his position, and his perspective and by so doing changed the location, the position, and the perspective of the crowds.
Lord, as the Body of Christ in the world today, we who are the Church have a responsibility toward the crowds, a responsibility to deal with their hurts and needs—to deal with their lives—with your grace and love and Spirit.
Give us discernment and wisdom that we will know when, faced with such great need as we perpetually are, it is time to make a shift in our location, in our position, and in our perspective—for their sake and for our sake.
For in making the shifts that we must make we may lead them to make the ones that they must make—and we might all then see you more clearly.
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain…” (Matthew 5:1a).