Who Is Jesus Devo: Pouring Out and Filling Up S2 E4
“At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah. 42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” - Luke 4:40-43
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” - Luke 5:16
The Love and Compassion of Jesus
Can you imagine the healing touch of Jesus? The look in his eyes as he placed his hands on person after person and healed them? I love this scene of Jesus. Friends, never forget, Jesus loves people! Even after a hectic morning in the synagogue, Jesus pours out all day, laying his hands on and healing the sick. He gives, he gives, and he gives. His compassion is incredible. He healed Simon’s mother-in-law. He healed the leper. Are you in need of Jesus love, compassion, and healing grace? See him waiting for you to come to him. What are you waiting for?
Solitude with the Father
At the end of many of his full days of ministry, Jesus (in his first coming) was tired. A good kind of tired. And for those who follow Jesus and minister to people (as all believers are called and empowered to do!), we too can find ourselves tired. The truth is the needs and demands are never ending. And even during Jesus’ earthly ministry, he disappointed people who “were looking for him” and “tried to keep him from leaving.”
Where did Jesus find rest and renewal? Alone with the Father.
We could learn a thing or two from Jesus in our hectic modern on-the-go lifestyle. Ya think? Take time to stop. Withdraw. Push pause. Get alone with God. When you find yourself tired, weary, stuck, anxious, uncertain… what you need is time with God. Strength and direction in life come from the place of communion with the Father. Other people will always have an agenda for your life, but never forget, your calling and your renewal come from God.
May we, like Jesus, pour out His grace and love on people around us and may we fill up in times of solitude with the Father.