Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” (Matthew 15:29-32).
Jesus went hiking up on some mountain by the Sea of Galilee. Thousands of people followed him there until there was a huge crowd with about four thousand men, not counting women and children. They brought the lame, the blind, the cripped, the mute and many others. For three days straight, Jesus healed one after another after another. Afterwards, Jesus miraculously multiplied the bread and fish to feed all the people.
Why did Jesus go up on the mountainside? To spend some quiet time alone with God? Did he go up there because he knew that thousands of people were going to seek him out for healing? We know that Jesus was the most amazing prophet there ever was. He certainly knew those people were going to seek him out for a touch from God. It touches my heart to see the depth of compassion that Jesus had on the people. He understood the amount of suffering each sick and handicapped person and their loved ones had gone through. He gladly one after another after another. He must have healed thousands. There was no doubting that Jesus would run out of spiritual strength to keep on allowing the power of God to flow from him. The anointing just kept flowing and flowing.
There must have been such rejoicing in that place. The lame were probably running around and jumping and whooping for joy after they had been healed. I can imagine the blind who could now see shouting and talking excitedly to their family members. I imagine a mother collapsed to the ground next to a tree weeping uncontrollably with gratefulness and joy as she watched her son crippled from birth taking his first steps. Spontaneous shouts of praise and singing to God must have been heard all over that mountainside for three days straight. After he had healed many, many people, Jesus still had concern for their physical needs. So he miraculously fed them. Afterwards the people must have walked away stunned and speechless with the incredible revelation in their hearts that God truly was real and He truly did love them.
People in our time have never seen such an outpouring of healing and miracles. Perhaps there were a few people healed here or there. But we have never seen God’s love and compassion poured out in such miraculous magnitude. And yet even in Jesus’ day, many did not go out to the mountainside; despite the evidence they refused to believe in him. If God chose today to heal thousands of people at a time, still many would not believe. Even though we may not have witnessed such miracles, we have the opportunity to place our faith in the same Christ Jesus who showed such compassion and power. He is the same God today, yesterday and forever. He has just as much compassion on each and every one of us as he did for those needy people in Galilee. He wants to meet our needs. Let us go to Him where He is. He’s not physically on a mountainside by the Sea of Galilee, but He is in heaven and, if we believe Him, in our hearts, too. Draw near to Him. Reach out a hand to Jesus. He loves you so much.
Dear Lord Jesus, I believe in You. I believe that You love me and that You still have compassion me. Despite my hurts and past, You love me. I run to You, Lord! Take me, redeem me, change me, heal me and make me truly Yours. Help me to never forget how good and compassionate You are. Fill me every day with moments of spontaneous worship because I remember how good You are. Fill me with Your Spirit, O Lord, and flow through me to pour out Your blessing and love to my neighbors through me. May I be a reflection of the Father’s love on earth.