Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Title: Jesus Crossing Over for Us
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
This is one of my favorite passages in the bible – a short paragraph with only 3 verses. In the past, I have read through this passage many times, but it never stands out to me. It is just another miracle Jesus did. However, in 2018, when I was preparing the bible study for my cell group, these verses simply came alive to me! I could imagine there was great celebration, rejoicing, hugging and crying with joy, laughter and dancing in jubilation. I could hear praises rising up to God, and the name of Jesus being lifted up high! The sick people brought in from every place were made well! People who were sick and bedridden for years were instantly healed by a touch on Jesus’ garment. I am sure their loved ones would definitely rejoice and celebrate with them in abounding joy! What an incredible scene this must have been!
However, I believe there were many in that time who continued in their illnesses, living under the dark shadows of weariness, suffering, sadness, and pains. These are the ones who have failed to run to Jesus. They either did not RECOGNIZE or know Jesus, or did not believe in what they had heard about Him, and their friends and relatives did not bring them to meet Jesus.
Verse 53 says Jesus “had crossed over,” – this phrase emphasized that Jesus is always “crossing over” to come near to humankind. Being the very God Himself, He crosses over to meet all those who are in need and restores them, bringing God’s abundant love and riches to them wherever they are. Notwithstanding where you are today – in the midst of the familiar challenging daily routine, stuck in a momentous crisis, or struggling with difficulties. Jesus is here with you. He is eager to meet with you, wherever you may be. Run to Him and reach out to Him, bring your friends and family members and relatives along, so that all of you who are weary and lost can be made well, find rest and celebrate with great joy. The Lord Jesus Christ does not turn away anyone who comes to Him in genuine humility.
For those who have already recognized or knew Jesus, when was the last time you ran to Jesus? When was the last time you brought your friends and family members who had been suffering from the oppressions of this world to Jesus? When was the last time you rejoiced and celebrated with someone you knew had been made well by Jesus? We have so much today that it is often hard for us to recognize our desperate need for God. Try running to Jesus in your prayers for yourself and others. You will surely find new strength in Him and restoration through Him. And perhaps you will participate in great celebration and joy with someone you brought to Him.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for searching for, seeking out, and finding all those who are lost or in need. O Lord, help us to believe in faith, knowing that you so love us, and that you will come to us in our time of need. Give us a compassionate heart to bring our family members and friends to come to know you because that is the only way they will be saved from the oppression of the evil one, find hope in their hopelessness, and break free from the eternal dead. Thank You Lord, for Your amazing grace and abounding love to all of us! Thank you!
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
这是圣经中我最喜欢的段落之一 – 只有3节经文的一小段。过去，我曾多次阅读这段经文，但它从来没有引起过我的注意；这只是耶稣所行的另一个神迹。然而，在2018年，当我在为我的细胞小组准备查经时，这些经文简直活现在我眼前！我可以想象那是一场盛大的庆典，充满欢欣雀跃、拥抱并喜极而泣、欢声笑语且欢腾起舞。我能听见赞美声上达上帝的面前，耶稣的名被高举！从各地被送来的病人都痊愈了！患病的以及卧床不起多年的人，只要摸耶稣的衣服，就能立即痊愈。我相信他们的亲人一定会欣喜若狂，和他们一起欢庆！这是多么不可思议的一幕啊！
不过，我相信在那个时期，还有许多人仍继续活在疾患中，生活在疲惫、苦难、悲伤和痛楚的阴影下。他们便是那些没有奔向耶稣的人。他们要么不 认得 或不知道耶稣，要么不相信他们所听到关于祂的事情，而且他们的亲戚朋友也没有带他们去见耶稣。
第53节说耶稣 “渡过去” – 这短语强调了耶稣总是 “渡过去” 亲近人群。祂自己既为上帝，祂渡过去与所有需要帮助的人相遇，并使他们复原，无论他们在哪里，祂都把上帝丰盛的爱和丰足带给他们。不管您今天身处何方 – 在熟悉的具有挑战性的日常生活中、身陷重大危机中，或在困难中挣扎，耶稣在您身边陪着您。无论您在何处，祂都切切渴望与您相遇。奔向祂，与祂建立联系，带上您的朋友、家人和亲戚一起来，好叫您们困倦和迷失的人得以康复，得到安息，欢欣喜乐地庆贺。主耶稣基督不会拒绝任何真诚谦卑地来到祂面前的人。