Jesus Cared and Shared
The first thought that comes instantly when the mesmerizing word “Jesus” is spelled out, even secular critics say that it is the care He exhibited for people – especially the sick, the down-trodden and the destitute – and the matchless love and precious peace He shared with everyone. In fact in his own words Jesus identifies himself with compassionate love as recorded in John 13:35, “All men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Though Jesus’ care and shareing are inter-related, let us elaborate on each of these integrated dynamics of Jesus’ phenomenal life 2,000 plus years later.
Jesus cares. A phenomenal benchmark example of the care Jesus has for us is illustrated aptly in John 11:35, “And Jesus wept.” The Lord of mercy knew perfectly well that in the next few epic moments He’s about to ‘resurrect the dead Lazarus’ but then why did Jesus weep? Simply because the compassionate Jesus could not help but be moved with tears when He saw the de-shelved, distressed and sobbing sisters Martha and Mary who were mourning for their dead brother Lazarus. Jesus wept because He cared. And anytime anyone of us weep because of the problems we face, Jesus weeps for us – though He knows He is soon to perform a miracle in our lives to relieve us from our precarious situation. Jesus cares. Amen.
Jesus shares. The most defining example for what Jesus shared with us was of course is His entire precious life, that He willingly gave up to save us. However, I have unfolded a rare but definitely a poignant sample here which deeply moved me – “my peace I give you” (John 14:27).
The unique and exclusive factor about the ‘peace’ Jesus shares with each one of us is that Jesus is the first ever person to have lived who said and offered ‘My’ peace I give you. Even now, we frequently hear people saying ‘Peace be with you’, and such as ‘Salam alay kum’ (in the Middle Eastern countries), etc. But Jesus on the other hand shared with us His peace which of course is the most serene, exclusive and absolutely peaceful of all the peace that had God created.
Just for a moment close your eyes and imagine the peace of the most peaceful man on earth, in fact, the creator and initiator of peace – Jesus’ peace descending upon us. Jesus was so peaceful that even on that cruel cross, He asked His Father, the Almighty God, to forgive us and that too in a soft faint whisper.
What I have written here is nothing new. It has been preached for millenniums from behind the pulpits, podiums, stages, evangelistic auditoriums and stadiums, in concerts and seminars by men of all walks of life. But have we ever cared with the love that Jesus proclaimed and preached? Have we ever had the time to share the unique ‘peace’ that Jesus shares through His teachings, messages and commands?”
The precious verses recorded in John 13:35 and John 14:27 by the spoken words of Jesus – have they gone unread by our unseeing eyes, unheard by our deaf ears, unspoken by our dumb mouths, unpracticed by our hardened hearts? Is this what Jesus meant when He said “Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?” (Mark 8:17-18).
Considering all the chaotic turbulence that is happening around us, it is time we Christians begin to understand the matchless love and the precious peace of Jesus. Jesus cared and shared through His priceless blood, without which our salvation would not be possible. Therefore, let us re-initiate our Christian life by beginning to care with His love and by sharing the peace of Jesus. Amen.