As Christians, we are to be like Christ. But what was Christ like? His adult life began by traveling throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and healing every disease and sickness among the people. He changes water to wine to bail out a wedding host. He had an engaging conversation with a social outcast at a well. He physically touched a leper, cleansing him. He cured Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever. He stilled a storm, calming the fears of his friends. A woman reached for the hem of his garment and he allowed her to be healed. He raised the synagogue leader’s daughter from the dead. And more… and more...
I’ve wondered many times why so much ink was dedicated to these social situation miracles instead of more details on His teachings – doctrines to abide by. But then maybe he was teaching us – how to be like him.
Remember the big two commandments? And the following words that all the Law and the prophets hang on these two commandments? Jesus truly loved all those people He interacted with and He used the powers he possessed to help them. In the process:
- God was glorified
- He established His own credibility
- He left each place better than he found it
- The light from His presence spread far and wide
He was modeling for us what the 2nd greatest command looks like and illustrating a standard for those who would later aspire to emulate Him.