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PostSubject: Issue #88 Tue, 4 Jul 2006   March 12th 2007, 00:01

Ministry of Love

Dear Youth,

Did you know that Jesus spent more time healing the sick than He did teaching? A lot of His time spent here on earth was devoted to healing the sick and helping the poor. Today I would like to take another look at the ministry of Jesus.

Jesus' ministry here on earth can be summed up in one word "love". Jesus loved us so much that he came to this earth and died that we might have the promise of eternal life. It was because of his love for us that he spent time healing the sick, making the lame to walk and the blind to see. Isaiah 61:1, 2 says; "The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath annointed me to preach good tiding unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn". Throughout His whole life on this earth Jesus was ever seeking to do something for someone else. "The life of Christ was filled with words and acts of benevolence, sympathy, and love. He was ever attentive to listen and relieve the woes of those who came to him" (The Story of Redemption p. 204).

Jesus had a special love for children. In Mark 10:13-15 we find a story that shows us how much he loved these little children. Jesus was talking to some Pharisees, answering their questions that were once again devised to trap Him. While He was there talking with the Pharisees some mothers came asking Him to lay hands on their children and bless them. Jesus' disciples, seeing that He was busy, tried to send them away. When Jesus saw what the disciples were doing "he was much displeased, and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. And he took them up in his arms put his hands upon them, and blessed them" (Mark 10:14,16). Jesus was always kind, and He always had time for those who sought his blessing.

Jesus cared about others and it was this that led him to the bedside of the sick and dying. Jesus never refused to go to the house of one who was sick and he never turned away one who needed help. Jarius needed help. He had only one daughter and he loved her very much. She was twelve years old and at this time she lay dying. He came to Jesus and "fell at his feet, and besought him that he would come into his house… But as he went the people thronged him" (Luke 8:41,42). After a while someone came to him with a message saying that it would be no good to trouble Jesus because his daughter had already passed away. "But when Jesus heard it he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole" (Luke 8:50).

Jesus went to Jarius' house and went to the room where his daughter lay dying. He told the mother and father not to fear because she was not dead but just sleeping. At that he "took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway. "(Luke 8:54, 55).

These are just two of the many miracles and acts of kindness that Jesus performed. The life of Jesus is to be an example to us. We should seek to perform as He did, small acts of kindness to our fellow beings. There is always something we can do to brighten up someone's day. Maybe you could take some flowers to an elderly person that lives near by, smile at the lady in the wheelchair in the shopping centre, bake some cookies to take to your neighbour, help a friend at school that needs help with his homework, say hello to the new kid in school or simply give a smile to someone who might be feeling down. There are many ways in which we can minister to those around us. Why not give of your self to someone else today! For God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

--Talisa Jackson

PLEASE NOTE: All Bible verses are taken from the King James Version, unless stated otherwise.
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