“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Jesus knew what sacrifice was. He came to this world to give of himself so that others could have life. He knew that we were in need of help. He knew that we were lost without Him and His love.
In the Word of God, there is much truth, much guidance, and much about God.
But you can still know the Bible and be lost, you can still know the Bible and not know God. Does that mean that the Bible is bad? No by no means is the word of God bad. There are many that act as if they know the Word but do not know God.
As a man, we don't like to admit we are weak. But man I got my backside kicked this past Sunday. My beautiful wife gets up early every morning to faithfully workout. She is a Beachbody coach, and she pushes herself. She has been faithfully working out for probably 3 years now. I, on the other hand, am a half-hearted triathlete. Which means that her workouts are very different from mine.
Suffice it to say, she works out her entire body weekly, and I do very repetitious exercises for long durations to build endurance. She is strong. I am strong at three specific movements. At her pleading, I have tried to do more strength training, but it is very irregular.
What good is a hospital, if sick people can't go to it to feel better?
What good is a church if people that make mistakes can't go to it to get the support, help and, love that they need?
A hospital was not made for healthy people.
A Church was not made for the perfect.
It says in Romans, none of us are perfect.
If a church was for the perfect it would do no good at all.
Some of the people I know that don't go to church just don't feel like it has any relevance. They don't feel like it would meet their needs. Church to them is not important.
Let me ask you this, have any of you ever been hurt by a church in the past, whether you have felt judged or unloved, or disowned, or unappreciated? Or like the church didn't care about you?
I don’t know if you have ever seen a movie with a "first alien encounter” in it. Those "first contact" moments are interesting because they are always the biggest thing to ever happen to the world.
It's always something that could change everything. Something that could change the world.
Well, there is a being out there, and when we have a close encounter with Him it does change everything. It changes everything in our world. and it changes everything for the people that are encountered.
Seeing the people, He (Jesus) felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
Lets put this passage in Context. Previously in Matthew is the sermon on the Mt. You will find that the gospel has cycles of teaching and healing this is one of them. Jesus was teaching the Sermon on the Mount. Then he has been healing.
Right before this text, the Pharisees have accused Jesus of casting out demons by the ruler of demons. They are doubting him and looking at him with contempt.
Then Matt 9:35 there is a bit of a transition,
It says Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
Jesus is teaching and healing, He is preaching in the synagogues, He is looking out at the people of the crowds and He feels compassion for them. He has seen their situation and He feels compassion for them.
To understand what is going on here we must understand what this compassion means.
This past weekend we where are a conference, it was a great conference, lots of good learning opportunities. However, we were late arriving. The day the conference began, I had the privilege of taking my girls skiing with their school. We left to go skiing at 6 AM. Drove two hours. Skied all day. Drove home, packed then drove 4 more hours to the beach for the conference. By the time we got to the beach it was 11:30 PM.
It made for a long day and a weekend of tired girls and playing catch up. You have had those days, those weeks. You know what I mean. Good but long. Well, today we drove home.
As a "triathlete" I have found out something interesting, that many people know, but few tap into. You get stronger when you rest. Let me explain.
When you exercise your muscles, whether you are doing an endurance activity or lifting weights, you strain your muscles. You fatigue them. This does not make your muscles stronger. It is only part of the process. What makes your muscle stronger is the healing that takes place after you strain them. In order to heal them, you need to rest them after. When you rest (recover) your muscle grows back in such a way that it will not be as damaged the next time you apply a similar strain. This is the process to get stronger. Strain, rest, fuel right, and you will get stronger.
Yesterday was an amazing day, I got to take my girls skiing with their school. They had been a few weeks before, but I was not able to go with them as I was in Florida. This was my first time taking them skiing. For me a monumental event.
You see, when I was 6, my dad took me skiing with my school for the first time. I grew up skiing and snowboarding. It was a huge part of my life. Essentially it is a huge part of who I am.
Today I had an excellent swim. It was really hard, so hard that when I got home I was absolutely famished. All I could think about was getting something in my belly.
This made me think of something amazing. In the Bible, there is a story of Jesus feeding large crowds that were starving because they had been listening to Him preach all day.
In Matthew 15:32 NIRV it says,
Then Jesus called for his disciples to come to him. He said, “I feel deep concern for these people. They have already been with me three days. They don’t have anything to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry. If I do, they will become too weak on their way home.”
Much of the time we think of Jesus as the one who sacrificed, and He did, what a great price He paid. Did He deserve it? No of course not.
It is only by the blood of Jesus that we are saved. But all too often we forget about what the Father did for us. When we think of sacrifice we think of the Son. But what about the Father?
The other morning I was in prayer, And I was thinking about this subject. What did Father do? And it hit me like it has never hit me before.
I love my Girls.
How often do we wonder, "Where am I going? or What is my purpose?" In our day to day life, in our inner walk, many of us are looking for a purpose. You may be here because you want answers. You may be here because you truly want an Epic Walk. For whatever your reason, I am glad you are here. Read on. Enjoy our daily homework and hopefully, you can find more purpose, and begin an Epic Walk.