14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.” Matthew 8:13-17
Jesus healed all those he touched. It’s natural for people to flock to a man who was touching them and healing them.
People both good and bad watched his every move.
Every word counted. People wanted someone to believe in.
Yes, they were coming for the healing and the exorcisms but they, like many of us, wanted something deeper. They were looking for that person to believe in.
As followers of Jesus, we have unique opportunities to the light that lights the darkness. People are hurting and struggling. You and I have the ability to introduce them to this same Jesus, the one who looked so many in the eyes and could read their souls.
Keep doing what you’re doing in the ministry you have in your neighborhood. People are watching; people notice.
Then be ready, as the Scriptures say, “to always give an answer to every man who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you,” 1 Peter 3:15