Jesus Is Not Concerned About You

Jesus is not concerned about you.

Maybe your mother is. Perhaps a friend or coworker is. You may even have quite a long list of people who are concerned about you. But Jesus isn’t on that list.

Jesus is not concerned about you.

In Matthew 4, we get a good summary of Jesus’ ministry.

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. Matthew 4:23 (ESV)

Teaching. Proclaiming. Healing. But no concern.

Concern is what happens when you see someone in a bad situation and do nothing about it other than perhaps making that bless your heart look with your face. Concern is passive. It’s not that it likes it when bad things happen to others. It’s just that it doesn’t hate it enough to do something about it. Concern, all by itself, never changes anything.

Jesus is not concerned about you.

Notice what Matthew says after he tells us that Jesus healed people.

So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:24-25 (ESV)

He started to get famous. In verse 23, Jesus is doing his work in Galilee. By verses 24 and 25, people all over Syria, Jerusalem and even beyond the Jordan start to catch on. That’s because, regardless of our geographical, racial, financial or political differences, we all have a few things in common. We don’t like sickness and death. But there’s nothing that we can do to stop them.

And Jesus is not concerned.

So how did he respond to his fame. How did he react when families came from miles away just to see their baby healed? What was his response to the strange woman who was tormented by demons? What did he do to the man who hadn’t seen in years?

Matthew uses four words to tell it all.

“…and he healed them.”

He could have walked away. He could have assumed that it was some sin that caused their sickness and said something about that instead. He could have stayed at home and never bothered with Galilee, or earth for that matter. He could have simply been concerned for the grieving hearts and broken bodies that were drawn to him and given them his best bless your heart face.

But he did none of that. Instead, he showed compassion. Jesus’ compassion is nothing like even the best examples of compassion we see today. His compassion came with power. Power to change. But he wasn’t content merely to change the eyes of the blind. No, he was about the business of building his kingdom. You know, the one where there is  no more crying and no more death. So with each message that he proclaimed and body that he healed, Jesus was beginning the work of tearing down Satan’s kingdom on earth that was established when Adam and Eve sinned. He was building his perfect kingdom.

There’s this old church saying. “God will never give you more than you can handle.”

Garbage.

God consistently gives his people more than they can handle. But there is nothing in this universe that he cannot handle. Nothing.

So it only makes sense for us to take our concerns to him. And when we do, we are not met with one who is merely concerned back. Instead, we enjoy the active and infinitely powerful compassion of the God who rules over all things.

Maybe God will not heal you here on earth.

Maybe your timetable and his timetable just can’t seem to get together.

That’s okay. God never promised that he would do things your way on your timetable. Could it be that your disappointment with God is rooted in the reality that he just isn’t doing things your way? So stop counting on God to build his kingdom with your blueprints. Instead, follow the example of those broken people who lived in Syria, Jerusalem and beyond the Jordan a couple of thousand years ago. Take your concerns to the only One with the power to really change things.

When you do, you will not encounter a god who is simply concerned for you.

But you will encounter compassion like you have never known. Compassion with power. Compassion that doesn’t settle for the window dressing of simply healing a sick person. Compassion that loves and cares enough to overthrow Satan’s kingdom on earth. Compassion that promises to one day establish a kingdom where every tear will be wiped away (Revelation 21:4).

Jesus is not concerned about you.

But he does show compassion toward you.

And that is enough.

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