I’ll probably remember that day in the spring of 2011 for the rest of my life. My son was diagnosed with Chronic Late Stage Lyme disease. The same diagnosis I’d received a year prior. I knew the suffering all too well and it broke my heart. This was the last thing I wanted for my precious child.
I sobbed from the innermost part of my being. I cried hard and long for the both of us, for he was too young to understand, but I understood. I called my mother, with sorrow in her voice, she lifted me with her compassion and love, and reminded me that Jesus died for Dash, and Dash would walk free from this disease. She was right. God didn’t do this to my baby. This wasn’t part of some grander purpose and plan for his life. This was as a result of living in a fallen world, with bacteria ridden ticks, who transmit their diseases to whomever they bite.
I simply needed to have faith for what many would say is the impossible: the supernatural healing of my son from Lyme disease. I simply needed to remember that Christ not only paid the price for his healing, but is also moved with compassion for our pain.
In Christ’s Time of Grief, He Was Still Moved With Compassion For The Sick
You know what I love about Jesus? Well, one of the things I love about Him, as there are many. I love Christ’s compassion for the sick. Matthew 14 demonstrates that great compassion very well. John the Baptist was just be-headed. He was dead and buried. The disciples had just journeyed to tell Jesus of the news of John’s passing. Jesus must have been overcome with emotion as He decided He needed to be alone. Leaving the others, He took a boat to a remote area to be with God. A large crowd heard where Jesus was and took off on foot to find Him.
I picture what Jesus might have been feeling, and doing, while He had those moments, or minutes, or hours alone, before the crowds arrived. His dear friend was just murdered. And though John was in heaven, and died for the Gospel, I picture that Jesus felt sorrow, and probably wept, as He talked with God. We know Jesus wept when He was told Lazarus had died, even though He knew that He’d end up raising him from the dead, He still wept. As He spoke with God about John, all the sudden He saw them in the distance, crowds of people from as far as the eye could see. He knew they were there for Him, but He wasn’t done with His Father yet. He was still being comforted by God.
He saw the lame being carried, the blind being led, diseased and broken littered the landscape. They needed Him. They wanted Him and what He had to say and do for them. The miracles they sought so desperately from this God-man, who walked the earth with them, they needed right then, at that moment. Suddenly, He was overcome with compassion for all the sick coming to see Him, seeking their miracle. Instead of being upset, or running off in a hurry, or telling the crowd He had His own problems, and needed to preach a quick message, with no prayer afterward, He instead healed ALL their sick. In fact, He stayed with them all day and into the evening. There were over five thousand of them needing His love and a miracle. And they were hungry too. Jesus cared so much about them that He stayed with them, healed them, talked with them, and fed them. What a God we serve – the sick left healed and with full bellies!
Jesus Understands Your Heartache
This is yet one story of His undying compassion for His sick people. Whether your child has Lyme disease, or cancer, or asthma, allergies, autism, or any other number of diseases – I want you to know that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The compassion He was moved with when He walked the earth, He is moved with today. He wants your child, or your body, healed of the oppressing affliction. Jesus Christ loves your child more than you do and has even more compassion for your child than you do. The heartache you feel for your child’s disease, He feels much greater. The even better news? He has the answers to your child’s needs. He took to the Cross for your child’s eternal salvation, as well as your child’s physical health. And while you walk with your child on this healing journey, He will give you both the strength and hope you need to get through the pain onto the other side where healing resides.
Jesus has compassion on your child. He has compassion on you, as the parent, mourning for your child’s suffering. Bring your pain to Him, believe for your child’s supernatural healing, and find yourself set free from the intense sorrow that’s so utterly suffocating, while you watch your child healed by God!
<< Matthew 14 >>
New International Version
John the Baptist Beheaded
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, 2and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.
On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
“Bring them here to me,” he said. 19And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.