Obama care is one of the big buzz-words in 2010. There is widespread concern about the cost of health care and the large numbers of people who don’t have and can’t afford health care. It would be called something different if someone else were President and trying very hard to set up a system to help all Americans. I don’t know Mr. Obama personally, but it appears he cares about something that matters to a lot of the US population.
But, a lot of people care about other people. That’s why many of the help organizations were established, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and many more. Several foundations have been established as endowments to provide for certain needs. There is help for unwed mothers, the disabled, and so many more. Internationally, there are medial organizations like F.A.M.E. a medical mission and I.D.E.S. a disaster mission that are an arm of the church.
People care about other people. Some a lot of the time, some part of the time, and some only when the news tells them they need to care because some sort of disaster or tragedy has happened, such as the recent earthquake and devastation.
The song “Does Jesus Care?” speaks to us.
- Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth or song. As the burdens press, and the cares distress, and the way grows weary and long?
Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief; When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.
- Does Jesus care when my way is dark with a nameless dread and fear? As the daylight fades into deep night shades, does He care enough to be near?
- Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed to resist some temptation strong; When for my deep grief there is no relief, though my tears flow all the night long?
- Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye” to the dearest on earth to me, and my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—Is it aught to Him? Does He see?
Frank E. Graeff, 1901, Public Domain
Does Jesus care? Peter wrote, “Cast all your anxieties on him (Jesus) because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7.
Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30.
Jesus is asking to join him in a relationship in which he cares for us. There are several examples from Jesus’ life of his caring. When he saw the multitudes and felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. He had compassion for Mary and Martha when Lazarus died and he mourned for Lazarus himself. Jesus healed hundreds and maybe thousands of people, the blind, the deaf, the crippled and lame, lepers, demon-possessed, and raised the dead. There are two accounts that strike me about how Jesus cares for us.
The first is when he is going to raise a ruler’s daughter and he encounters a woman with vaginal bleeding (Matthew 9:18-25; Mark 5:22-43 & Luke 8:41-56).
Jesus is on his way to help someone when someone else needs his help too. It seems that those who need help are always around us. We barely begin to help one person, when another need arises. This woman had been bleeding for 12 years. She had exhausted her money with the doctors who hadn’t been able to help her. Her only hope was when the healer was coming through town. She snuck into the crowd and simply touched the edge of Jesus’ cloak and was healed. Jesus confronted her, not to scold her, but to make her realize that he cared about her and her need and was glad to provide that care for her. This didn’t deter him. He helped her even though the young girl’s need was great. He helped the woman than went on and helped the girl. She had died and he raised her back to life. And we go “AWESOME!”
The second account is in Mark 2:1-12; Matthew 9:2-8 & Luke 5:18-26. In fact, this is my favorite episode in Jesus’ life.
Jesus is teaching at someone’s home and it’s crowded; SRO. People pressing, people not able to get in or to see Jesus as he taught. People wanted to see and hear Jesus because he made such an impact by caring for people. As he talks, these guys tear a hole in the roof because they couldn’t get their paralyzed friend to Jesus. They open the roof and lower their friend down to Jesus and Jesus says “Your sins are forgiven.” That’s alright. Who doesn’t need their sins forgiven!? Immanuel, God with us, has just done what he does best. He loves enough to meet a person’s greatest need. The forgiveness of his sins. His eternal life is most important. Surely, and this is my speculation, Jesus who knows the heart of each individual knew that the man was wanting forgiveness. Maybe because he believed that sin was the reason he was paralyzed. That was a common belief in the Jewish mindset then.
When the Jewish leaders were thinking that Jesus had blasphemed God, Jesus proved to them that he does forgive sins because he is God by healing the man. “Get up, take your mat, and go home.” That’s what Jesus told him.
Does Jesus care? O yes he does. How he acts may vary, but Jesus’ cares about your greatest need in particular. “For everyone has sinned. We all fall short of God’s glorious standard” Romans 3:23, New Living Translation. And from The Message, Romans 3:21-24. “But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.”
Jesus cares to help you in your need and will give you salvation too. Let him care for your anxieties. He cares that’s for sure.