The market place is a bundle of contradictions and none more so than its very foundation. Basic economics dictates that supply must meet demand. But because the modern consumer is highly ‘me’ centric, his demand for highly customized products and solutions runs counter culture to the main tenet behind profitable production, economies of scale. In the end, consumers have to bend their wishes, needs and desired to the majority and settle for a product that meets their needs only part-way and this results in frustration for both the consumer and the provider.

But beloved, Jesus wants you to know that when you seek Him with your problems, He is not going to give you a ‘one size fits all’ solution. He is going to customize one especially for you and it will not only meet your needs but enrich you.

The economy of God does not work on mass solutions. Indeed, Jesus tells us,

“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7

Even if the words ‘every sinner’ were used instead of ‘one sinner’, the words which Jesus spoke would not have lost their meaning. But the fact that the words ‘one sinner’ were used, shows us just how much each and every one of us mean to Him, individually, personally and intimately.

Throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth, His teachings and miracles never repeated themselves in learning and significance, even if the same thing happened twice.

Twice Jesus was anointed by women with fragrant oil. But Jesus uses each incident to teach us different truths.

For the incident in the home of the Simon the Pharisee, Jesus used her act to show those present, the effects and fruits of knowing the full extent of our Father’s love and forgiveness for us.

“Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”” Luke 7:44-48

“Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Luke 7:50

In the same way, when we know we are forgiven, and are conscious of just how much we have been forgiven, the good works, the life pleasing to God, will come naturally because we will be living in His peace.

For the incident in the home of Simon the leper, Jesus shows His disciples just how much our Father delights when we honor His Son, and how much He will honor us in return because we honor Jesus.

“But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” Matthew 26:10-13

So in the same way, when we honor Jesus in our lives, by our words and our actions; when we acknowledge that our current station in life, the blessings we receive are all because of His redeeming work which has cleansed us of all our sins, bringing us into right relationship with God our Father, He will honor us as He did the woman.

Twice He also raised the dead.

In the case of Jairus’ daughter, He went immediately, and when He got there, He raised the girl and silenced the critics.

“When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went out into all that land.” Matthew 9:23-25

In the case of Lazarus, Jesus made it an altogether more intimate affair; and although in both cases, He used the resurrections to teach faith,

“While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”” Mark 5:35-36

“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”” John 11:23-25

He had a different purpose for Lazarus’ miracle, a different lesson for all of them who witnessed to learn. For the apostle John tells us,

“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.” John 11:5-6

Jesus loved them, so He stayed. What irony? But it also teaches us that when our Father makes us wait for His miracle for us, He does so in order that our faith may grow, just like He tells His disciples,

“Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe.” John 11:14-15

In the course of the miracle, He also ministered to Mary and Martha differently. Earlier on, we saw that to Martha, He revealed Himself as The Resurrection and The Life, because although she had faith in Him, her faith was limited to what was possible in the natural and Jesus wanted to expand her imagination and understand that our Father is not limited by the laws of nature which He Himself put into place. Later on at the tomb, He teaches Martha that all she needed to see the glory of God in full display, was to believe.

“Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:39-40

But for Mary, Jesus had no such lesson. In fact, the apostle John tells us that He felt her pain, He shared her grief. He just met her need for a miracle right away. For this is how He responded to her.

“Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?” John 11:32-33
Beloved, in the same way, Jesus empathizes with you and sympathizes with you. He knows what you are going through and He knows exactly what you need when you come to Him. For the prophet Isaiah tells us,

“Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;” Isaiah 53:4

So when you come to Jesus, you can have the confidence that He is not going to treat you the same way He treats others. You are special and He has something special for you.

But in the same, therefore, when you see that you are not receiving the exact same blessings that others are getting, understand that that is because you are not them, and they are not you. You will receive good things. But they will be good for you only because they are customized for you.

Beloved, our Jesus and our Father do not believe in mass production. They believe in meeting your needs just as you are. Come to Him today and you can be sure that you will receive good things that are just right for you, perfect in every way.

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