JESUS SEES YOU, ESPECIALLY IN A CROWD.

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Orson Wells said, “We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.”

What a sad thought. But for some of us, that is a reality. Even in a crowd, we can feel so alone, unwanted, rejected. My friend, if that is you, Jesus wants you to know that,

“Loneliness is the first thing which God's eye named, not good.” John Milton

Indeed, if we look at the life of Jesus, yes, He did do many things in the presence of crowds. But mentioned in greater detail and with greater frequency are the times when He reached out to people in the crowd. Beloved, Jesus never looks at the crowd. He always looks into the crowd and when He looks into the crowd, He sees you.

The story of Zacchaeus is always the story that is commonly used to illustrate Jesus reaching out to the people. So that is a good place to start.

“Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.” Luke 19:1-4

Zacchaeus was short, he was not well liked. But he was looking for Jesus. And Jesus never turns any eager heart away for He said to Zacchaeus,

“Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” Luke 19:5

So if you are looking for Him, Jesus will never let you down. He will never miss you. He seeks you out from amongst the crowd and He comes to you and He will bid you haste for He must stay with you and minister to you.

But what if you feel dirty? Unworthy of God’s grace and mercy? Will Jesus look for you too? Two accounts answer that question.

“When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:1-3

The leper was unclean. In fact, to have such a disease meant that he would have to had been excommunicated from the society for it is written in the law,

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse.” Numbers 5:1-2

So why then did Jesus not only not command that the leper be excommunicated, He instead healed him so that the leper may be reintroduced to society and accepted once again?

Well, my friend, that is because that is a picture of the work that Jesus came to do. We who are unclean because of our sin, we should have been excommunicated from God’s presence. A perfectly holy God cannot accept man in all his sinful nature. But God in His mercy, sent Jesus to die for us so that,

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

And by healing the leper, Jesus was showing us a picture of the redeeming work that He came to do. Because not only did He heal one leper, later He healed ten.

“Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.” Luke 17:12-14

In the same way, the lepers were far off yet Jesus heard them and healed them. No questions asked. No demands made. And this same Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, is seeking you out from inside the crowd now. You may be far off. But He hears you and He comes to you and He will do anything for you.

But what happens if you think you did not catch His eye? Can He possibly be healing and blessing others to not have time for you?

“Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Luke 8:43-46

Notice that the woman did not even seem to catch Jesus’ eye? She just touched the border of His garment and her flow of blood stopped. But what is more amazing is that Jesus felt that. In the midst of the crowd, He felt it when someone needed Him and was blessed by Him. Even Peter found His question incredulous. But Jesus noticed. And in the same way, even if you think you did not catch His eye, He knows. That is the beauty of Jesus.

But what if the world accuses you and says that you are undeserving? What then? Surely if people can be put to death by the witness of two or three, Jesus will not heed me. For it is written,

“Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses;” Deuteronomy 17:6

Beloved, finish the verse. For the entire verse reads,

“Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.” Deuteronomy 17:6

The verse was meant to protect, not to condemn. Not only that, remember that whatever it is that you may have done, the words of Isaiah are very clear,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

Jesus did not come to condemn you. He came to save you and He clearly showed that by His actions.

“Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” John 8:3-5

“So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7

Yes beloved, Jesus does not stand with those who accuse you. But because you have believed on Him, He stands to protect you and defend you because by the shedding of His blood, He has given you the remission of sins, completely, past present and future. So that is why He can say to the woman,

“When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11

Notice how the Spirit had the apostle John record “And Jesus said to her” and not ‘Then’? His forgiveness, His love and His blessing is not a result of the world’s opinion. Neither is it swayed by the world’s opinion. He knows what He has done for you and He knows that He has saved you to the uttermost and that is why He tells her that He forgives her and does not condemn her and He is so confident that because she now realizes the magnitude of His love for her, she will sin, no more.

My friend, whether you are looking for Him, or are too ashamed to see Him, or have been accused by the world you feel you do not deserve to be anywhere near Him, Jesus stands waiting for you. Though you may be in a crowd, though He may be healing and blessing those around you, He is still looking for you. He still sees you. He still is reaching out for you and He always has time for you. For He says,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

And if by chance, you have yet to make Jesus your Savior, and feel Him calling to you right now, and would like to take up His offer of peace and love, then pray this prayer with me,

“Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross for me. Thank You that even though I am a sinner, that even though I never knew Him, Jesus knew me and He died for me. That through His shed blood, I can now receive complete remission of all my sins, past, present and future. Thank You Jesus that by Your body broken, I now receive complete healing and wholeness for my body. Indeed Father, I am unworthy that You would pay attention to someone like me, especially in a crowd. But thank You for Your great love and I open the door of my heart now. Jesus, come in and dine with me, now and always. In Jesus' name, Amen.”

Beloved, Jesus wants an intimate relationship with you. When He looks at you, all He sees is you. No one else, nothing else. Your relationship with Him is personal. Don’t be distracted by what the world says. All that matters is you and Him. Just like it is right now. You and Him. And He loves you.

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