Summary: Jesus leads believers down a mountainside and they confront the reality of brokenness and sickness in the world. Jesus responds with mercy, offering both healing and encouragement.
Focus Verse 12: But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness,
which there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This verse reminds me that we have to humble ourselves and ask for help from God. If we are proud and think we can do everything on our own, we will be put in situations that humble us.
In the text, there are many people who want healing from illness. Many are hurt and confused by the illness and they are asking for Jesus to take the pain away. This reminds me of the many I work with who are suffering. As they become hopeless, I share prayer with them because I want them to be released from their sins so they can move forward in peace.
In many research studies, they have found that longitudinal studies show that cancer patients have better patient outcomes when there is a faith present in their lives. Depending on the demographics and religions, there are varying levels of patient outcomes. I find having a strong faith and sharing my faith with others can improve their lifestyle.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for sending Jesus into our life to help us seek truth and purpose. I pray we find peace in our mind, body and spirit while we walk through these challenging times through COVID.