Jesus came to give hope to the hurting, hope to the hopeless.
If you read Isaiah chapters 9, 53, and 61, which foretold of Jesus coming, it is clear that He was to come for the lowly, for the sick, for the hurting, for the brokenhearted. He came to give sight to the blind, to cause the deaf to hear, to heal the brokenhearted, to embrace the outcasts. The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, are full of Jesus walking this out.
We’ve been missing it. We’ve turned it into a game. Which church can get the most people? Which church can have the best music? Which church can get the most publicity? Which church can have the most in depth sermons?
It is not about that. It is about seeing that person walking on the street, head down, ragged clothes, sad countenance, and offering him hope. Jesus came to offer hope to the hopeless.
Matthew 5 reinforces this. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who hunger now, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
Let’s reach out to those Jesus wants to reach out to. Let’s offer them what Jesus came to offer them. Let’s get rid of pride and comparisons and our unspiritual definitions of success. Let’s be filled with compassion. Let’s open our eyes to see the needs and reach out. We have what they need! Let us never withhold the thing they are desperate for–let’s give them Jesus! Let’s give them hope. Let’s feed the hungry in Jesus’ name. Let’s heal the sick in Jesus’ name. Let’s be there for those who still need someone to be there for them so they can become strong in Christ.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)