Re:Verse passage – Mark 3:1-12 (day three)
“All those who had afflictions pressed around Him in order to touch Him.”
There is something poignant about the description of desperate people reaching out for Jesus. The emotional power of that picture doesn’t arise so much from sentimentality, though, as much as it arises from the heart-wrenching reality that Jesus was the only one – the only one – who took the time to address the hardships that burdened people to the point of despair. Where were the attempts to help from those who should have known better – from those who did, in fact, know better? Jesus gave freely of his power; he even told his disciples that they would wield the ability to do greater things than these. The reason Jesus was the only one dispensing heaven’s compassion wasn’t because heaven was stingy and proprietary, but because those in power were.