“When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girl’s father and mother.” – Luke 8
Throughout His ministry, Jesus spent considerable time reaching out to crowds. Yet, over and over again, He demonstrated that He was more interested in developing personal relationships.
Jesus devoted most of His time to intimate settings with just a few people. He spent time alone with His disciples, people who had special needs, and those who desired to know Him more deeply. In these intimate settings, He gave important teachings and performed many memorable miracles.
Consider the case of Jairus, a man who made his way through the crowds and “fell at Jesus’ feet.” He begged Jesus to come to his house and heal his daughter, who “was dying.” When they arrived at the man’s home, Jesus allowed only Peter, James, John, and the girl’s parents to enter with Him. There, with this small group of people, Jesus performed a great miracle.
In our time, many skeptics and cynics condemn Jesus as a charlatan. They are like Herod, who wanted to see Jesus only because he hoped to see Him perform a supernatural sign (Luke 23:8). And they are like the people who mocked Jesus when He was on the cross, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself.”
Today, remember that Jesus isn’t an entertainer or a politician. He is your Savior and your Lord! He longs to have a personal, intimate relationship with you. Commit your life to serving Him. In quiet, private places, seek to be alone with Him. Let Him know your questions and needs. Cry out for wisdom and understanding. Pray for revival. And remember to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
PrayerJesus, I seek a more intimate relationship with You. Open my eyes. Change my life. Speak to me. Guide me. Help me to serve You and please You. I worship You! In Your name. Amen.
Extended ReadingLuke 8