Jesus departed with His disciples to the sea, and a large crowd followed from Galilee, and a large crowd followed from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and around Tyre and Sidon. The large crowd came to Him because they heard about everything He was doing. Then He told His disciples to have a small boat ready for Him, so that the crowd wouldn’t crush Him. Since He had healed many, all who had diseases were pressing toward Him to touch Him. Whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and cried out, “You are the Son of God!” And He would strongly warn them not to make Him known.Mark 3:7-12
Imagine this scene with me. Imagine you are just a person in the crowd, a person who needs a touch from Jesus. You heard He had gone down by the lake, so you head that way – you and everyone else. You’re just one in thousands coming for Him, trying to get to Him. Pushing, shoving, reaching for Him. You’d count yourself lucky to even get close.
Can you hear the sounds? People yelling, trying to get His attention. Begging, perhaps, so desperate for their healing. And in the midst of the crying, the yelling for His attention, is the sound of those with demons crying out in loud voices “You are the Son of God”.
And there you are. One of many. Can’t quite get to Him. Unable to get your voice to rise above the noise of all the others who have come for Him. Unseen by Him. Unheard by Him. Just someone lost in the crowd of many someones.
Ever have those moments? Do you still feel like that sometimes? Just one in a crowd of many. Unheard. Unseen. Can I tell you something?
If you have submitted your life to the Lordship of Jesus, then you have been crucified with Christ and you no longer live, but Christ lives in you. (Galatians 2:20)
No crowds. You don’t have to shout above the noise to be heard by Him. He hears every whisper, every thought, every unspoken desire of your heart. He’s here, right here. You don’t have to try to push your way past someone else to get to Him. Because He came for you. His death was Him coming for you because that’s the only thing that would rescue you from eternal darkness and give you eternal life with Him.
He wants to be with you, so He came for you.
The crowd is gone and there you are, standing in front of Him. Just you and Him. What will you do? What will you say? Maybe nothing.
Maybe just let your heart feel the moment of being alone with Him. Let it be thankful that He came for you because He wants to be with you, and now you and your heart are alone with Jesus. He sees you. He hears you. He’s not going anywhere. So maybe today your heart can just rest from striving to get to Him.
Today, let yourself live in the truth instead of the lie. He is with you and in you and for you. You are not just one of many, you are who He left heaven for, who He died to rescue.
You are His.