Generally speaking, crowds don’t just happen. If there is a large group of people, it is the product of an event or happening. There is a crowd because we are all trying to go to work at the same time. That is a traffic jam. No, I don’t like that.
We go to a sporting event, and that is a crowd. Unless of course, it is T-ball for little people. I won’t mention any professional teams that fail to draw a crowd. That would be unkind. We suffer the inconvenience of a multitude at the time for the experience of victory. That is the story of Jesus’ life.
The group experience is a part of the victory experience
Jesus suffered the experience of sin and life in this world so that we might experience a victory. He came near so we could know that God is not just powerful, majestic, and over all the universe. He is also in love with us and all creation, so He came and lived with us. Matthew tells of a girl raised from the dead and a woman healed. Both illustrate how God came into the crowd of humanity.
Matthew 9:21-22 reads “21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.” He calls her daughter. This is the only person Jesus speaks to with this endearing language. God saw through the crowd and directly to her. He then goes down the street into a full house overflowing with guests, music, all mourning the death of a child.
God has the ability to see you in the crowd of humanity
In each case, Jesus looks through the crowd to the people. We worship a majestic God of awesome power but one who is a listening lover of all creation. Each of us is important. It does not matter if you are reaching out for Him on your own behalf or a father reaching out for your child. He hears. God is not disturbed by the crowd. He created the world and filled it with diversity and life. Jesus came to make everything right again.
Lord, I want to thank You for the crowds. I don’t always like them, but sometimes I want to hide in the crowd. Thank You for seeing right through the crowd and looking at me. My presence today, reading this devotion, is my reaching out to touch You. Heal the broken places in me physically and spiritually. Help my family and loved ones who need Your touch, ____________. I believe in You, Jesus. Amen.