When was the last time you gave thought to just how merciful Jesus really is? It is my prayer for you that after reading this word of encouragement, you will continually contemplate the multiplied mercies of your Master.
Luke’s gospel tells of a man named Jairus, who came to Jesus and fell at His feet, begging Jesus to come to his house and heal his only daughter, who was 12 years old and dying. Jesus agreed to help, and then something remarkable happened. Our Lord healed a woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years—the same age as Jairus’ daughter—while He was on His way to heal the little girl! To me, this suggests a limitless supply of mercy within our Master. While on a mission of mercy to one, He extended mercy to another.
The life of Christ was marked by “mercies multiplied” everywhere He went. He healed the sick, made the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, and raised the dead to life. All of these mercies were delivered, of course, while He was on His way to the most magnificent errand of mercy the world has ever known!
When Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Every act of mercy performed by our Lord was done while on His way to the cross. He took time for the little children. He had a divine appointment with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. He received prostitutes and tax collectors. He ministered to His fearful disciples on a boat in a storm. He wept with two sisters who wept for the loss of their brother Lazarus. He patiently instructed Pharisees and teachers of the law who had sincere questions about His words. He even celebrated with his mother and disciples at a wedding. Everything Jesus did was a mercy to all those He did it with.
Notice that in Matthew’s account the curtain of the temple was torn from top to bottom. The temple was divided into three primary parts: the courts (inner and outer); the Holy Place; and the Most Holy Place. The curtain separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place, where only the high priest could go once a year on the Day of Atonement. The significance of the curtain being torn in two is that the barrier between God and His people has been removed once-for-all by the cross work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you know what that means to you today? There is no barrier between you and God. It means mercies multiplied are ready for you to receive!
Our access to the Almighty is unrestricted. We have a heavenly Mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ, and we can go to Him morning, noon, and night, knowing that we will be received and met with mercies multiplied, because Jesus has never stopped being merciful to His people . . . and He never will.
So . . . what mercy do you need multiplied from your Master today? What’s keeping you away?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!