马太福音 14:34-36 他们过了海，来到革尼撒勒地方。 那里的人一认出是耶稣，就打发人到周围地方去，把所有的病人带到他那里， 只求耶稣准他们摸他的衣裳繸子；摸着的人就都好了。
Matthew 14:34-36 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” 34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
“Mama said there’d be days like this” says the lyrics of an old rock song. For Jesus it began with the news that Herod murdered his cousin, John. Then there was a whole day of healing and teaching and feeding the five thousand. If you have ever taught a large crowd, you know that you expend more energy than if it’s just a few disciples at your feet. Then a night of prayer, walking on the water and stilling a storm. Finally, by the time they crossed the lake, it was a new day and the crowds brought their sick to Jesus. One commentator called it “Jesus’ longest day.” Well, maybe not the longest. That might have been Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
The point is that Jesus had those days in his life, too. And what happens when we have those days? We get cranky and short with people. We withdraw within ourselves. We become unaware of the needs of those around us. Children tiptoe around the house when they know that dad has had a long day and just home from a three hour council meeting!
Not Jesus. Not our perfect Savior who live his life as our perfect substitute. He had to be exhausted, but he healed the sick and taught the people all over again. He thought of others instead of himself. He never showed his tiredness in ways that offended or hurt others. That’s my Savior and I wouldn’t want any other Savior than one who had walked in my shoes.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for taking on the burdens of life and walking in our shoes! And not only that, but for doing so perfectly – as the perfect brother, the perfect teacher, the perfect neighbor, the perfect friend, the perfect Son of God. You are my salvation and you give me a reason to rise in the morning to meet the challenges of a new day and to sleep at peace at night, knowing my sins are forgiven. Amen.