(1) Loving Jesus with all one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength, and (2) loving one’s neighbor as one’s self requires some reflection.
(2) The Gospel of John started me off this morning.
For (3) and more¹, please use the DOOR.
(3) “WWJD,” on a badge, bracelet, or in a Christian article, once served as a reminder to many of “What would Jesus do?” in a particular situation. In chapter 5 of the Gospel of John, Jesus finds himself in Jerusalem on a particular day surrounded by sick or infirm people waiting to step into a pool and be cured. According to the text², the first one in, and only the first one, is instantly made whole. Somehow, Jesus encounters a man who hasn’t been able to step or walk in 38 years and, without any fanfare, He heals him. And only him.
This calls to mind on other occasions where Jesus does even a more noticeable healing, or even a raising from the dead, other individuals within a group. The texts sometimes say “others” are healed as well without offering details, however.
But nowhere–though there may occasional hints otherwise–did Jesus automatically heal every person within sight. There’s no record of His visiting a leper colony, healing everyone and closing it down. Or of his freeing of slaves, many of whom lived without recourse in sexual bondage. And as to assisting groups of the desperately poor³ or, prisoners, of those tortured, or even the few filthy rich, there’s no record of His direct intervention on their behalf.
Why didn’t He not use His power to correct flagrant social suffering and injustice that was never far away from Him?
Consider, if you will WDJD (what did Jesus do?) and WSID (what should I do?) in the context of what Jesus did.
Meditate upon Jesus’ behavior–and how what He did, and didn’t do, should affect yours behavior.
¹ This is one of our series of “devotional-lite thoughts,” that we feel worthy and sharable, though it asks for more Biblical study.
² This, most likely, seems like an ineffective folk tradition, inserted into the text. Jesus seems indifferent to it.
³ Jesus even said once, “The poor you always have with you” which seems like an inevitable circumstance of human community. One dramatic exception to the mention of suffering, which Jesus even seemed to be a part of Christian witnessing, is the His promise to the believing thief who died beside Him was “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (though you will still have more suffering beside me on the cross).