Matthew 9:35-10:8 is a passage that speaks to the compassion and power of Jesus Christ. It teaches us about the calling of discipleship and the mission to spread the good news. As we reflect on this passage, let us be inspired to follow in the footsteps of our compassionate shepherd and be empowered to make a difference in the world.
The Compassionate Shepherd
Jesus is described as a compassionate shepherd in this passage. He saw the people and had great compassion for them, for they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus did not turn a blind eye to their suffering but instead was moved by it. As followers of Christ, we are called to have this same compassion for others. We must be willing to see the pain and suffering of those around us and respond with love and compassion.
Call to Discipleship
Jesus called his disciples to follow him and spread the good news. He did not choose the religious leaders or wealthy individuals, but rather ordinary people who were willing to leave their old lives behind and follow him. This is a reminder that we do not need to have a certain background or status to be a disciple of Christ. We only need to have a willing heart and a desire to follow him.
Empowering the Powerless
Jesus empowered his disciples to perform miracles and bring healing to those who were sick and oppressed. He gave them authority over unclean spirits and the power to heal every disease and affliction. This is a reminder that we have been given the power to make a difference in the world. We can bring hope to those who are struggling and be a light in the darkness.
Spreading the Good News
Jesus sent his disciples out to spread the good news and make disciples of all nations. This mission is still relevant today. We are called to share the love of Christ with those around us and encourage others to follow him. We can do this through our words and actions, by showing love and compassion to those who are hurting and sharing the hope that we have in Christ.
As we reflect on this passage, let us be inspired to follow in the footsteps of our compassionate shepherd. May we have the courage to answer the call to discipleship and be empowered to make a difference in the world. Let us spread the good news and share the love of Christ with those around us.