But so much the more the news spread abroad concerning Him, and great crowds kept coming together to hear [Him] and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. But He Himself withdrew [in retirement] to the wilderness (desert) and prayed. LUKE 5:15, 16
Jesus attracted people. There is no other way to read/interpret scripture. Wherever Jesus went, whatever Jesus did, whomever Jesus spoke with; He attracted multitudes. It’s true that the miracles attracted people. Undoubtedly some came to stand off in the distance and see Him “perform” supernatural acts which their natural eyes could not believe. Yet the Bible is clear to make another notation regarding why people came. They came to “hear Him”. Why? No one had ever, throughout the entire history of the world, spoken like Jesus spoke. The Bible says that “grace” and “truth” came through (in) Jesus. His every Word, look, act, subtlety, parable, deed, rebuke and exhortation exemplified grace and truth. Even the miracles were a demonstration of God’s grace manifested towards mankind. These three things attracted people to Jesus: grace, truth and the supernatural.
Not that we ever develop a formula for “attracting” people to Church, to our home group, or to ourselves, but certainly multitudes thronged to see Jesus for no other reason. If a Church allows God’s miraculous to move in it; if it speaks the truth about God’s grace it will never be hurting for a crowd. If your personal life exemplifies grace, truth and the supernatural provision of the Lord, you will automatically become a person of great influence. People will seek you out; they will come to “hear you.” Don’t worry it’s not you they’re coming to hear – it’s Christ’s message being spoken through you. Two thousand years ago, as today, it is still the message the world is thirsting for.
I spent some time trying to figure out a better way to spend our lives, but I must say I was hard pressed to think of better criteria for a life worth living. How many people can you share God’s message of grace and truth with? What a privilege we have….what an opportunity….don’t you think?