About This Series
In the WWJD series, I explain how we can copy Jesus in his beautiful and kind work to this world, while he walked the earth. In Matthew 25:35-40, Jesus talks about how helping and being there for the sick, poor, and imprisoned not only benefits them, it also benefits Jesus. Jesus goes as far as to say that when we help those people, we are directly helping him to the same degree. Here is the excerpt from scripture:
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:35-40 KJV, emphasis mine)
Links to Other Parts of the Series
- WWJD Series: Why should I give an ear to Jesus?
- WWJD Series: According to Jesus, how should I treat the hungry?
- WWJD Series: According to Jesus, how should I treat the homeless?
- WWJD Series: According to Jesus, how should I treat those without
- WWJD Series: According to Jesus, how should I treat the sick?
- WWJD Series: According to Jesus, how should I treat the imprisoned?
Your eyes are in your lap, dripping with tears. You’re distraught over the loss of your brother. You hear a subtle, yet erratic breath start to sound in your ear. As the moments go by, the weeping gets louder. You look over and see Jesus, the proclaimed Son of God, weeping profusely.
“Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept.” (John 11:32-35 ESV)
The idea of seeing Jesus is mind blowing, let alone seeing Jesus weeping. Could you imagine meeting the man face to face who claimed to heal the sick, raise the dead back to life, turn water into delicious wine, walk on tormented waters, and turn storms into calm, bright skies? This man who was so holy was also human, just like you and me. So, he wept. And, he wept. Jesus heard the heart cries of his friends as they mourned the death of their beloved friend and brother, Lazarus. He was moved to tears, sobbing tears, as he thought of this tragedy.
Even though Jesus knew he could heal Lazarus, even though he had been deceased for days in a tomb, Jesus still sobbed like a child at the news.
This here explains the character of Jesus.
He didn’t make fun of them for not knowing that Jesus could heal Lazarus. He didn’t blow over their qualms and pleas. He understood their sadness from their perspective, and so, he mourned with them. Losing a friend and brother, regardless of if a man miraculously brings him back to life or not, is incredibly traumatic, and, Jesus knew this.
Jesus was marked by more than just this one incredible event. He was unstoppable. Kings fell with fear at his works and slandered his name with jealousy. Yet, paupers felt enough hope in his presence to speak out for his help. He drew crowds as large at 20,000 when multiplying a small lot of fish and bread to feed them all. He cared enough about even the evil of this world, a tax collector who abused his rights and stole from the very people Jesus loved. His love changed the hearts and minds of people who were powerful and renowned, as well as people who were crippled and known by few. Jesus’ love even touched that tax collector so profoundly that the tax collector gave back all he had stolen from people over the years in multiples.
Jesus was even angered by religious hypocrites as much, if not more, than some non-religious folk today. Jesus even damned some of these hypocrites. A religious group that goes by the name of the Pharisees angered Jesus so much with their hypocrisy that he said to them, “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?”
Regardless of your what your worldview is, it is fact that this man, Jesus, is one of the greatest influences in the known world. It has been approximately 2,017 years, give or take a few years, since his death and ascension into Heaven, and he is still world renowned.
Why was he so influential? What did he do that was so profound? And, more importantly I would ask, how can we emulate his holy, powerful, and kind behavior?
In this “WWJD” series, I will discuss the five actions Jesus instructs for us to put into action in the book of Matthew, chapter 25, verses 35-40, and resources for following each instruction.
Thank you for joining me thus far in this series. I look forward to seeing you in two weeks in my blog, “WWJD Series: According to Jesus, how should I treat the hungry?”