Once in a while you read something or hear something that is so obvious and so simple that you are almost embarrassed to admit that it hit you right between the eyes. I had such an experience the other day reading: Titus a comrade of the Cross, which I wrote about here. Young Titus, a cripple, had just been healed by Jesus and was completely captivated by and in love with his Savior. Here is what he says to his mom:
“Mother!” exclaimed the boy after a little pause, “Let us go forth and find some sick ones among our neighbors, and tell them [about Jesus]. Thou knowest that he said, ‘I am sent to heal the broken-hearted; to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind; to set at liberty them that are bruised.’ Those were his very words. I cannot forget them. And, mother, if he came for that, would it not please him best if we should help him to do it?”
How obvious. How simple. How convicting. What childlike faith and simplicity with which Titus approaches serving Jesus.
The first recorded words of Jesus’ ministry in the gospel of Luke, just after his testing in the wilderness, were the ones He read from Isaiah 61: “I am sent to heal the broken-hearted; to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind; to set at liberty them that are bruised.” These words set forth Jesus’ mission statement, and in it revealed his heart. That’s not exactly “new” to me, but Titus’ obvious response kind of was. If that’s what Jesus came for, surely nothing would please Him more than for me and for you to go and help him do it. Let us set out to find those among us who are sick, captive, bound by sin, pain and regret, those who are spiritually blind and emotionally bruised… let us find them and bring them to Jesus, working with all our might to be the hands and feet of Jesus, the body of Christ whose mission it is to mend all that is broken. As Titus said, “Wouldn’t that please Him best?!”