Raising the morale of everyone.
I extend my felicitations to you my brethren on
Christmas and new year wishing you all a happy and
blessed life abiding in the love of God obeying the
Lord. I pray for our country Egypt that God may grant
it prosperity, welfare and bless it with peace and
It is my pleasure on Christmas to talk to you
about some of what Christ left us of good example
and how He was always working on relieving every
person: loving all people, serving them, raising the
morale of the weak, guiding and teaching…
He was an open heart to everyone, “He went
about doing good" (Ac 10:38).
So every person feels that he has a share in
He cared for the Gentiles as He did with the Jews,
His tenderness was to the righteous as for the
sinners, for the women who were saints as for those
who fell, for children and elderly, for the free and the
captives also for women as well as men. He spread
his sympathy on the poor, the needy and the hungry,
on the tired and those who were weak, also on the
sick and those who were demon-possessed. In his
care He didn't forget those who were sad for the
deaths, He didn't even ignore those who opposed Him
but had compassion on them.
He said "Come to Me, all you who labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest " (Mt
He also said that He came to heal the
brokenhearted To proclaim liberty to the captives and
recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those
who are oppressed (Is 61:21).
Indeed, He came to set free those who fell as
captives of demons, who fell into sin or in sickness, all
those who are in weakness or disability.
As regards the sick: He healed the man who
remained sick at the pool of Bethesda for thirty eight
years till Jesus Christ told him "Rise, take up your bed
and walk" (Jn 5:8), And immediately the man was
made well, took up his bed, and walked. He also
healed the paralytic whom they let down from the
roof because of the crowds (Mk 2), all those who had
any that were sick with various diseases brought
them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of
them and healed them (Lk 4:40). It was said that He
went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all
kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the
people, Then His fame went throughout all Syria. (Mt
4:23, 24). So He healed all those who lost hope in
healing and all those whom medicine couldn't heal.
They went to Him as He is the hope of those
who have no hope, and the help of those who
have no helper… He healed all who were
possessed by demons.
Demon possessed men, Jesus cast devils out of
them, some of them cried "What have we to do with
You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to
torment us before the time." Mary Magdalene was
one of those whom out her came seven demons, she
was healed then she followed Jesus (Lk 8:2). He
healed a demon possessed man in the country of the
Gadarenes whom many demons had entered him (Lk
Regarding raising from the dead: He raised the
daughter of Jairus who was a ruler of the synagogue
(Lk 8:41, 55). He also raised the Son of the Widow of
Nain she was weeping over him as he was her only
son; and she was a widow (Lk 7:11,12). One of those
whom Jesus raised also was: Lazarus of Bethany,
brother of Mary and Martha (Jn 11).
Jesus Christ was very compassionate on
sinners, leading them to repentance.
He didn't consider them as evil rather as sick as
He said about them with tenderness: "Those who are
well have no need of a physician, but those who are
sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners,
to repentance.” And accordingly He brought the
sinners to have share in Him.
The tax collectors were some of those sinners,
they were despised by all people at that time as they
loved money and were known for being injustice.
Christ as well raised the morale of those and led them
to repentance and salvation, one of whom was
Mathew the tax collector who then became one of the
disciples and Zacchaeus the tax collector whom Jesus
entered into his house and didn't care for what the
people would say about Him entering a sinner's house
and said:" Today salvation has come to this house,
because he also is a son of Abraham" (Lk 19:9). And
in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector
(Lk 18:9-14) it was clear to everyone that the tax
collector, in his affliction of heart and request for
mercy, that he is better than the Pharisee who was
proud of his righteousness and accordingly the tax
collector went down to his house justified rather than
the other one…
The Samaritans also were sinners but God
was very much tender and compassionate to
The Jews had no deals with the Samaritans as
they considered them acting unfaithfully, so one day
one of the Samaritan villages rejected Jesus Christ, so
His disciples James and John asked Him to command
fire to come down from heaven and consume them,
but He rebuked them saying "You do not know what
manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did
not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them"
In another time, He gave the people parable of
the Good Samaritan who saved a Jewish man who
was left half dead on the road (who fell among
thieves). The Samaritan had compassion on him So
he went and bandaged his wounds , a Levite had
previously arrived at the place, came and looked, and
passed by on the other side and gave him no care (Lk
10:30-37). The name of the Good Samaritan is still
being given to organizations which care for the others
no matter what their religion or their religious cult is.
Most importantly at this point is that Jesus Christ
had so much patience on the Samaritans till they
accepted faith later on (Jn 4).
His tenderness was to the Gentiles as well,
they are the people who were not of the Jews.
They were very much hated by the Jews as they
worshipped pagan gods and were strangers to Israel's
auspices, without the law of the Lord, without
prophets and with no Covenant with God (Eph 2:13).
Those Gentiles Jesus Christ brought them to Himself
and made it clear that they are accepted by the Lord.
And on healing the Centurion’s Servant who was
of the Gentiles, He admired the faith of the Centurion
and said about him "I have not found such great
faith, not even in Israel" (Mt 8:10). He also healed
the daughter of the woman from Canaan and she was
of people whom the Jews considered accursed, He
said to that woman “O woman, great is your faith"
And after the resurrection He said to His disciples
“you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all
Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Ac
He also commanded them to "Go therefore and
make disciples of all the nations, teaching them to
observe all things that I have commanded you" (Mt
He also said later on to His disciple Paul the
Apostle "I will send you far from here to the Gentiles"
(Ac 22). He also said to him some other time "as you
have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also
bear witness at Rome" (Ac 23), which was the most
famous city of the Gentiles at that time.
That is how Jesus Christ was to all the Gentiles
and all nations.
He also raised the morale of woman and
gave her a chance.
Jesus gave an elevated stance to women which
they hadn't before in the Jewish world, He blessed
women and their service "And many women who
followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him" (Lk
8:2, 3), (Mt 27:55). He praised the poor widow who
paid into the treasury out of her poverty (Mk 12:44).
He also made the Last Supper at the house of Mary,
the mother of John whose surname was Mark. This
house was later on turned to a church (Ac 12:12) and
so the house of Lydia the seller of purple (Ac 16).
Jesus Christ cared for the women saints, his
tenderness was shown also to the women who fell
into sin; He defended the sinful woman who was
caught into adultery and said to those who wanted to
stone her "He who is without sin among you, let him
throw a stone at her first" (Jn 8:7), and when those
were gone He told her "Neither do I condemn you; go
and sin no more".
The Lord Christ cared also for the infants
and raised their morale.
The children who were looked at with despise
rebuking them at times, He said about them "Let the
little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for
of such is the kingdom of God" (Lk 18:16). He also
raised the morale of an infant and said "unless you
are converted and become as little children, you will
by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Mt
18:3), He meant as innocent and harmless as
He loved children, laid His hands on them and
blessed them (Mk 10:16) and when they rebuked
them while they were praising on Palm's Sunday, He
defended them by the saying of the Psalm "Out of the
mouth of babes and nursing infants You have
perfected praise" (Mt 21:16). And so, children loved
Him and gathered around Him.
He was a compassionate heart for everyone,
never refusing anyone even those who criticized
The Pharisees who were against Him and who
plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk, He
didn't stop visiting them showing His love to them
and that they have hope in Him. When Simon the
Pharisee asked Him to eat with him, Jesus went to his
house, and sat down to eat…He discussed issues and
had a dialogue with him (Lk 7:36-47) though this
Pharisee opened his house for Jesus and not his
heart…even those who crucified Him He found an
excuse for them and said "Father, forgive them, for
they do not know what they do" (Lk 23:34).
Jesus Christ had compassion for the weak,
the hungry and the sick.
He said to those who serve them-even only by
visiting them- "inasmuch as you did it to one of the
least of these My brethren, you did it to Me" (Mt
25:40). The miracle of feeding the four thousand from
the five loaves, He said "I do not want to send them
away hungry, lest they faint on the way" (Mt 15:32).
He cared so much for the poor that He chose His
disciples from the poor fishermen and most of them
were not cultured but He granted them strength and
He cared for everyone that is why He had
Jesus Christ taught people very fine and precious
teachings in a way which was simple for everyone to
understand the grownups and children, the ignorant
and the well educated. Thousands followed Jesus and
many times He had much crowd surrounding Him…He
entered into people's houses, into ships of the
fishermen meeting everyone and talking to them: on
the road, in the fields, on the mountain, into a
deserted place and by the lake…everywhere. He also
entered the synagogues of the Jews and taught
people there (Lk 4:16-21)…He was for everyone,
working for all…
All those who met Jesus He granted them
blessing, grace or guidance. He didn't reject anyone
who came to Him, He opened the gates of salvation
for everyone and didn't just love a certain religious
sect or a certain group, He didn't love special kind of
people or only one nation…
He was for everyone, for the ordinary person and
the philosopher. Was for the simple fishermen as for
Luke the physician and artist and Saul the philosopher
who read lots of books and was cultured at the feet of
Gamaliel who taught the law of the Lord (Ac
22:3)…everyone felt intimate to this Good Teacher,
His kindness, His love, tenderness, his compassion,
how He understands human nature and its needs.
Finally my brethren, this is a long subject and
what I mentioned here is just a part of it ,
I ask for peace to the whole world, in the Middle
East, in Sudan and Somali, in the Western countries,
in Palestine in which Jesus Christ lived for about thirty
years and also in Egypt in which He stayed for three
and a half years.
May you all be in good health and may God bless
this year and bless our beloved country and its
president Hosni Mubarak and all who work for it.
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