Helping the needy was a central activity of Jesus during His short public ministry. Whether He was healing the sick, feeding the poor, even raising the dead, we see Jesus helping the needy in various ways. In fact, his reputation for helping the needy spread and great crowds would come to be healed or fed. But is helping the needy why He came?
The modern day “mission trip” is in some ways modeled after Jesus helping the needy. For many young Christians, a ‘mission trip’ is a rite of passage. However, even if these were originally inspired by spreading the gospel to others, some mission trips today don’t include much teaching and are only about helping the needy – some even advertise as “non-religious“.
Was helping the needy why Jesus came…or even part of why He came to earth?