Posts Tagged ‘Healing’

John 9:5-9

John 9:5-9 has Jesus continuing to banter with the religious leaders who want to remove Him from the landscape.  Jesus knows exactly what they are up to, yet He continues to teach and live in a way that points us all to eternity with God. “But while I am still here in the world, I give it my light”.  Jesus was sent by God to this earth on purpose for a purpose, and the threats of man were not going to stop Him.  He came as a light to a very dark world, which is what He remains today.  He sees a man blind from birth, and has to decide whether to take action and heal him, or cave to the religious leaders who want Him dead.

So which choice does He make?  To give light….“Then he spat on the ground and made mud from the spittle and smoothed the mud over the blind man’s eyes, and told him, “Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam” (the word Siloam means “Sent”). So the man went where he was sent and washed and came back seeing”!  In this miracle, Jesus took all the initiative. The blind man did not come to Jesus and ask to be healed, Jesus came to Him. Still, He expected the blind man to respond in faith – that man had to take action and go to the Pool of Siloam and wash himself.  Opening the eyes of the blind was a specific work of the Messiah.

Not everyone would appreciate having mud made with spit rubbed in their eyes. Some would look at how Jesus did this miracle and object, saying that it was offensive, inadequate, or even harmful to rub mud made with spit in a man’s eyes.  Is that how you would respond?  The reality is that we often limit what God is willing to do in our life because we insist on being in control.  We’d love God’s help, but we want it done our way, in our time, and on our plan.  Unfortunately at times we feel the gospel is offensive and pushes us too far, or it is inadequate because God doesn’t do things on our timeline, or that it is even harmful because it gives us freedom from our sin even for those who are ‘bad’ in societies eyes.  Jesus always does good in our life.  We may not always recognize it that way, but it is the outcome of His touch on us.

The healed blind man went among those who knew him and they couldn’t accept what had happened.  “His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Is this the same fellow—that beggar?” Some said yes, and some said no. “It can’t be the same man,” they thought, “but he surely looks like him!” And the beggar said, “I am the same man!””  This guy had just experienced a life changing healing, and the people who knew him just couldn’t accept it.  It seems too amazing to believe, but the man convinced them that he was in fact healed from congenital blindness.  He had been blind for life, but now he could see, all because Jesus came and made it so.  He wants to do the same in our life, maybe not in the same way, but Jesus wants to change us from the inside out.  Are you willing to let Him, and then obey as He directs?

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Matthew 9

Matthew 9 has Jesus continuing some impressive things in His public ministry.  He certainly is no longer under the radar.  “Some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven”.  The religious leaders challenged Jesus for what He was saying and doing, but rather than back down, Jesus tells the paralytic to “Rise, pick up your bed and go home”.  Faith healed this man, but it wasn’t his faith, but that of those who brought him to Jesus.  We can learn much about the power of faith to impact others through this story.

Jesus continues to select His disciples and selects Matthew, a tax collector who was “sitting at the tax booth”.  Jesus asks Matthew to follow Him, and he rose and came along.  “As Jesus reclined at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples”.  They were enjoying a nice meal together, but the religious leaders were still on the rampage about Jesus.  He was getting too close to their turf.  “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners”?  They were looking for anything to discredit Him.  But Jesus has the answer: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners”.

Jesus deals with a couple other faith situations.  First a woman who had a long time disorder comes to Him and says she knows he can make her whole.  Jesus responds with healing based on her faith – “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you wellAnd instantly the woman was made well”.  There was no waiting, no lag time, just faith that turned into healing.  There also was the man whose daughter was ill who came and asked Jesus to come heal her.  When He arrived, He was told she was dead.  But Jesus tells them to “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping. And they laughed at him”.  But Jesus gets the last laugh as “he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose”.

There was yet another incident where two blind men come asking Jesus to heal them.  When they said they believed He could, He said “According to your faith be it done to you”.  Jesus ministry was all about caring for people.  “When he saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd”.  Jesus loves all of us.  His power wasn’t limited to those who were alive while He walked the earth.  His power is equally as strong today, and faith is still the key to activating it in our lives!

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