TITLE: Jesus Showing Us
By Melinda Bozak
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3 “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” 4 Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— 5 the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.
The accounts of the miracles Jesus performed are such a blessing. They encourage us in our faith. They give us reasons to believe that Jesus can indeed work that miracle that we have been praying for in our life, as well. In these stories, it is faith, that is the reason for the healings. There is always that one person who not only desired a miracle, but truly believed Jesus could heal – even if the faith is that of someone other than the recipient. This precisely the reason intercessory prayer is so important.
As I recently read the scripture accounts again, I saw them with fresh eyes and a new perspective. I had always viewed them as miraculous events documented in history. But perhaps the miracles were more word pictures. “Show, don't tell,” isn't that what we are instructed to do as we write? Isn't Jesus doing exactly that? Showing us physical examples of what He can do in our lives spiritually. Not everyone that prays for a miracle. Not everyone that believes they will receive one, does indeed receive one. But Jesus loves us... so why shouldn't we all get the miracle that we pray for?
Miracles are not about us. Miracles are not given to those that God 'loves more' or those who are more righteous. Miracles are to glorify God. The miracles demonstrate in our physical world, what God will do for those who believe in His Son.
The blind man, when healed, could look around and see the beauty of God's creation. Do we ask for eyes to see, the benefit of His will for our lives?
The deaf man, when healed, could hear the melodies played on the harp. Do we pray that God will give us ears to hear the harmony of the gospels?
The lame man, when healed, was jumping and leaping and praising God. His inability to move no longer restricted him. Do we allow our limitations to prevent us from going and doing what He is calling us to do? Or do we ask that God to enable us and give us strength?
Do we 'mind our own business' and keep our faith private, so as not to offend anyone? Or are we meeting the needs of the less fortunate and sharing the Good News with the poor in spirit?
The lepers were cured of the horrible disease that caused them to be separated from society. Do we ask God to cure our diseased sinful hearts, so that we will not remain separated from God in His righteousness?
Lazarus was in the tomb for three days and yet Jesus raised him from the dead. Apart from Jesus we are spiritually dead. God's own Son remained in the grave three days so that we, by His sacrifice and our belief in Him, may be raised and have eternal life in Him. Jesus forgives sins and miraculously heals our hearts.
Matthew 9:5 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’?
Thank you Lord that there is no limit to Your miracles. Thank You for prayer warriors and for still showing us miracles of physical healing today. Help us to never forget that there is no heart that You cannot heal, no soul You cannot save – when there is someone who steps out in faith and believes.
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