Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Impossible Healings (Part 11)
Then He touched their eyes, saying, 'According to your faith let it be to you.' And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, 'See that no one knows it.' But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.
Matthew 9:29-31 (NKJV)*
As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, 'See that you say nothing to anyone...' However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city.
Mark 1:42-45 (NKJV)**
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
So Jesus answered and said, 'Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?'
Luke 17:15-18 (NKJV)***
'See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.' The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had made him well. For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him.
John 5:14-16 (NKJV)****
Jesus often warned the recipients of His miracles to remain silent about them, but many did not. So what was their consequence? Did they suffer a relapse? Did something even worse than their original illness come upon them?
The man healed by the pool of Bethesda is an unusual case. Stricken for 38 years, he joined a 'Great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water' (John 5:3). In this story, we're told of a large pool with many decks. It was visited at unknown intervals by an angel, who...
'Stirred up the water. Then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had' (v.4). It sounds like a biblical game show: the Gospel prototype of 'The Great Race.'
As Jesus walked by this sad assembly, he chose one man to heal. But this man seemed to be a whiner, not a winner. Even so, he rose to the occasion and left a new man. A short time later, he revealed the identity of Jesus to interrogating Jews. 'For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him.' (v.16)
Basically, he ignored the great Physician's follow-up advice: 'Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.' (v.14)
This explicit warning applies to everyone God has delivered from anything. Don't forget Who freed you. Don't forget Who healed you. Don't forget to thank Him. Don't disobey His Word--and don't ever return to your old way of life.
To Be Continued...
* Two Blind Men Healed: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%209:27-31&version=NKJV
** Jesus Cleanses a Leper: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%201:40-45&version=NKJV
*** Ten Lepers Cleansed: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2017:11-19&version=NKJV
**** A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda: LINK=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%205:1-15&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.