Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Impossible Healings (Part 13)
The Man Born Blind
'Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.'
They answered and said to him, 'You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?' And they cast him out.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, 'Do you believe in the Son of God?'
He answered and said, 'Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?'
And Jesus said to him, 'You have both seen Him and it is He Who is talking with you.'
Then he said, 'Lord, I believe!' And he worshiped Him.
John 9:32-38 (NKJV)
Do healing and salvation go Hand in hand? It starts that way, but does it end that way? Do the healed stay connected to the Healer all the way to the finish line? If we disregard the great Physician or His post-op Orders, I'm not sure.
John chapter nine focuses on the miraculous healing of the man born blind--and what happened beyond it.* Because when he regained his sight, he faced Pharisaical interrogation: his parents once, and himself twice. Although he did not yet know Jesus as the Messiah, he refused to sell out Jesus as a Man.
Instead, He launched a counter offensive and defended Him, challenging the false understanding of Jewish leaders. His earthly result? Exclusion from the synagogue and possibly, Jewish culture. His heavenly result? Inclusion in the Kingdom of God and the foundation of His new church on Earth.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: defend your King--any time, any place. Especially under interrogation from religious leaders. 'Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before My Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns Me before others, I will disown before My Father in Heaven' (Matthew 10:32-33).
What about the leaders of entertainment? Expect to meet them: 'Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:3).**
'On My account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them... Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you' (Matthew 10:18-20).
Speak to them first with your talent, passion and behavior. When words are needed, let Jesus speak through you. If, as a consequence, you are excluded from any set or show, God will place you in a better one.
To Be Continued...
* John chapter nine: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%209&version=NKJV
** Isaiah 60:1-3 (NAS): http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2060:1-3&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.