Friday, December 6th, 2013
Impossible Healings (Part 5)
Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, 'Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!'
Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, 'Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!'
So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, 'What do you want Me to do for you?'
They said to Him, 'Lord, that our eyes may be opened.' So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
Matthew 20:29-34 (NKJV)*
If 'Faith comes by hearing' (Romans 10:17), if 'We walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7), if 'The Lord opens the eyes of the blind' (Psalm 146:8), if He knocks before He enters, then we must hear Him before we can see Him. Meaning?
We must believe before we receive. It's called blind faith. 'Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours' (Mark 11:24).
When Jesus began His public ministry, He described His mission: 'The people who sat in darkness have seen a Great Light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.' From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, 'Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand' (Matthew 4:16-17).
To repent is to turn: to turn from darkness to light.** Consider this movement in terms of healing:
1) We live in the darkness of disease. It's a prison of mental and physical confinement. Our cell may be large or small, comfortable or painful, artificially lit or dreadfully dark. Nevertheless, it's prison.
2) We hear about Jesus. He's walking down the aisles with a key in His Hand.
3) We have a choice: Some scoff. 'It's too good to be true. It's probably a trick to get us to go to some place even worse. I'm ok here. I have food. I'm used to it. It's home.' They don't even turn to look.
But others hope. They turn toward a Light so bright they have to squint at first. It's incredible. Some get bold. They ask Him to release them--so He opens the door. He is the Door, and says, 'Follow me to freedom.' They don't know where they're going, but they choose to believe He will take them to a better place.
4) They are healed, 'That the works of God should be revealed' (John 9:3).*** It may be quick or it may be slow. It may be physical, but definitely spiritual.
Remember: The works of God are not only revealed by miraculous healings. They are also revealed by the noble lives of those who handle their afflictions with amazing grace, like Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic--or others who example Christ in their trials. The legacy of their witness is immeasurable by human standards. But God measures, because our rewards in Heaven are determined by our fruit on Earth.****
Actors, models and talent for Christ: the world is filled with sick people; physical, emotional and mental illness abounds. The world is filled with blind people. In fact, 'The blind lead the blind' (Luke 6:39), and both have fallen into pits.
'You are the light of the world' (Matthew 5:14). It is your duty to walk beyond the walls of your church and carry His Light right into the prison system of media.
To Be Continued...
* Other blind men being healed by Jesus:
** The biblical meaning of repent: http://gospeltranslations.org/wiki/Biblical_Repentance/The_Meaning_of_Repentance
*** 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+9&version=NKJV
**** Joni Eareckson Tada: http://www.joniandfriends.org; Nick Vujicic: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org
**** Our Heavenly rewards: http://www.equip.org/bible_answers/are-there-degrees-of-reward-in-heaven/#christian-books-1
**** 'Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things' (Philippians 4:8).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.