Do You Believe?
Matthew 9:27-35, II Corinthians 6:1-10
Here again in today’s Scripture reading Jesus is shown to us as Healer.
Two blind men followed Him crying, "Son of David, have mercy on us."
They continued to follow Him. Jesus, about to enter a house, stopped and said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?"
Jesus then touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith, let it be to you." Their eyes were immediately opened and they could see.
He then warned them, "See that no one knows of this!" In other words, "Don’t tell anyone."
Yet, in thanksgiving to God they went out and spread the news everywhere about Jesus. This was done not in disobedience to Jesus command. According to our understanding of this incident – Jesus did not want them talking about Himself, the man Jesus ... rather, He wanted that they should speak of the glory of God, for Almighty God is the Healer.
As Jesus came out of the house, a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him. This man could not speak. Jesus commanded the demon to leave the man. When the demon had left the man, he could speak.
The people following Jesus were witnesses of these miracles. They marveled and said, "We’ve never seen anything like this before."
But the doubters said, "He casts out demons by the power of demons." These words are the height of stupidity, for no demon casts out another demon. One who casts out demons by the power of demons is nothing more than a magician.
Demons bring on diseases and their purpose is always to separate men from God.
Jesus was doing just the opposite ... He was healing diseases, forgiving sins and preaching the Kingdom of Heaven ... seeking to reconcile people back to God.
Following these two incidents Jesus continued going through towns and cities, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.
Jesus is the great Lover of mankind. He did not wait for them to come to Him. He went all around to where the people were. He drew them to Himself by word and deed, teaching and working wonders.
In our Epistle reading this morning we again heard the words of the Apostle Paul as he quoted ancient Scripture, "Behold, today is the accepted time; behold, today is the day of Salvation."
As we wait for Christ’s return, we are urged to live holy, pure lives, in simplicity and at peace.
In these words from the Apostle Paul, we see the paradox of God in His strength working in human weakness.
When God created us, He gave us the freewill to make choices as to how we choose to live our lives. To choose to live our lives to please ourselves or to please God. TV, radio, ads, commercials, and the very culture of our times bombards us with messages for self pleasure. This is not the way to God.
May I read again, the words of the Apostle Paul, hear the choices he chose to make and in so doing gives example for us in making choices in our lives:
"As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way; through much patience, while in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in hard work, in giving up sleep, in hunger;
"By purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, by truthful speech, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
"By honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report. We are treated as impostors and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything."
May I add the paraphrased the words of Isaiah as recorded in the Holy Scriptures saying, "Our ways are not always the Lord’s ways."
The day of salvation in now. Today is the day for us to make our choices to live for God and to serve God ... with all our heart, mind and soul.
Jesus continues today to stand with arms outstretched saying, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Jesus welcomes you to Himself today.
Bring your worries, your burdens, your cares to Him. He loves you. He cares for you. You are not called to do it alone. God will help you, as you call upon Him for strength. Come to Him today.
Let us pray:
O Lord and all-gracious Savior, we give You thanks for today. We need You to enter into our lives today. Give us strength to live according to Your will. Heal us today, open our eyes so that we may see You and Your glory in all that is around us; loose our tongues so that we may sing praises to You for Your great goodness toward us; for give us our sins, cleanse our thoughts; in Your mercy – save us.
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