Matthew 9:28 – And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
For most of the years of my life and ministry, I believe that the vast majority of Christians believed that God could heal. At the same time, I am not sure most Christians believe that He would heal. Of course, throughout the church age, there has been a certain number of Christians that not only believed God could heal, but that He also would heal. And while I pray it is not happening, there are times I wonder about the present age of Christians that are being produced in many churches. I am encountering more and more young Christians who absolutely declare that it is the will of God to heal, but for whatever the cause, seem not to have a firm grasp on and belief in His ability to heal. They declare Jehovah to be a God of love and great grace, but seem to lack the boldness to make a sure and firm declaration of Father’s ability to completely fulfill whatever His Word says.
In our Text for Today, I see an interesting parallel to what I see in our time. It would appear from their approach to Jesus, that the blind men in question fully believed that Jesus would heal them. The only question in Jesus’s mind was whether the believed He could heal them. But there was a day in Jesus’s earthly ministry when a leper came to Jesus seeking healing. However, when the leper came, things were different. He came to Jesus fulling believing that Jesus could heal him. His question was would Jesus heal Him. I find it interesting that the questions arose from two different directions, and the answer was required from different sources in the conversation.
In the leper’s case, He believed Jesus could heal them, but was unsure if He would, so it was the leper who asked the question and Jesus Who answered, and acted on faith. In the case of the two blind men, they believed Jesus would, but left Jesus looking for the answer as to whether they truly believed He could heal them. So, in this case, it was Jesus Who asked the question, and acted on faith. In both cases, as it still is today, Jesus works to open the door for faith to shine, and when it does, He acts upon that faith for the good of the person in need. So, my friend, be encouraged in your faith today. Jesus will, and Jesus can, and those that believe that shall stand.
Manna for Today – Matthew 9:27-31; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; Matthew 8:1-4