Sunday, October 18, 2009

Healed by Faith or Jesus? Luke 18: 36- 43

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Many of us want to be healed, some from a dreadful disease and others of an emotional wound. Here is hope and comfort in this story of the healing.

"When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. He called out, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who lead the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me! Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord, I want to see,’ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it they also praised God.” Luke 18:36-43 NIV

There are many stories of Jesus healing people and this is just one, but it highlights a few wonderful points.

Jesus was passing by. The blind man had a once in a lifetime chance to ask Jesus for healing. There may be a time when we feel Jesus is close at hand, and we are aware that now is the time to speak to him. We should be like the man and “call out.”

He was humble. He didn't say, “Hey I deserve it." Or It is my right,” but, “have mercy on me.” He is aware of his need. It takes humility to ask for mercy.

He would not let the crowd keep him from Jesus. Many of us fall down in life because we fear man and do not treasure God. If you are seeking Jesus keep on calling out to him- ignore the crowds.

He was persistent. If his prayer was not immediately answered he did not give up but continued to call out.

He had a growing view of Jesus. He first called him Son of David that is his earthly title as descended from King David. Next, he calls him Lord, a divine title and a statement of submission. He saw clearly who Jesus was. We need to grow in understanding of who Jesus is. He is always more than we think.

Jesus had compassion, he said, “What do you want me to do for you.” Jesus could see the man was blind but lets the man make his request. Prayer is like that, it is God’s love that lets me make my request. God waits to be asked, He is waiting for the expression of faith that comes out in prayer.

The man's faith was not in a universal force or power within, but his faith was in Jesus. Jesus responds to his faith and the man is healed.

Put your faith in Jesus He is able to heal our ills and hurts.

If you want to know more about finding new life in Jesus see my other blog.

(c) Adron

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