I was praising the literary skills of the writers to Roy, who commented that perhaps their literary skills owe something to Jesus who just got down to the heart of the matter, to blessing, without too many words, and without any wastage of time.
The Kingdom of God has come. We saw the authority of Jesus in his teaching ministry. And now we see Jesus at work in practical ministry.
1 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Amazing, and socially taboo acceptance of a leper.
“I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
In the midst of the large crowds following him, he focuses on one needy individual. Wow!
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
I would have liked to known Jesus in the flesh. He strikes me as a really sweet person.
A Jew who entered the house of a Gentile became ceremonially unclean
But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
There are just a few instances in the Gospels, when Jesus, the omniscient son of God is recorded as being amazed, and they are always to do with faith, such as the faith of another Gentile, the Syro-Phoenician woman
and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
I also love this picture of heaven. It is a feast.
Go. Let it be done just as you believed it would.
Faith literally changes the course of one’s life. I think some of the biggest moves in my life–applying to Oxford University, moving back to Oxford from America and finding lucrative enough work here, starting a publishing company, were entirely the results of faith and prayer.
So, how does one use the nuclear power of faith? We talk about the walk of faith.
So where are you now? What are greatest desires? What you most want to see happen? Start praying in those areas. Behave as if God will answer your prayers. For instance, if you desire to write, then start writing.
If your desire is for your child to be a Christian, thank God for hearing your prayers, and then behave as if she already were a Christian.
14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
and bore our diseases.”
I just love to see Jesus’ intention for human beings–healing, complete healing.
Amazing power, he drove out the spirits with a word. Oh amazing powerful Jesus, you are still alive today. Give me eyes to see you.