|Jesus heals a Blind Man, El Greco.|
18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
The simple touching faith of these individuals activated God’s power in their lives.
23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.
This prefigures Jesus’s ultimate power over death shown in his resurrection
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
So would the Son of God not have healed them if they did not believe he was able to? Apparently so.
In which areas of your life do you possess weak faith? Ask God to increase your faith. Pray to see his activity in these areas.
Are you operating on hope rather than faith?
Isaiah 35:5 “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened.”
Nothing and no one is immune from criticism–not even making the mute speak.
Jealousy and criticism from your competitors are to be expected no matter what you do. Keep your focus on Christ.
Isaiah 35:5 Then will the mute tongue shout for joy.
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
His teaching and proclamation was accompanied by healings.
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
One might expect that this is a twentieth century phenomenon with the too-muchness of our day. However, 20 centuries ago, people still felt harassed and helpless and lacking direction.
The leaders had failed in their responsibility to shepherd.
Jesus asks us to pray that the sheep would find a shepherd. I will do so now.