Tuesday, December 14, 2010

your faith has made you whole

In Luke 18.42 we are told of a blind man who saw things more clearly than many around him. Although he couldn't see what was going on he had become pretty adept at listening to the rumblings and the rumors that were on the street. He had listened to the stories that passers-by were telling of this man Jesus. They were tales of healings, and teaching of great wisdom. He had accessed in his own mind who this Jesus might be. When things began to stir around him he wanted to know what was going on. When they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was going by he began to cry out for mercy using the Messianic title "Son of David". he was rebuked and told to be quiet but kept pressing in past the shushing of the crowd. He knew that what he wanted could not be given by men but only by God. Jesus noticed the voice of the man with so much faith and healed him saying, "your faith has made you whole."

What did the blind man see that we miss so often.
1) He saw who Jesus was.
2) He saw his own need clearly.
3) He knew that public opinion meant very little- just get close to Jesus.
4) He knew what he desired and asked for it unashamedly.

Jesus recognized all that as faith. As I said last Sunday, faith is the currency of the Kingdom of God. You must have some, to get what you want from Jesus. The crowd will discourage you from pressing in, you may not even know Jesus very well, and you may even feel you are limited by your short comings and blind spots, but if you press in he will give to you what you need.

Are you asking? Are you crying out as he passes by? Are you aggressive in your pursuit of him inspite of all the nay saying of others (even other christians) around you? If you are, YOUR FAITH..., will bring you to wholeness.

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