Tuesday, April 11, 2006

RE: Feed Back!

Matthew 17:14-20
14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before Him. 15 "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.
16 I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not heal him."
17 And Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me."
18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not drive it out?"
20 And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

I asked for some feed back on the above passage 27 days ago and was pleasantly surprised to receive a lot of good insights and different points of view. Today my mind came back to this scripture, however, and so I thought I’d add a point I have previously overlooked. It is a witness on the character and wonderful life of Jesus.
In these verses Jesus’ disciples were unable to heal a man’s son and so the man took his plea strait to the author of faith and life. Jesus responded in quite a confusing way. He didn’t say to the man “go your faith has made him well.” He responded with some harsh yet necessary words of tough love, and then proceeded to heal the boy.
Now this is the interesting point that was solidified in my mind today. Jesus still healed the boy! The disciples lacked faith at this point to heal the child and apparently their faith was smaller than a mustard seed. Yet Jesus with them remained faithful, even when they were faithless. I love to see that testimony in this scripture because that is an important part of Christ. He was/is both full of mercy and faith. When our lives doubt, or our faith shrinks in fear, Christ in us remains faithful. Christ in us heals the broken hearted releases the captives and declares the glory of our God! If our faith is weak and cannot move mountains, Christ’s Spirit in us and with us strengthens our faith and does the deeds we couldn’t yet perform. In short this passage of His word shows us how we are, in Him, made complete. With Jesus in our lives, He proclaimed that greater things we would accomplish then He did while on this earth. Not because of our great faith in God but because of our faith in a Great God. He is our King of kings and savior who is full of mercy and grace. Let us never disown His rightful place in our hearts and then nothing will be impossible to us! (That’s including overcoming a twisted nature which is prone to wonder, and even one lacking a mustard seed worth of faith)

If we endure, we will also reign with Him. If we disown Him, He will also disown us; if we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself. 2 timothy 2:12-13


shinbone #4 said...

It's so good isn't it? 'Cause I seem to be consistently faithless. I know He can do it... but for some reason I don't actually expect Him to....

Yogger said...

How are you?

TheDrake said...

That was awesome John...