Yesterday’s selection concluded with Jesus raising a little girl from the dead. As he moved on from there, here’s what happened next:
Two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”
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. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
The blind men proclaim that he is “Son of David” — the Messiah for whom God’s people have been waiting. He confirms their words by again demonstrating his power over both the natural and supernatural by healing the blind, mute and “every disease and sickness.”
He’s also the Good Shepherd who has compassion on all us “harassed and helpless” sheep, as well as “Lord of the harvest.”
2. What exactly should we do?
Over and over and over and over Jesus makes it clear what he wants first and foremost from us: to BELIEVE.
He asks the blind men if they believe that he can heal them. When they say “yes,” Jesus declares, “according to your faith let it be done to you” and restores their sight.
After many more miraculous healings, Jesus concludes by telling his disciples that the harvest is “plentiful” but the workers are “few.” He then urges them to ask for more workers to be sent out into his harvest field.
Up until that moment, Jesus had been doing the work of God’s Kingdom all by himself. But now he invites others to join him. What an awesome privilege. The world would never be the same.
Live out your faith: trust Jesus 2897%, go out with him into his harvest field and pray for lots and lots and lots of others to join you.
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