Growing Confidence in Jesus
"Astonished." "Utterly astonished." Their impression of Jesus was growing by leaps and bounds. Every encounter with Jesus was like entering and exploring another specially prepared room. The disciples saw everything going on. They were not just learning some catechism, principles or points of technique. They were learning to trust Jesus with every problem that they could face.
An encounter with Jesus was a life-changing experience. This wasn't just for the disciples. It is apparent that no matter how much Jesus told the crowd to be quiet about what He had done, they had to tell someone. Jesus' instructions were incompatible with their soul's joy. Jesus was being practical and humble. But they were astonished, liberated and exhilarated. They just couldn't stay quiet. So what was the big commotion over this time? Let's take a look at what happened.
I wonder if the crowd saw this man laying by the roadside and wondered whether he could be helped by Jesus or that they were just testing out Jesus to see what He really could do. They, more than likely the crowd, brought him to Jesus. Jesus evidently knew several things about this man.
Jesus refused to take the regular healing measures. Perhaps they began to think it was the special technique. Jesus shattered the simple 'lay the hands on' means of healing this time. He stuck His fingers in the person's actual ears and with His spit touched the tongue of the man. Lastly, He called to God and commanded, "Be opened." This might seem a bit repulsive, but we are with the crowd surprised at Jesus' immediate success of healing that man.
Here was another broken man made whole. The crowd said it well, "He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak." Confidence in Jesus began to grow and grow. With this miracle, one could see the crowd thinking who they could bring to Jesus to be healed.
I can't help but think what do I believe about Jesus? The best test of this is to see who I have brought to Jesus lately. This might seem a play on words because Jesus is not physically present, but is not Jesus alive today? Do we not acknowledge that anything He could do then, He can now do? Do we not acknowledge as Christ's disciples that He desires to do those things He has done?
I find the problem is that we, including myself, have little faith. We are not sure whether Jesus can do those things. And perhaps to a lesser degree we wonder whether He wants to do those things. If we were sure on His purpose, then our faith would be terribly exposed. We don't want that!
If our faith in His ability to do such things is so meager, perhaps we are not seeing many great things happen. Since we do not see these things happen, our impression of Jesus is rather stuffy and rigid. We think of Him only as a good teacher. But certainly this is not the impression the disciples or crowd received nor is it the impression we should have of Jesus! Jesus was the Son of God. He is to be believed and followed. I wonder what Jesus I am following? Is it the real One or is it one that I can easily fit into my life experience?
Each meeting with Jesus should be an eye-opening encounter. Each time we as His people are in His presence as His body, we should be humbled and amazed at the glory of Christ. Isn't this the purpose of church? Would God want us to have secular views of Jesus Christ or realistic ones?!
I need to pray. I am so humbled at my little faith. Feel free to join me.
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Paul J. Bucknell
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