20 February 2018
GraceNotes – A Journey of Discovery
Scripture: Matthew 9:27-31 (Click link for scripture in Bible Gateway)
27 After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” 28 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.” 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30 Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” 31 But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region. (Matthew 9:27–31 NLT)
Jesus had just healed a woman who had hemorrhaged for 12 years. She desperately pressed through the crowd to Jesus because she believed that if she could touch him, she’d be healed. She did and she was! Then Jesus and the crowd reached the synagogue leader’s home. The grieving but hopeful father said to Jesus, “I know you can bring my daughter back to life if you just come and lay your hand on her!” Jesus took her by the hand and gave her back her life!
Jesus and his disciples, and no doubt the rest of the crowd as well, continued on for another couple of blocks to the house Jesus and his disciples were staying in. All the while two blind men followed, shouting above the noise of the crowd, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” They persistently followed Jesus right into his living room, still shouting for his attention!
Jesus said to the desperate woman, “Your faith has made you well!” Now Jesus asks the blind men if they believe he can heal them. They replied, “Yes Lord, we do!” He touched them and gave them their sight and said, “Because of your faith, you’re healed!” The woman, the synagogue official and the blind men each had faith. In each case, their faith was expressed by a statement, by a desperate act, or by persistence.
Each expressed their faith: By speaking it, by a desperate act, by determined persistence. Declaration, Desperation, Determination. I don’t want to make this formulaic, but is there something for which you need Jesus’ healing, life-restoring touch? How can you express your faith and receive Jesus’ healing touch?
Father, May the healing, life-restoring power of Jesus be released in our lives, in our situations. We do believe! We seek to touch you and be touched. In Jesus’ Name!