There are deep spiritual lessons to learn from each miracle Jesus performed.
Focusing on the miracles itself might be distracting from the underlying spiritual truth.
No wonder most are disappointed when they simply pray with these miracles or simply recite psalms like mantras or incantation and nothing happens.
When you put your cash point card in the ATM it should give you money provided you know your pin code, have money in the bank and you are not exceeding your limit.
The question is what is your relationship with heaven?
Let examine the verse below carefully: Matthew 8:2 “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
First, let me say the subject of faith has been pumped up by modern churches and pastors; such that faith become a complicated issue for us and ordinary Christians are confused.
Often when you have been prayed for or have been praying yourself with no answer. The issue of faith comes in, there is no denying the fact that both the giver and the receiver must act in “faith.”
This is nothing more than believing that God will answer your prayers. I also believe there is nothing like unanswered prayers, though it may tarry.
It does not matter how long this man has suffered from leprosy. But he was opportune to meet Jesus, he probably has been hearing about Jesus.
Leprosy those days is a serious illness and often sufferers are banned from mixing with others and live in exile.
Subsequent text suggested that this man saw Jesus alone see Matthew 8:4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
Note that all this man could do is kneel in front of Jesus in reverence and complete submission.
This is a condemned man ostracized out of society. He dare not reach out to touch Jesus like the woman with the issue of blood.
Jesus could see that he has leprosy and this man is not expected in town. He has no right within normal society.
So he simply said those words “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
This man believes in Jesus as he has heard stories (testimony) but he was not sure if he qualifies.
It is like asking or saying “can you do this for me.” I let you decide or judge how much faith is operating here as space will not let me elucidate further.
We see here, nobody is disqualified from coming to Jesus, irrespective of your past or circumstance. See Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
As 2016 comes to an end, don’t count yourself out of the good news.
Don’t let the devil deceive you that you are pass redemption, come as you are-Jesus is the good news.
If YOU are willing, come and present yourself before the King of kings like this man with leprosy did, he is willing to restore you as he reaches out to you too today see Matthew 8:3 “Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.”
Are you willing? Do you want blessings and like to enter 2017 as a new man? It is simple as seen in Isaiah 1:19 “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;”