27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
28When 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.
29Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;
Oh, what words. These words have caused many tears and consternation for many and when I come across them, sometimes I have to pause and look.
Always look at the context
- These men were in the presence of Jesus – They were right there. He was there.
- The Will of Jesus – The way Jesus asked the question showed that Jesus was willing to heal them. Jesus would never have asked this question and then said, “Psych” and rubbed his hands through his hair and walked off. Jesus doesn’t do that.
Sometimes Jesus doesn’t heal because “man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27) – Death will not be eliminated until the return of Christ. Sometimes he doesn’t heal because it is time for that person to die.
Living forever in this current, corruptible body isn’t an option. The thing is it is NEVER Ok with us for someone in our lives to die. We love them and we want to hold onto them forever. Granny died last summer and it is NOT OK with me.
Poppa D (my husbands father) died a year and a half a go and my son and I cried about it two days a go. It is NOT OK. Death is never OK. We hate it and we don’t like it.
It comes down to God’s will. I do not profess to understand it. I do profess that He can heal whomever He wishes however He wishes. It is His choice.
- It was private – I’m not saying that the loud healing services don’t happen. I just find it very interesting how Jesus never healed out of showmanship… he was very wary of making a spectacle and didn’t like an audience for his healing. Healing was a personal, private thing that was through faith in Christ.
- It was semipermanent – I don’t see either of these men running around today… they died eventually. Healing can happen but often because it is not permanent we negate that it happened at all. God may heal for a season because He has a further purpose for a person and then he calls them home.
This is such a personal issue because it comes squarely in the face of two things that both we and God detest: death and pain. Death and pain are a result of sin in this world and our sinful natures. We hate them and yet we know that God will help us through that.
” 15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his saints.”
“the day of death better than the day of birth.”
I don’t understand it and yet I believe it. My view of death changed fundamentally when I went through labor and delivery of my first child and each child after that (I have three) I came to a closer realization that Jesus Christ will NEVER leave me nor forsake me.
When one has a child, you truly feel as close to death as you could be. And yet, God was with me — I felt his presence. He did not leave me. I was never alone.
And the day I die, it will be the same. He will be there beside me, holding my hand and I will not be afraid.
That is easy for me to say now, as I sit here in my office chair getting ready to go on vacation and waiting to have a conference call. And yet, the truth of it is burned onto my very soul.
My God is faithful to accomplish what concerns me today. He just is.