Genesis 31:22-32:12 / Matthew 10:27-11:6 / Psalm 13:1-6 / Proverbs 3:16-18
“And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “are you the coming one or do we look for another?” Jesus answered them and said, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see, the lame walk, the leapers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.”
When Jesus enters a life, His miraculous power can begin to work…that’s when things get exciting! I love these verses because they bring such a picture of hope, inspiration and expectation.
“The blind see”. Jesus wants to open our eyes to His wonderful ways and His awesome power. If you feel like you’ve been unable to “see the road ahead” and you don’t know the “what” or the “how”, ask Him to show you…He promises He will. He wants to open our eyes to lots of things. The key is going before Him, asking Him, and waiting with expectation knowing that He is the one that opens the eyes of the blind.
“The lame walk”. Many of us feel lame, unable to move forward, unable to continue. We’ve settled for remaining where we are because we don’t have the strength to go on. But, Jesus promises to get us walking strong again. He will lift us up, set us on our feet and help us move forward into the great things He has planned for our lives if we believe this truth and allow Him to work.
“The leapers are cleansed”. Jesus wants us to be clean through and through. It is sin and shame that blocks our relationship with Him. Being clean and walking free can’t happen on our own strength, it comes by way of our hearts being yielded to Him. As we bring our “junk” to Him, beginning with real honesty and repentance, even the darkest sins and secrets can be brought into the light and made clean!
“The deaf hear”. God wants to speak to us. He wants to show us great and marvelous things we wouldn’t know on our own. He is willing and waiting as we listen for His voice believing He will speak to us.
“The dead are raised up”. Awesome! I love this one the most! One of God’s favorite things is restoring the broken and bringing green life to those who have given up and feel dead on the inside. What seems like the end is really the beginning when our hearts are yielded to Him and the unbelievable plans He has for our lives!! As we die to “self”, the real adventure begins.
“The poor have the Gospel preached to them”. As God does His awesome, restoring, healing works in the lives of His children, He then strengthens and equips us to reach beyond ourselves to others, who, like us, are in desperate need for His awesome healing power. Through us (the formerly blind, lame, deaf, leprous and dead) the Gospel’s saving power will be spread far and wide and will save the souls of many!