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Friday, May 29, 2020

Because of Your Faith

After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” 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.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”—Matthew 9:27-29

Jesus had just raised a young woman from the dead when two blind men started to follow Him, shouting for mercy. They couldn't see in front of them, yet they could follow Jesus. They had a great need, but they also had faith. When faith is strong, it is like adrenalin. You can reach beyond what appears your natural ability. Their faith was so strong that they followed Jesus right into the home where he was staying. Jesus asked if they believed that he could give them sight.  They said, “we do.” Jesus told them that because of their faith, they would see.

The report of the synagogue leader's daughter raised from the dead had swept through the area. If Jesus could raise a girl from the dead, He could heal them. These two men believed. As they followed Jesus, they called out to Him. They didn't hold back their need. They were bold following Him into the place He was staying. The two were blind, but they believed. 

When Jesus asked them if they believed He could make them see, they knew their hope was about to come true. Jesus wouldn't have asked if He didn't intend to do it!  When they answered “yes” in response to Jesus’ question, they spoke what they believed. “Because of your faith, it will happen,” Jesus told them. 

Do you believe in Jesus? Does faith inspire you to accept Jesus' promise of healing? Are you as determined as these two men, or does fear make you question if He will help you?  With faith, you can believe in what you haven't yet received. Be bold and pray confidently. Just as these two men, reach beyond your illness—your pain—your suffering, and believe in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross.

“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed” (Isaiah 53:5, NLT).

Jesus became pierced for our rebellious nature. He became crushed for our sins. He received beatings so that we can be whole—not shattered emotionally or physically or mentally. He experienced whipping so that we can perceive healing. Jesus took the pain of our scourging. He went as a Lamb to the slaughter so that we can receive healing for sin, illness, and death. 

“Because of your faith, it will happen,” Jesus told the two men. Can He also say that about us? 

©2020 Lynn Lacher

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