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(Part 18)



December 7, 2012
Today’s gospel: Matthew 9:27-31

Faith works wonders. Jesus healed two blind men, saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” (Mt 9:29b). How can people today experience the wondrous and miraculous works of God? It is to have faith in Jesus. It is to BE.LI.EV.E!

First, we recognize our dire need, our desperation, or utter inability to work things out for ourselves. We recognize that only God can bring us out of the darkness of our lives. The two blind men cried out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” (Mt 9:27).

Second, we go to Jesus. We enter into a relationship with him. “When he entered the house, the blind men approached him” (Mt 9:28a). Jesus is always knocking at the door of our hearts. It is just our blindness and hardness of heart that cause us not to open the door. But if and when we do, Jesus is there and he will enter into our house (hearts).

Third, we have faith in him. We know that he is the Savior. We know how much he loves us, that he gave us his very life, and that in doing so, he will not withhold any good thing from us. Jesus is just waiting for us to accept him into our lives, to allow him to be our Lord. “Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they said to him.” (Mt 9:28b).

Finally, we allow Jesus to work in our lives. We in fact give him free rein over our whole lives. He is the Master. He knows what is best for us. But he will not force his goodness upon us. We need to present ourselves and accept what he wants to do in our lives. “Then he touched their eyes” (Mt 9:29a).

We meet Christ and we start to live Christ. One more thing, we need to share Christ. Now because his time had not yet come, “Jesus warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this.” (Mt 9:30b). “But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.” (Mt 9:31). They could not contain themselves. They could not help but share their joy.

Since just before Jesus ascended to heaven and up to today, Jesus tells us to proclaim the good news of salvation in him to the whole world. But just as the two blind men disobeyed Jesus and spread what he did throughout the land, many Christians today also disobey Jesus, by not spreading what he did throughout the world! The two blind men spread the word because they could not keep such good news to themselves. Christians today do not even appreciate the good news of salvation in Jesus, much less proclaim it. How tragic!

For those who have met Christ and are living Christ, we must share Christ. Just like the two blind men, we must go out and spread word of him through all the land. We must do so with great enthusiasm, vigor, passion, doggedness, perseverance. We look at what God has already done for us, and we must be so filled with joy and gratitude that we cannot be prevented from proclaiming the gospel.

Oh, that people, especially Christians, would see the truth of the gospel, the beauty of the Lord’s saving act, the reality of healing and wholeness that comes only from Jesus. Oh, that they might have faith! Let us do our share and help bring people to BE.LI.EV.E. “And their eyes were opened.” (Mt 9:30a).

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