by Christina Farris
35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.
40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter. Jesus already had a crowd to seek him and yet he goes to gather more people together. He goes to another area, his own hometown casting out devils. While there he healed a leper and charged him not to speak to anyone but go show himself to the priest and to perform the cleansing Moses commanded for a testimony to who the priesthood. Yet this man could not obey Jesus, but went forth tell everyone what Jesus had done for him. It set the area on fire to a point Jesus had to go into the desert and preach, because he could not enter a city without people coming and wanting to be healed, or be near Jesus, to see for themselves this miracle worker. People still came to his solitary place and sat with him in the desert to hear him, to be healed and so forth.
I will be honest we see on television big television evangelist today that still draw a crowd. What does it take to draw a crowd besides a good speaker, and good singers, but the true miracles of God. Billy Graham though he did pray for people to be healed, he preached one thing and that was Jesus saves, and one must be born again. His ministry not built on the miracles of healing but on the word of God. No doubt there were miracles in his evanglism but the word of God was more emphasised in his career and ministry. Yet other evangelist have based there ministry on healing, drawing a crowd to see their power, that is no power for them to control. Having people come to make money to see a side show to have their hopes and dreams fall apart because they received not their miracle.
Until you been healed, or known someone to be healed the miracles of God is only a hope and not always a reality, when and if it becomes a reality in your life it will change your way of thinking about faith. Yet sometimes it more then a miracle or even two or three that may come that will only cause knowledge of faith, but not faith of jubilee of the man healed of leprosy. How could a man be quiet after Jesus healed him, how could he make his way quietly to the temple in obedience with seeing his skin cleansed of a disease. Only imagine for a moment what a crowd it did stir up as he went shouting how this man Jesus healed him. Yet what about the crowd that knew the power of Jesus, knew the reality of Jesus. It would not of caused this much fire to start drawing a crowd, for it only took one spark of deliverance to draw a crowd.
It not the miracle but it was Jesus who drew a crowd and maintained a crowd. It was not just miracles, it was the word of God, the word of hope that kept people coming back for more. The people were hungry for the word of God and the signs and miracles of their day. What keeps a crowd coming the power of the Holy Spirit speaking to the heart of man. How many of us hear about a revival and never move off the couch to go and spend time at a revival service and the question is why? Are we complacent to the word of God, are we tone deaf to what God is speaking to our hearts.
The true question is what drives us to hear the word of God. The crowd came because of miracles that were obvious healings, for they knew those healed and sick in body for years. It also brought people to hear Jesus teach. They were starving for the word of God during the time of Christ. Though there is still places were revival is happening, you can be in and area, where either miracles are known, or non existent. Either a place that hushes the word of God or a place the word of God is shouted about from the roof tops. Some maybe in a place i heard about the miracles of Jesus, but i have yet to see one, so what does that have to do with me. Some might say I hear the word of God see the value of it, and it part of my life, but once a week is enough When one see no value besides once a week, the devil is more likely to steal that once a week right out of you as well. God's word is important to our lives, the healing draws a crowd, but people do get sick again, or often do not remain well, even if they get only a short virus that gone in 24 hours. Truth is health comes and goes, and will continue as long as we live in this world. Yet what we see with a miracle is a stumbling block removed in a persons life, maybe even a stumbling block of faith for others.
We see the revival spirit burning, and wonder what is wrong if it not burning in our hearts, the love of Jesus, then we realize the fire can not burn if we one do not believe, and do not hear, listen and do the will of God, by encouraging people to believe and trust in Jesus. If we do not sow the word of God you can not expect God's word to grow. Jesus early crowd was based mainly on miracles, in time it would be to hear the word he spoke. The church planter sow seed of faith or miracles through prayer. The miracles may be necessary for faith, but the word is what mankind hungers for. As we go to the next chapter the miracles come but also the lessons of faith, and forgiveness begin. The miracles of healing show the power of forgiveness.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the miracles that lit the revival fire through you healing hand, but let us not forget the need to follow your word and to obey it. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Matthew 13:11-17 KJV
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.