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9-17-2015 Miracle or Mirage

When a paralyzed man was brought to Jesus, He forgave his sins and said, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins –He said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.’ Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!'” (Mark 2:9-12 NKJV). No music, no shouting, no hand-clapping, no lifting, no supporting, no propping up of this man was needed. Jesus did a miracle, but today, we only see cheap imitations.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#cheap-imitation, #forgive-sins, #healed, #miracles

One Thing I Do Know

In John 9, Jesus heals a blind man on the Sabbath Day. Since he had been blind since birth, what a joyous, life-changing moment this must have been, right? But unfortunately, one of the first things his newly functioning eyes witnessed was Pharisees descending upon him like hounds on a trapped coon. They had an agenda and the man and his parents knew it, so they felt like they were walking on thin ice answering their questions. To them, this wonderful gift of sight from Jesus may have appeared to be a curse at first. Typical of life–when you obtain something worth rejoicing about, there’s somebody there trying to drain all the joy out of it for you.

About the 4th time they came to him asking him what happened, they began basically by trying to bully him into calling Jesus a sinner. His response is one of my favorite verses. It was profound in its simplicity: “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” He didn’t yet know that Jesus was the Messiah; he hadn’t been told much about Jesus at all, and he didn’t go trying to fabricate an answer. He just told them what he knew, which was enough for both parties to make a choice. Might we learn from this that we don’t have to be experts before we tell people about Jesus.

Lord, thank You for providing the account of Jesus and this blind man. Grant us the integrity to admit what we don’t know, the courage to speak what we do, and the wisdom to let the truth guide our thoughts, words, and actions.

#blind-man, #courage, #healed, #jesus, #john-9, #pharisees

Can it be known?

In the mass of humanity can it possibly be known that one if seeks out the Lord the Lord will find that one? How can one speck of dirt be so easily seen by anyone when all around you is nothing but a mound of dirt?

There was a woman who was so ill that hardly any knew of her presence when the crowd thronged around Jesus. Yet, in her act of faith, perhaps with some uncertainty, she reaches out and touches someone – not just any (or every) someone but the Someone – Jesus.

She was healed instantly.

The disciples were amazed that Jesus would even begin to ask the question about who just (merely) touched Him with the crowd pressing in on Him. He knew, and he looked on her who was “guilty” and said to her that her faith made her well (Mark 5:25-34). What is it that the Lord of all the universe is so interested in one small speck of dirt that He is able to pick that speck out of the mound of those around who have a mere curiosity?

Can it be known that you seek emotional and spiritual relief, that you are heavy with guilt? Oh, it can be known, but will you let it be known?

How strong is your faith?

#healed, #jesus, #known