Friday, January 28, 2011

Saturday, January 29

In reading Matthew 8-9, we see miracle after miracle; healing after healing occur.

These miracles inlcude:

-the healing of the man with leprosy

-the healing of the Roman Officer's servant

-the healing of Peter's mother-in-law

-the healing of the demon possessed

-the calming of the storm

-the casting out of demons into the herd of pigs

-the healing of the paralyzed man

-the healing of the synagogue leader's daughter

-the healing of the woman with the hemorrhage

-the healing of the blind

-casting out another demon in the mute man

This list is an amazing testiment to the love Jesus had for people. But I think it is a greater conviction to us as his followers. This list is not created because Jesus went and sought out each of these people. These miracles occurred when these people in need sought after Jesus. Jesus wants us in relationship with him but doesn't force it upon us. We must take the step towards him! How often do we take our big or small problems to his feet? Too often we try and fix the problems but here we see a great picture of taking our concerns straight to his feet.

As we continue to read in Matthew 10, we see Jesus sending out the twelve apostles. As the twelve are listed, we see twelve men who weren't religious leaders but regular men who were willing to be used. Following the list of these men we see Jesus' instructions to them and it is amazing to see the powerful things that they were sent to do in His name! Ordinary men were being given extraordinary tasks! We too must accept the extraordinary task set before us.

"The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields." Matthew 9:37-38

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