“29 Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down. 30 A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. 31 The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.”
There are two sides to the Christian walk, and understanding the faith in general. There is the perfection of a God who loves us so much that He sent His perfect son to live OUR life, die, and rise again so that we also may have life. Matthew 20:28 says that “28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”. We all know and love this part. We love thinking that God is so loving and so perfect and just wants to bless us and the best for us.
The part we don’t like to accept, however, is that WE have to admit our own fault in the first place. Look at the first part of these verses. The people brought to Jesus are blind, lame, dumb, and more. I think we can all find ourselves in this. We have infirmities. We are born into a sinful nature. Romans 5:12 states that “12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”. The ones specifically mentioned, however, I feel have a deeper meaning.
1) We are lame and crippled
This isn’t lame as in “not cool”, although that case could be made as well.
As in John 8:33-34,
“33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?” 34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.”
2) We are blind
“14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
-Matthew 15:14 (KJV)
We stumble about in darkness because that’s all that can exist in the absence of Light. We are too proud to admit that we are failing, and falling. We are following Satan when we are not following God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 says that “3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Paul talks in Corinthians 13 about this. Right now, we see things darkly, unfocused. But when we come to know Christ, things are made clearer and more whole. I may not know EVERYTHING right away, but there are things that are made abundantly obvious. The friends I now see who are living in sin versus those who walk in Jesus’ blood.
Unfortunately, many live in darkness and cannot see without the Light of this world. “4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[understood] it.”
We have so many different ways, so many religions, denominations, self-help books that try and get us through this life. But all of us at some point, missed the point. JESUS. We are all guilty of this fact.
Actually, the problem here is that we speak too much.
Humanity has been shouting since we were created. Just look at Babel. But what we don’t speak is truth. Individually we all reject or have rejected God. We create our own brand of truth that we proclaim as the right way to live. Everyone has this idea that we can pick and choose what we want to believe, but don’t have to sell out to anything. Even those who claim to be Christians can speak falsely. Like it says in Isaiah 29:13,
“9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
All of us, myself included, have been like that Pharisee. We think that because we are “good”, and not like the real “bad” people, that we are okay. WE ARE NOT OKAY. We NEED to be able to admit this in order for anything good to be done in our lives. God is willing to help and can push us in the right direction, but He won’t force anything. The decision has to be ours. But how can a patient be healed if he won’t admit he is sick? I had to. I still have to remind myself. I don’t have this all figured out. I make mistakes, I mess up. Jesus Himself said He didn’t come for those who are okay, but the sick. WE are all sick. If you learn anything from what I’ve said, let it be this:
IN ORDER TO BE MADE WHOLE, WE HAVE TO ADMIT WE ARE BROKEN.
Jesus didn’t heal people who didn’t need it. But on a spiritual level, we all need healing. Whether you don’t know Jesus, or don’t have a relationship with Him, or have been straying to do things your own way, we need to come to realize that we can’t do life on our own. Next time, we’ll be talking about the One who heals us when we are broken, and how He does it.
~Michael Wright, Jr.~