Matthew 8-9, Psalm 133
Substituting for Pastor Jeremiah today is guest blogger Jon R. Today, in our pragmatic culture, the supernatural is often cast to the side in place of modern medicine and psychology. While these have a place in balance, it is easy to lose sight of the sovereignty Jesus demonstrated over the things that afflict the world in these chapters. These two chapters demonstrate two great pillars of the Christian walk: the power and authority of Jesus over all things, and faith. Here, Jesus demonstrated power over sickness, death, demonic possession, and creation. When the oppressed came to Jesus, their faith was what set them apart from the rest. In Matthew 27-31, two blind men cried out to Jesus for healing. Before healing them, Jesus asked them a penetrating question, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Earlier, Jesus raised a little girl from the dead and told her, “Take heart daughter, your faith has made you well.” We can see here that faith is the necessary component to receive healing from Jesus. When sickness and affliction invade our lives, who do we turn to first? Hebrews 4:13 says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”, and Jesus is still willing to heal us today. Let us come to Jesus with child-like faith believing that our Dad has absolute sovereignty over all things. God will absolutely use the things of this world for His purposes, but how much more exciting is it to step out and ask Him for something incredible, supernatural, and impossible. Psalm 133 speaks of unity amongst believers, and how wonderful it is. When we all agree in faith that God can do the impossible, people will be set free and we will come to the “unity in the faith” (Ephesians 4:13).