Posted by: glorifyhim1 | January 10, 2012

To Know Christ

Recently, I read in Matthew 9:27-31 where Jesus healed two blind men. After their eyes were opened, “Jesus sternly warned them, saying, ‘See that no one knows it'” (see verse 30). A similar story is told in Mark 7:31-37 where Jesus healed a man who was both deaf and mute. Verse 36 states: “Then He (Jesus) commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.” There are other stories in the gospels where Jesus healed the sick and hurting and then requested that they tell no one. Why? Jesus’ ability to heal was one of the attributes that clearly revealed Him as the Messiah, so why would He want those with a story to tell to be silent? And why did those healed feel compelled to do the one thing that Jesus asked them not to do?

It is commonly accepted that one reason Jesus requested those healed to remain silent was because of its effect on His ministry. Once news spread of His healing, people began to come from all over. It became difficult for Jesus to teach in the synagogues, or even to spend time alone with His disciples.(You can see this progression in Mark from the time Jesus healed the leper in Mark 1:40-45.) In addition, as Jesus’ fame spread, there was the increasing possibility of confrontation with religious and civil authorities, many who saw the coming Messiah as a ruling king who therefore represented a threat to their authority. Simply put, the more that word spread about the things Jesus did, the more difficult it became for Jesus to do what He came to do. As Jesus stated after coming to Zacchaeus’ house: “For the Son of Man (Jesus) has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Although Jesus was moved with compassion for the throngs of people, He was more concerned with their spiritual needs than their physical health. Jesus did not want the people to come to Him for physical healing alone. He wanted them to know Him, to know Who He was, to listen as He taught them and helped them understand why He came. He taught them:

  • “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35,41,48,51).
  • “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
  • “I am the door of the sheep” (John 10:7,9).
  • I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11,14).
  • “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25).
  • “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
  • “I am the true vine” (John 15:1,5).

And then it occurred to me how oftentimes we can be just like those early Jews. Jesus taught us: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). He also stated: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). God wants us to seek Him, to learn from Him, and to truly know Him as our Savior and Lord. Yet, just like the people clamoring after Jesus for physical healing, sometimes we are more concerned with what we want God to do for us. Yet God wants to give us so much more – His transforming presence. As the psalmist exclaimed: “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).

 

This new year I want to truly seek my Savior, to know Him better, and to embrace His presence in my life. Will you join me? If we truly seek Him, we cannot remain unchanged. And then, just like those people who could not remain silent about the profound difference Christ made in their lives, may we, too, give witness to the amazing God we truly know!

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