Well, it’s the weekend, and since I didn’t have much that needed to be done, I was able to chill out and decided to watch “Jesus of Nazareth”! Wow, I forgot how long that movie was! I was stuck to the settee for hours watching it!
It’s one of those things, once you start watching it, you want to watch all of it.
I’m still so thankful to God that Jesus came and was born a man with the purpose of reconciling man to God. Not only that, but to bring forward the truth of who He is.
Watching the movie once again, a few things came forward to me. One was how easy it is to forget the miracles of Jesus. I mean, 5 loaves and 2 fishes Mark 6:30-44 which fed the thousands, crippled men getting up and walking for the first time in years Matthew 9:1-8, the commanding of demons to leave those who they possessed Matthew 17:14-17, the raising of lazareth from the dead John 11:38-44 and the faith of the centurion which meant his servant would be healed! Matthew 8:5-13 and the many more miracles He performed.
What came through to me in all this was how God rewarded faith. The paralysed man was bought by men who believed that Jesus could heal the man, so when Jesus saw their faith, he told the man that his sin’s had been forgiven and to get up and take his mat home with him.
The possessed boy was bought to Jesus by the boy’s father, it was through the father’s faith that the boy was free from possession. The centurion knew that Jesus could not only heal his servant, but also that Jesus only had to say the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus was amazed of the faith of the centurion because he had not seen faith like that in the whole of Israel! Needless to say, the centurion’s servant was healed!
Jesus rewards faith! Faith in your circumstances, faith in whatever situation you have. Jesus said you only need faith as small as a mustard seed and you can move mountains:
He replied: “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” Matthew 17:20
You know, the amount of times I have seen people go forward for healing, people in wheelchairs and the likes, and they come back unhealed.. I always think to myself, why does that happen? I wonder if one of the reasons is because of lack of faith. I do not necessary mean the one who is being prayed for, but also from the one who is doing the praying. If we approached Jesus with the same faith in knowing that if we ask, he hears us, and gives us what we ask for, maybe we would see more people healed? I do not talk about faith in faith by the way, such as having enough faith that you have faith, but faith in Jesus, in who He is and that we have the assurance that we are asking according to His will. But because we can have such a block on things like that, some people don’t get healed. Therefore, rather than ask for healing when you don’t really believe you will receive it because of a lack of faith, isn’t it better to ask that God will build up your faith so that you are in a place of knowing that when you ask, you know that you will receive that healing because God gave you the faith to believe.
When Jesus raised Lazareth from the dead, he did it so that people would believe! It instilled faith – it gave faith, the people then KNEW that Jesus could heal and raise people from the dead, I imagine he had alot of requests from those people for healings after that because people believed that he could do it, so why would he not want to give you that same faith?
Jesus LOVES faith!
Remember when Jesus was walking through the crowds of people, a woman just touched him and she was healed. Jesus didn’t even know who touched him, he just knew power went out of him. He wanted to know who it was that touched him, because he recognised faith! Luke 8:44-48. The crowd was so tight around Jesus, he asked “Who touched me”, there was people probably bumping into him because of the crush of the crowd, and the woman who touched him wasn’t quick in coming forward when Jesus asked who it was until she felt she had to. Her faith healed her, her faith was that she would only have to touch His cloak to be healed, and she was! Is that not amazing! What faith! Her faith was not in the healing, but in the healer!
After Jesus was crucified, he was laid in a tomb, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb after the sabbath so she could anoint his body but when she got there, a man asked her why she was looking for the living among the dead? Jesus has risen! Jesus then appeared to Mary and she then knew he had risen and was told by Jesus to go and tell the other disciples. She did this, yet they didn’t believe her!
I mean, Jesus told them that after he died he would rise again after 3 days! Yet, when they were told, they didn’t believe! Just goes to show that you could spend all that time with Jesus and still lack faith! (Read all about it in Mark 16:9-20 ).
We may have things in our lives where we need Jesus to help us, we may be lacking in faith, or we may have all the faith we need. If you are lacking in faith, then pray and ask God to give you the faith that you need, so that when you come before Jesus, you know that when you pray, Jesus hears you, and you know if He hears you, you know you have what you have asked for, 1 John 5:15, especially when it is to be used in a way that brings glory to His name.