Saturday, July 11, 2009

I Promise I Am The Messiah

For centuries, the Old Testament Prophets had been anticipating the arrival of the Messiah. Through their dreams and visions, God promised He would send Him at some point in the future, but nobody knew when that would be. Once Jesus came to earth, He had a difficult balancing act to perform. On one hand, He had to teach the people about faith. But on the other, He had to do some incredible miracles to convince at least some that He was truly the Messiah. Let's face it, He could not have just come on the scene announcing that He was the Christ without some miracles to back up that claim. In chapters 8 and 9 of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus' miracles are documented in an interesting way. Ten miracles in these two chapters prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was in fact the Messiah.

Those ten miracles He performed are as follows: 1. cleansed a Leper 2. healed a paralyzed man 3. healed a woman with a serious fever 4. calmed a storm 5. removed a demon from a man 6. healed a paralytic 7. healed a woman of a blood disorder 8. raised a girl from the dead 9. healed 2 blind men 10. healed a mute. Through these ten miracles, Jesus revealed His authority over every realm: disease, demons, nature, and death. And as amazing as these miracles were, even more amazingly, some people still did not believe He was the Messiah! I am not sure what else they needed to see in order to believe. Today, we see God's work everywhere; He still performs miracles right before our very eyes. But are we, too, going to remain blind to the facts as those did in His time? What else do we have to see in order to believe?

John 3:18 says, "Whoever believes in God's Son is not condemned."

Father, thank you for sending Your Son Jesus. Please help those who may still be blinded from the Truth. In Jesus name, Amen.

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