Matthew 9 final–according to your faith

Jesus continued to minister–healing the sick, freeing the demon possessed, raising the dead.  As he continued, news traveled fast and crowds flocked to him.  Jesus reaction to the crowds was remarkable.  A Jewish Leader comes to him in the midst of the crowd and he stops what he is doing to meet his need.  A woman tried to sneak up on him…He not only recognized her, but he healed and validated her.  He was always busy but never too busy to meet an individual need.

When we remember that he was showing us a picture of God the Father in the flesh…we should take heart. That is also the father’s approach.  He is always busy but never too busy to stop, step aside and meet our individual needs.  As he does, people are drawn not as much to the miracle but to the ministry.  We also need to remain busy, but never so busy that we cannot take time to minister. We walk by faith and remain prepared to give an account of the Lord and his love for us.  Help me, Lord to never be too busy to minister for you!

God Bless You

18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.  20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. 23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”  “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. 32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”