Written October 27th, 2012
Job 37: 23 – 24
We cannot imagine the power of the Almighty;
but even though he is just and righteous,
he does not destroy us.
No wonder people everywhere fear him.
All who are wise show him reverence.”
And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind
and unplug the ears of the deaf.
A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.
Imagine what it must have been like to have lived when Jesus walked the earth. Put yourselves in that time and place for a moment. Of course, it was a different time. In that day nearly everyone lived in poverty. And out of that poverty I imagine there came ever present feelings of depravity and hopelessness. And living under Roman rule didn’t make life any easier.
Now imagine yourselves as one of the lame or blind, or maybe just someone in the crowd. Suddenly you hear a commotion. You look and see a crowd of people coming up the road. They’re following someone. Then, without explanation, that feeling of deprivation, the hopelessness, those feelings are gone. You do not understand what is happening, but you are drawn to the man leading his followers up the road.
So you join those following Him. Or maybe you’re one of the blind or lame and you cry out to Him. You don’t know why you feel compelled to do so, you just do it. You know there’s something about this man that makes Him different and you have to find out what it is. Though you probably don’t understand, you have just sensed the very presence of God. You felt the very power of God as this man Jesus came near.
People followed Jesus into the remote wilderness and on two occasions, he sat them down and fed them. As Peter exclaimed, His disciples left everything to follow Him. Jesus performed miracles, healed the sick, and changed lives. People were drawn to him because of the miracles, and because how He taught them. He taught as one with authority.
Because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever, the power of God is the same now as it was when Jesus walked the earth. We still see that power today in the form of miracles that come in the form of answered prayers. We see the power of God in the lives that are changed when people accept the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
God’s power is often unexplainable. Though we cannot fully understand His power, it cannot be denied. We have been saved by it. Our sins have have been atoned for and death has been defeated because of it. Like those who followed Jesus 2000 years ago, we also feel the presence of God in our lives when we witness one of His miracles or when we see a changed life, or when we’re touched deep down inside by something written in God’s word. That’s what the power of God does to those who surrender their lives to Christ. We know this because we felt it the day we surrendered to Jesus, and there is no other way to explain it! It is a power like no other!
In His Name…..