Matthew presents Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah who would save the people from their sins. Matthew also recognized the power and authority of Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Are we encouraged by the faith and good works of other Christians? Can believers function alone? As we meet with a community of believers, others can be strengthened by words and actions to be more like Jesus whom we love and serve! Luke presents Jesus as the Son of man with many details of humanity such as Jesus’ concern for poor people, the sick, women and children. Mark presents Jesus as an adult who as God’s servant performed endless miracles. We know as Christians that His miracles occur at His will. No problem is too great for Him and His love endures forever. In his Gospel, Mark gives the message that Jesus is the Son of God!
Jesus is a special healer according to Mark and Luke who followed Matthew with many of the same examples. Remember how Jesus was confronted because He healed on the Sabbath. Because He is Lord of this special day of worship and made known that the Sabbath was made for man, He never set a time limit for His work.
He restored the demon possessed man who had lived among the tombs as an uncivilized person. How about the misery of the woman who suffered from an issue of blood? She was fully aware of her helplessness. She publicly touched His clothing as a gesture of her faith in His power. Jesus used her as an example by asking who touched Him. She was made a witness for others. We too can follow the witness of believing Christians and tell others what the Lord has done for us! To be truthful, we can never give Him too much credit or honor. This woman realized His power and came trembling at His feet. All incredible miracles come from Jesus. Meanwhile let us continue to praise His holy name for all the love and mercy that He shows us each day. We too can come to the Lord in confidence and humble submission as we maintain faith in Him. Jesus asked Jairus not to be afraid, just believe and that his daughter would be healed. It was announced by Jesus that the girl was asleep, not dead. When the end looks like the only answer to us, Jesus is still on His healing journey. Without Him nothing can be made possible. With Him always near us, let others gain strength as His miracles appear before all mankind!
In the midst of the pressing needs of people claiming to have been healed, He climbed a mountain where he appointed disciples through whom His work would reach the world. Experiencing Jesus’ love and being in company with Him and His followers, we find courage to act and speak in ways that honor our Savior. We can establish a healing journey and witness about it while our lives show obedience to His word in a hurting world!
Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.