John 11:41, 42 - “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
Reading the miraculous accounts in John Chapters 5, 9, and 11 you definitely see Christ loved people. At the pool of Bethesda, the man was asked if he wanted to be made well. He answered with an excuse, yet Christ healed anyway. At the pool of Siloam the man born blind did not even ask to be healed and Jesus restored sight without a 'willful' request of faith. Finally, scripture indicates Mary and Martha sent for Jesus. Christ restored physical life without a direct appeal from Lazarus.
Jesus definitely loved tremendously and with great compassion while performing miracles in lives without evidence of faith or will. Why? Questioned upon healing the invalid, Jesus states He only does as The Father and comes to bring life eternal. After healing the blind man, Christ states spiritual sight and life are restored by belief in Him.
Jesus prays thanking God for the opportunity to glorify Him. Also too again reveal himself as Son of God. The Messiah sent to give eternal life. He then raises Lazarus from the dead. Jesus warns the invalid to leave his sinful life to avoid a worse calamity than 38 years of incapacitation.
Jesus performed miracles and loved people literally to death on a cross. Christ cast out demons without individuals requesting or being able to (Mark 9, Luke 8). Only a few people who crossed Christ path received miraculous gifts. Of most interest, why did Jesus perform these miracles when not requested or faith was lacking? His miracles served very specific purposes:
- To show He was sent with power to restore spiritual sight, hearing, and to cleanse.
- Christ is the Messiah and Savior of the world who gives life eternal.
- The signs brought glory to The Father and gave proof Jesus was the Son of God.
This is written as cautionary for me and any other who may heed; after spending great time, energy, and emotion over the years seeking healing and deliverance. Falling prey to deception like most of the 5000 miraculously fed in John 6. Christ confronts true motivation:
John 6: 26, 27 - “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Seeing signs performed which showed Christ gave the bread of Life. Desire present was only for more temporal food while seated in the crowd. Oh, but what a blessing and witness to the power of God feeding thoudands! Not the point Jesus longed for then or now. Christ did not condemn the lack of faith or motives. Rather calling again for all to believe on the One God sent.
John 6:29 -" The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
Praise God along with the person receiving supernatural healing and deliverance! They are not loved any more than Christ loves you or I. God simply chose to display the Savior giving eternal life and glorifying The Father in their lives uniquely.
Even if never receiving miraculous change, praise God His grace is sufficient in all things! Recall Matthew 6 with assurance He knows all needed. Continue seeking His Kingdom and righteousness first as God meets our needs. The Father and Son are exalted as each heart and life obediently yields to the Spirit.
Either way, we show Christ as Savior and magnify God the Father.
Luke 17:17, 18 - “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
Regardless of the condition we may find our life, remain true to God's will. Live our Lord and Savior's Life while always being thankful.
I Thess. 5:18 - give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
JANELLA SALVADOR - Give Thanks
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