29Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down.30A 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.31The 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.
“He healed them all.” How amazing it would have been to be there and see one healing after another. It is so amazing, but it makes me ask 2 questions. Would have I been there? Why doesn’t it happen today? I really can’t answer either of these questions.
Would have I been there? I would like to think that I would have been like Jesus’ apostles and dropped everything to be with him, but I don’t do that today. Just yesterday I failed to do this Bible study because I was behind with my work. (BTW – that was a big mistake) People were working and busy then too. I think I would have been there is I had a crippled friend who asked me to bring them to Jesus. I also think I wold have been there if I had an infirmity and could have gotten to him or had a friend who would help me. Does that mean I need God to give me a sickness so I slow down enough today to be with him?
Why don’t we see people healed like this today? We believe Jesus is alive and among us. Is he less powerful after his resurrection than before? Jesus couldn’t do many miracles in his home town of Nazareth because of their lack of faith. They knew him as the carpenter’s son, not God’s son. Do the miracles not happen around me because of my lack of faith? Do I know Jesus as the son of God, or the person the church I go to worships? Are there sick people around us suffering because we lack faith and are afraid to truly ask Jesus for a miracle? I wonder. Beginner’s Online Bible Study *obbs*
Would you have been there? Why don’t miracles happen around you and me?