Believe in the Person, not just the Power

February 25, 2010

General Musings, Matthew


Every once in a while I stumble upon a story in the Bible that just trips me out. Matthew 12:9-14 is one such story. Here we see Jesus having another one of His encounters with the Pharisees. As Jesus enters the synagogue on the Sabbath He comes across a man with a withered hand. The Pharisees are looking for an excuse to accuse Him so they try and trick Him by asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” Now remember, the Pharisees are asking Jesus this in regards to a man with a WITHERED HAND! It’s not like this man has a scraped knee that just needs a little Neosporin and a band-aid. To heal this man would take a radical move of God! What does this reveal to us about the Pharisees? They believed that Jesus could perform such a miracle, and they were hoping that He would so that they could accuse Him of working on the Sabbath! They believed in the power but doubted the person.

How often do we do the exact same thing? We may not do it with the same motives as the Pharisees but the outcome remains unchanged. On an intellectual level we assent to the deity of Christ. We agree that the Bible is true and that Jesus is Lord and yet we don’t allow this truth to define our actions. Like the Pharisees, we believe in the hypothetical power of Jesus but we do not allow that power to work within us and transform us from the inside out. It is not enough to simply believe that Jesus is Lord (James 2:19). A saving faith is one that submits to His lordship, instead of striving after our own desires in opposition to it.

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About Brandon Cantello

Husband to Nicole, Lover of God, Dependent on the Spirit, Passion for His Church. My name is Brandon. I love Jesus. For more visit My Blog

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