Something caught my eye when I was reading Matthew the other day. Yes, Matthew, the first book in the New Testament of the Bible.
Jesus sent out instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand'. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.' " At which I say, "Whoa! Hold up!"
Did Jesus say what I just think He said?
Heal the sick? Raise the dead? Cast out demons? Whoa. Jesus, you must be thinking of someone else.
Do you remember who you're talking to? A bunch of fisherman, a tax collector?
Because as you've freely received, freely give.
To me Jesus is saying here, "I've given to you forgiveness, mercy, miracles." "Go show others, I've given you the authority to heal, raise the dead through me. And I am still the same Jesus. I can heal the sick and raise the dead through you if you are willing."
"Huh? But Jesus, me?"
Maybe I will never know exactly why Jesus said these things, but I do believe this is a message we can take with us. So many times I've read scripture and had to look a second time and think "Did I read that right". Read for yourself Matthew 10:7,8
I personally have had instances of healing happen to me. I once had my throat swell up and a fever that gave me chills, I prayed and by the time I had driven home, my throat had stopped swelling. By the next morning, the fever was gone. I took no medicine.
Another instance, I had plantar warts for many, many months. Then I prayed in faith that God would heal me. And as an act of faith, I used no medicine on it. Months went by until one day, the warts were nearly gone. The next day, healed.
I can't explain it apart from the miracle of healing.
I just can't stop talking about it. God healed me.
and I'm pretty sure he wants me to heal others.
Pretty awesome stuff.
If you think I'm crazy, so be it, but I'm a rational guy who has experienced the irrational and I can't explain this apart from what I know is in the Bible and what I have seen.
I'll talk to you guys later.