BUSINESS AS USUAL Andy Hollifield 6-15-19
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. (ALL SCRIPTURE USED IS KJV)
It’s just business as usual. I know we’ve all heard that statement and probably used it a few times. Most of the time it just means there is nothing new or out of the ordinary going on. If the truth be known, that is how some of us like our lives to be; simple and uneventful. As my pastor, Bruce West always says; “Same ‘ol ten, two, and four.” Can you imagine living a life where things that were incredible, unbelievable, and even miraculous were commonplace? That is exactly how life was for Jesus and his disciples for over three years.
Miracles were “business as usual” for them. Some people say Jesus performed 37 miracles that are recorded in the bible and some say it is 40. That is just the ones we know about and like the verse in John 21:25 eludes to, those numbers don’t even scratch the surface. That is just the ones he did while here on the earth that we know about. Other miracles took place just because he showed up. Faith healings, controlling the weather, raising the dead, casting out devils, and multiplying whatever was needed.
Blind people, deaf and deaf-mutes, lepers, paraplegics, and he even caused the ear of Malchus to heal back in place instantly after Peter cut it off. Malchus was a servant of the high priest who had come with the crowd to arrest Jesus when Peter cut off his ear with his sword. Can you imagine doing that for a man that was coming to take part in leading you to your death? That’s love ain’t it? Luke 6:19 says, “And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. Matthew 12:15 tells of great multitudes that followed Jesus and he healed them all. Whether he touched people or they touched him the result was the same; instant healing. He even healed from a distance by just declaring someone would be made whole and they were when they weren’t anywhere near where he was.
Jesus has never turned away anyone that came to him needing healing if it was in accordance to the Father’s will. He not only healed folks from all manner of issues, but he even raised the dead with his word and/or his touch. He even cast out demons on more than one occasion and healed the physical and mental ailments associated with demonic possession.
More than once he was moved with compassion because he knew the multitudes following him hadn’t eaten. That was no problem for him. He just prayed and blessed the food he had and broke it and had enough to feed thousands and even had leftovers. He even filled nets with fish with only his word and even caused a fish to have money in its mouth at tax time. He even cooked fish on a fire on the beach that no one had caught.
He even did miracles concerning nature. He once cursed a fig tree because it didn’t bear fruit when it should have. He turned water into wine for a wedding and calmed storms and wind on the sea with his words or just his presence. He could even see for miles through those storms and see the activity on the deck of a ship in the dark. If that wasn’t impressive enough; he could even walk on the water and go to the ship.
He sometimes used unconventional methods, to say the least. He once spit on the ground and made mud and put it on a blind man’s eyes and told him to go wash and he came again seeing. He once put his fingers in a deaf mute’s ears and spit and then touched the man’s tongue and looking toward heaven he prayed, and immediately his ears were opened and his tongue was loosed and he spake plain. He even got the Pharisees all bent out of shape by healing people on the Sabbath.
Although his methods and timing and even his choice of folks to help didn’t always sit well with those around him; he didn’t care. He wasn’t interested in anyone’s social standing or lack thereof, he just met their needs. By meeting their physical needs, he gained the credibility to turn them to God and thereby meet their Spiritual needs. What a concept! I wonder what would happen if we operated more like that today.
I said all of that to say this: whatever your need might be, he can handle it. John said in 1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” Jesus prayed in the garden for God to spare him from the death of the cross. But he also prayed, “Nevertheless not my will but thine be done.” If we want to see God’s glory manifested in our lives, we must seek his will above our own. The bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” We don’t always understand or even like God’s purpose in our lives at times, but we can rest assured that he is working everything in our lives, both good and bad, together for our good. We will benefit to the utmost by the way he does things in our lives. He is the ultimate dad and always does what’s best for his children. Just think; this was the life of his disciples. All of this was, business as usual. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!