A MAN THAT IS CALLED JESUS 7-3-17
John 9:11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). That is who we are serving. That is our Savior. The one that was searched for in Revelation 5, given to the world in Matthew 1, healed them all in Matthew 12, and virtue went out of him in Luke 6 and healed them all after they touched him. Matthew 11:5 says it like this, “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” I am thankful that the poor still have the gospel preached to them. Matthew 15:30 and 31 says “And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: (31) Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.”
One thing hasn’t changed from those days; we still sit in wonder when we see the mighty works of the Lord. I began to think about this man called Jesus. If we are supposed to be Christians, that means we are supposed to be like him. We are supposed to prove ourselves reliable to those around us, someone who they can depend on in time of need, someone they can run to for Godly counsel, and most of all someone that can pray to the Father on their behalf. As children of God, we live way below our privilege. If our Father owns the cattle of a thousand hills and every beast of the forest is his as the bible says in Psalms 50:10, and the hills they are on, that means we as his children are rich kids. Matthew 6:32 says that God knows we have need of all these things; food, water, clothing, and so on. I can’t understand how that we sit in wonder and amazement at what the Lord does. I am as guilty as anyone but we need to pray as the father in Mark 9:24 did, and ask the Lord to help our unbelief.
As I sat and read some of these scriptures, I began to think about John 9 in particular, where the former blind man said “a man that is called Jesus made clay. I began to think about all the times in my life when Jesus “made clay” so to speak. I thought about all the times in my life when he resolved seemingly impossible and hopeless situations. I am glad that in those times, it wasn’t good enough that he “made clay” but he found it necessary to “anoint me.” If you stop and think about that scripture, to anoint someone means that you have to get up close and personal with them. You have to physically touch them. The bible says five times that Jesus touched and four times it talk about someone touching him. All four of those times refer to the woman with the issue of blood. Twice it speaks of Jesus having compassion and touching someone. In Matthew 20:34 it was blind men and in Mark 1:41 it was a man with leprosy that was immediately cleansed. There were other times when he touched the blind and gave them sight. In Mark 7:33-35 he pulled a deaf and dumb man “aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and spit, and touched his tongue; (34) And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. (35) And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.” I know that all of that wasn’t necessary for him to heal that man, but I suppose there were those in the crowd that needed to see some kind of regiment in order to believe it. Sometimes he gave a commandment along with the healing such as “go wash” and other times he didn’t. You cannot find where that one person ever came to him and was not healed. I am thankful for all the times that he has done those similar things in my life. The times when he answered and did what was needed even though my faith was often weak.
I haven’t even begun to touch on the Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, or the Prince of Peace. I have just barely began to talk about his touch much less all the other things he is in our lives. I haven”t even talked about how wonderful this man called Jesus is to me or the times he has counselled me, or the times in my dark worrisome hours when he has spoken peace to my soul where there had been none. I guess that is why John said in John 21:25 “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” And to that, I will have to say Amen! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!