Leslie M. John

“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29)

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. (Matthew 11:5)

Even though Jesus did miracles, yet Jews, who usually took delight in miracles, did not believe on Him as their Messiah, because they thought their Messiah would come like a king in a royal family. Contrary to their expectations Jesus was born as a poor man in the womb of Virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Ghost.

After Jesus grew up and started his ministry at the age of about thirty he chose few and called them to be his disciples. One such disciple was Matthew, who was a Publican; he collected customs and tax. Jews hated tax collectors because they were, in collaboration with authorities, harassing them. But then, this tax collector, Matthew, found grace in the sight of the Lord, and he was called to be one of his disciples.

Matthew willingly accepted the calling from Jesus and instantly responded by following him. At one point of time, when Jesus was sitting with tax collectors and sinners, Pharisees, a learned sect of Jews, questioned him as to why he was sitting with them to eat.

When Jesus heard that question, he answered and said that those who are healthy do not need a physician, but they that are sick need physician. That was to tell them that the righteous do not need Savior, but sinners do need Savior. Basically, Jesus came for his own people, that is, the Jews; but then the salvation is extended to Gentiles also because Jews rejected Jesus as their “Messiah”.

The miracles that Jesus would do were prophesied in Isaiah 35:5-6 “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert”.

The prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus healed the sick. God said to the children of Israel through Moses that if they “hearkened diligently to the LORD”, the Lord would not bring upon them any of the diseases that He brought upon Egyptians (Exodus 15:26).

However, they disobeyed God several times and their disobedience needed reconciliation. Adam rebelled against God by transgressing the commandment of God. Bible records that we are all sinners by birth and there is no one righteous.

According to 1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”. The Children of Israel transgressed the commandments of God several times. In order to reconcile man with God, the Son of God, Jesus came into this world in the form of man to take upon our sins on him and die in our place that whosoever believes on him shall receive salvation and be saved from eternal damnation.

God loved man so much that He gave his one and only Son, Jesus Christ that whoever believes in him shall be saved. Friend, are you burdened with the thought that your sin is too great that it can not be forgiven? Please be sure that every sin, except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, is pardonable by God.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)