Christian Symbol - Weekly Devotion 3
The Fourth Sunday after Trinity
July 5, 2020

(Matthew 9:27-31 NIV)  "As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" {28} When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied. {29} Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; {30} and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this." {31} But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region."

This chapter in Matthew’s Gospel tells of many miracles Jesus performed. Here we have two blind men coming to Jesus and asking for mercy. 

He healed them “and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you.’”

But he told them "See that no one knows about this." That seems strange, when we are told to “go and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19 (NIV) and to "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." Mark 16:15 (NIV)

Why did Jesus tell them this? Remember why it is that at this time Jesus told them not to spread the news of what he was doing. His time was not yet come to be crucified and die for the sins of all mankind. His heavenly Father still had work for him to do on earth. 

It is in the next chapter of Matthew that Jesus sends out the twelve to teach about him to anyone who would listen. He told them to go “to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.’” Matthew 10:6-7 (NIV) At that time he also “gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness." (Matthew 10:1 NIV)  

These two blind men who had received such gracious, grand healing from Jesus could not contain their joy and told others about what had happened. 

We, however, have no such command to remain silent about Jesus Christ. We are his witnesses, and according to his command are to teach all nations – everyone we have contact with! - “to obey everything I have commanded you.” And we have his promise:  “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age [the world] " Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

Prayer

O God, who has prepared for those who love Thee such good things as are beyond man’s understanding, pour into our hearts such love toward Thee that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain Thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire. All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord. 
Amen

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