We long to find meaning and significance in being part of something greater than ourselves. What if participating in the ordinary is something extraordinary?
From Luke 17:11-19. When Jesus encountered 10 people who had leprosy on the way to Jerusalem he healed all of them. After all of them were healed only one returned to give thanks. I want to be like the leper who returned. I want my life to be a thanksgiving offering to Jesus. Join me as we give thanks to the one who gave us life.
From Matthew 8:28-34. This story of Jesus’ delivering a man from a host of demons may be one of the most bizarre in the Gospels, and yet, bizarre though it is, it’s filled with theological truths that cross centuries and cultures and speak into our lives even today. This account shows us something important regarding the nature of evil and also the nature of the One who takes it on and conquers it.
When a man named Bartimaeus encountered Jesus his life was changed forever – he was healed of blindness. His words, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” are the starting point for any meaningful relationship with God.
From Mark 2:1-12. This paralyzed man was brought to Jesus and as such was completely dependent on the persistent faith of his friends. They loved their friend, they believed in Jesus, and the paralyzed man was the beneficiary of their faith. It is often true that we serve as the “faith link” between others and Jesus.
From Matthew 8:5-13. This centurion “outsider” was bold (perhaps desperate) enough to approach Jesus and humble enough to ask for help. Some might call it an opportunistic faith, but Jesus saw a simple, confident faith and called it remarkable faith. Consider this story with us and how it might reshape our ideas about faith.
In Matthew 9:1-8, we see Jesus performing another healing miracle, this time healing a paralytic man. But the healing goes beyond that – Jesus offers the man a “deep healing,” and the great news is that He offers it to us, too!
Jesus steps into the normal order of things in the synagogue and does something out of the ordinary, even shocking, that deepens their understanding of God. Jesus’ audience consisted of people committed to the word of God, and so are we, but sometimes our human interpretation of how things are or ought to be leads us to set this view up as a tradition that we simply accept as reality. Are you willing to let Jesus challenge your interpretations?