Faith That Heals.
Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”
The above verse is from Matthew 15:21-28.
In this so mechanical-like world that all of us are “living” in today, we humans no longer function like real human beings anymore but more like robots that can get malfunction easily, or suddenly break down and keel over. Meaning to say, there will come a time when anyone of us would not be feeling so good about any of our body parts here and there. Next, what obvious is, you go look for a doctor who will then mechanically write you a prescription to take. If it’s not serious, you would be cured quickly, but you would not be cured in some other instances that might have gotten serious without you knowing it. It depends on how serious the mechanical fault is inside of you.
As it is, there will always be any kind of possibilities that you would be inflicted with any of those serious chronic diseases that will very likely need you to go for an overhaul. And if that doesn’t work either which maybe due to a spare part problem that cannot be fixed or whatnot, the only thing left that the doctor can mechanically tell you is that the machine inside you has seen its days and it’s about time to head for the scrap yard. So no thanks to the demons (sinful nature) that wrought a good job wreaking enough havoc inside you!
Sounds much like there’s no hope of seeing better days ahead. Is that right? Yes, I’m afraid so. That is right because you have gone to the wrong source for an overhaul. Do you not know there is still the greatest healer around? If you don’t, that’s because you are not putting your heart where your faith is. Let’s not talk about faith. First, where is your heart? If you know where your heart is, then you will surely know if you have a faith that heals even here on earth and here after! But, if you have a “faith” that does NOT heal here on earth, then you have to go back to search your heart to see what is missing, or perhaps what’s blocking? And if you still haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about here, so sad to say, you are just as good as a robot that cannot think for yourself and worse, often meet mechanical failures along the journey and don’t know why.
In other words, you are totally what the Bible says a lost sheep is and someone who is without a good shepherd to guide you home. However, there is still hope as long as you’re still breathing and anxious to find your way home for comfort. For a start, why not try this breathtaking stunt that the greatest Master and Good Shepherd who ever lived taught us? How about offer the other side of your cheek as well if slapped on one side of your cheek and see what happens? That’s exactly how you learn the true meaning of what humility is and all about. You must be humiliated first. If the Son of Man did it, why not you? This is the best physiotherapy in the world that no one ever dare tried. You will definitely wake up a real human being and see a big change. It’s the best cure that’s 101% satisfaction guaranteed. But then again, it depends on whether you have that kind of leap of faith to take such unprecedented challenge from the greatest Master and Good Shepherd. Do you, anyway? Don’t be lost forever for goodness sake!
Remember the epic movie, “Gandhi?” Everyone who studied history knows he was a man of principles and whatnot. He studied law in London. It all started when he was discriminated against because of his skin color and got thrown out of a train in South Africa. The rest is history because amazingly, he went beyond his profession defying laws which he believed were unjust. That’s fair enough. Not all laws are fair and justifiable. After all, all laws are man-made and that means there are flaws and not to mention lopsided with loopholes meant for the law-makers themselves only. He also championed human rights and freedom of expressions and fought for the freedom of his people and country during the British occupation in India and notwithstanding sufferings of any kind save one.
Not surprisingly, he also knew much about the teachings of Jesus Christ. Yet surprisingly, he didn’t become a Christian. Why? That’s because at one point, he told his counterpart, a British that he didn’t believe any Christians could stand such humiliation of being slapped on one side of the cheek and would offer the other side as well. It’s so true. If you test this out an anyone as well as Christians, it will be antagonizing for you to find out that it’s not that easy to follow in the footsteps of the Good Master who himself got slapped left and right, cursed, spat on and crucified on the cross all because he thought of us above all whether one is good or evil.
So how to love your enemy? Jesus not only tell us, he showed us how he did it. Can you? So how to pray for those who use you and persecute you? Jesus did not have problems at all doing that. Do you? This is something so reflective of the passion of the Christ that perhaps, it can help every Christians true or not, to gauge what is happening to their faith in the Lord and most importantly, be ready for the test when the time comes just as what apostle Paul and other apostles did who bravely faced the baptism-of-fire that comes in all unimaginable forms!
I’m pretty sure the Good Master had a very good reason to tell that to his followers which ironically have led me to believe too that most of his followers will fail that test of humiliation. That was the only one test that Gandhi believed no Christians could stand up to. That’s why he could not be convinced to become a Christian because of that. If you ask someone if he can so-called “fast” for a month or so, say prayers-by-heart a hundred times a day? The person will tell you, “No problemo!” But, if you ask the same person if someone slap him in the face real hard, will he turn the other side as well? I think you will be the one getting slapped instead for asking this.
So how to love your enemy? How to pray for those who use you and then persecute you? Is the Good Master asking the impossible? Of course it’s the same answer again. It all boils down to where your faith leads you. Is it not? Remembered what Jesus said that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains? Impossible? Yes, if you don’t believe, nothing is possible. What is the first priority to set things right then?
It’s simple but definitely not easy. You must first be…
Healed Of Demon-Possession.
So this brings us back to the opening script above which transpired between Jesus and a Canaanite woman who I can’t tell how inspiring faith is that can make a person says or does wonders. And it’s something so significant that people are so sadly missing out on these days all because everyone is busy demonizing one another whether at work, politics, on the road, public or at home.
How often have you heard of someone having such unquestionable power to say such powerful words to you? And that it involved something quite out of the ordinary, demon-possession that is! If you noticed what the politicians nowadays always do like demonizing other political parties by bragging about how promises they made being fulfilled just to spite one another, then you can see so clearly how absolutely vain such self-righteousness are! Yet, their own actions are questionable in many ways. Why? It’s simple common sense. First of all, it is either to get elected or stay elected. It’s all about power and money, only that it’s at the expense of the people’s sacrifice whether rightly or wrongly. Is that not right? So there is nothing great about any of such promises made or fulfillment achieved, is there? After all, it’s still the people’s money they are using to make themselves feel good.
What happened here is undoubtedly a case of demon-possessed humans falling into a vicious trap where vengeance begets vengeance that becomes the order of the day. Being caught in the web of demonizing is no different from being caught in demon-possession, though not literally so to speak. Because the traits of the devil are power, greed, self-righteousness, selfishness, conceit, factions, discord, hatred, dissensions and the likes of all such sinful nature when manifested in anyone, it creates a vulnerable precedence for demon-possession as in the case of demonizing one another with self-righteousness. Hence, no true Christians should involve themselves in politics per se. That’s why even Jesus rebuked those Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes as hypocrites for mixing religion with politics.
In the scenario that one can read in Matthew 15:21-28, a Canaanite woman came crying to Jesus and knelt before him asking to have mercy on her because of her daughter being in demon-possession. Jesus then tested her and found that she had great faith, so the woman’s daughter was healed from demon-possession that very hour. What’s most interesting in that incident was that Jesus reprimanded his disciples who wanted him to send the woman away because of her pestering him. Jesus answered by saying, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The disciples only then realized how concerned Jesus was for those who are lost.
However, it caused a little ripple here. It’s here that many non-Christians misunderstood that Jesus wanted to save the Jews only because of what he said, “I was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel.” Now, just because he was born and living in Israel at that time, it does not necessarily mean the gospel is for one race only. It’s just that the Jews were given the first priority all because they were the ones supposed to know God better and closer to Him. And not forgetting most importantly the prophecy of Jesus coming as their Messiah. Now, of course history have revealed that it turned out otherwise all because of Jesus who showed up in Israel as an ordinary man instead. Still the good news is, many other Christians like myself have learned that he is NO ordinary man in our hearts, minds and souls. What about you? Whom do you say Jesus is in your heart, mind and soul?
Healed By Repentance.
Without having to become a doctor yourself, you know very well that when you fall sick whether it’s just a cold, cough or fever, the person you need to go and see is understandably a doctor so that you can tell him what was wrong with you. Right? Only then can the doctor figure out what kind of medicine to prescribe to cure your sickness after attending to you. But don’t forget, the doctor spent a lot of money to study to become a qualified medical practitioner. As such, you should have no problem having 100% confidence to confide in him as he has the right ability to cure you so that you can get back to normal and feel good again. So that brings us to a conclusion that a doctor can go that far as to cure you only, but cannot heal you. Who can? You shall see.
Without having to become a “religious” expert who is well versed in religious studies, everyone already knows subconsciously that no one is righteous because everyone has done wrong no matter how we put it whether it’s a white lie or a small lie for instance. When we have sinned, it’s much the same as fallen “sick”. Only in this case it has to do with our heart and conscience being violated. So is the same when it comes to our spiritual well-being. And it’s not as easy as just looking for a doctor to solve the problem. We need to look for someone who has the divine power to heal. Who?
Now this is where it gets problematic. Why? Because there’s no earthly doctor that can heal you if you have incurred a spiritual sickness. This type of sickness is even worse than contracting any chronic diseases like cancer that only caused death here on earth. But if your spiritual sickness is not addressed through the proper channel, it can bring about the second death that is even more deadly than the rotting of the physical body after the first earthly death. Why more deadly? This is because it concerned the death of your soul! If a doctor spent a lot of money to learn how to cure you, what makes you think that even an “ordinary man” who paid dearly to the point of sacrificing his life on the cross, is not qualified to become the greatest healer to save you? “So don’t play play!”
Now, who do you think you should look for to heal your spiritual sickness? No idea? Good! Here’s one good suggestion – a heavenly one, that is! It’s all up to you in the end whether to take up the offer or not. You see, I know of this one and only person in the whole-wide-world who can help you. So look no further. He is a pretty down-to-earth human being but yet extra-ordinary because he’s also an immortal. That’s real cool, is it not? His name is Jesus of Nazareth. Heard of him?
Although he was only a carpenter but he has proven himself as the greatest healer the world had ever known because he is someone who specialized in healing people from the inside out so much so that a person can become as good as a new creation. He is humble and compassionate too. But most important of all, he has healed many people throughout the centuries as long as anyone regardless of race, creed or religion who comes to him with sincerity and a heart. But all those who are looking for a spiritual healing must come to him with remorse, kneel before him, repent and confessed that he is the Lord Jesus Christ and Savior. So it’s very crucial for you to do the extra-ordinary!
But first, he’s got words of comfort to say to you and all those who are troubled by life’s uncertainties.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
But you asked, “Lord, I don’t know where you are going, so how can I know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Rest For The Heavy Laden.
Everyone knows when anyone gets all his earthly frustration and problems bottled up, that’s not heavenly and one would feel like one is having a heavy laden load on one’s shoulders. So that is of course bad news as it can lead to unimaginable consequences. But if the person confides in someone and letting out all the steam, the person will feel a great relief as if all the burdens lifted off his shoulders. So here we are. We have the greatest healer the world has ever known now inviting you to dump all your burdens on him. He will heal you the way no earthly living souls can.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
So, had you not better run to him quick before you ran out of breathe?