When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. -Luke 7:20-22 (KJV)
One of the greatest challenges facing the church today is reaching out to those who are suffering and helping to lift them up and out of their pain. The kind of pain I am referring to is not just physical, although we do minister to the sick on an ongoing basis. For the moment I am talking about the countless people suffering from emotional wounds and scars created by the trials of life. How will we minister to them in their time of need? Will we take the time to do so? Our response to the needs of those around us will serve as a testimony to the presence of Christ and His power in our lives.
When messengers from John the Baptist came to Jesus inquiring whether or not He was the Messiah Jesus reminded them of what was going on. He let His presence and power serve as a testimony to the truth. Blind eyes were given sight, lame legs were walking again, lepers were being cleansed, those without hearing were given ability to hear, the dead were being raised, and the gospel was being proclaimed to the poorest people of society. All of this spoke of the power of Christ which had come into the world. Further proof, more evidence, or more convincing would be unnecessary, for the true light had come. Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, had come into the world.
Today we do not have to look far to find people who are in need of the healing touch only Christ can bring. They are suffering from spiritual blindness, they have tuned out the truth, they are spiritually lame, they are tainted by the sickness of sin, and they are in need of spiritual resurrection. None will be excluded, for any and all may come to the healing fountain of Christ’s love and experience the full measure of grace and redemption.
Perhaps you are the one today in need of Christ’s healing touch. Open your heart and allow Him to fill the void. Let the Lord give to you the salvation He so freely offers. Sin is the sickness and Jesus is the cure. Faith in Him will bring you back to life and you will walk forward in new found spiritual power.
Do not give up and do not surrender. There is hope in Jesus Christ.