Faith. Such a simple word. But it is a word that draws debate everywhere. “It’s illogical to have faith.” “Faith can’t be proven.” “You can’t reproduce faith.” “One faith is no different than another.” “Faith is foolish.” I’ve heard these statements time and time again. I come from an atheistic, hard-core scientific background. I used to use some of these same arguments. Some are true. Faith can’t be proven. That’s true. You can’t reproduce faith. Well, that depends on what you mean by reproduce. Do you mean re-create the same miracle at a different place, but with the same conditions? No, it can’t be reproduced. God does not bow to our beck and call and so if you try a repeatable experiment, it will fail. But I will disagree when someone says it is illogical to have faith. Great men of the faith like C.S. Lewis and Wayne Grudem and Ravi Zacharias have argued that faith is logical. I’ll also argue that you can’t say all faiths are the same. They are not. A clear example is how Christianity, Judaism, and Islam treat Jesus Christ. Is faith foolish? Absolutely. Remember this?
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. – 1 Corinthians 1:22-25, NASB
Faith may be foolish, but it is powerful. Two blind men, with nothing else to lose, approached the Savior and called Him by a title recognizing Him as the one prophesied to come. They called Him “Son of David.” And they had a request of Him. To see how this worked out is utterly amazing:
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!” But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land.
– Matthew 9:27-31, NASB
They asked for mercy. They didn’t specifically say, “Jesus, heal us,” though everyone present knew their desire. This was true of Jesus, too. And notice what He asked them. Do they believe? Are they willing to trust Him? No one had been able to fix their sight. Why Him? Because they believed He was/is the One. And He is. So when they said they believe, He touched them. We know He didn’t need to do that. But you think about the impact of a personal touch. For these men, that touch opened their eyes and confirmed their faith. They could see. Their faith was proven valid. They had found the Holy One of Israel.
We often miss that. We often forget about Jesus’ deity and the many prophecies that predicted His coming. We gloss over His holiness and His righteousness and His authority. But not these two. Not when they called Him Son of David. They are referring back to the prophecy given to David by Nathan (2 Samuel 7:8-17). They missed none of it. They recognized Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy and put their faith completely in Him. And they were rewarded. So great was their enthusiasm and their vigor at finding the Son of David, the Promised One, that even with Jesus’ stern warning to keep things quiet, they couldn’t. Their praise of Jesus was not going to be restrained. Think about our lives. When have we been so overwhelmed by our Savior that we cannot help but tell everyone and anyone about Jesus and what He has done. What is stopping us? Why do we let it?
True faith is powerful. It’s not powerful because we wield it. We are nothing. True faith is powerful because of He who answers it. Faith *is* what sets us apart – our faith and trust and hope in Jesus Christ for the salvation of our sins and the sanctification of our souls, even as we live out this life. True faith means sometimes believing what others don’t because He tells us to through His Word. These men understood that. And because of that their physical sight was restored. As we approach Christmas, let us remember that because of our faith in Jesus as Savior, Lord, and God, we too have had our blindness removed – our spiritual blindness. He has chosen to remove it just like He called us to Himself to have faith in Him. But now that He has called us, now that we have accepted Him, He is expecting us to live out our faith. We are to be a people of faith. Let’s live it out the way He intended for us to.