The Miracles of Jesus (18/35)

Ever deal with someone who wouldn’t let something go? You’ve explained yourself time and time again but it doesn’t matter. They still say the same thing even though you’ve disproven their claims. Frustrating, isn’t it? Jesus dealt with that same problem.

As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” – Matthew 9:32-34, NASB

In a previous miracle, when Jesus cast out demons from a mute man, the claims that were made were that He cast out the demons because He was on the side of the demons. He countered that argument by pointing out that to do so would be to divide the house. Once again Jesus casts out demons from a mute man. And once again, many were astonished. The Pharisees, of course, were none too pleased. They had already started conspiring against Jesus. So naturally they trot out an argument to counter what He had done. The best one they had was the old one Jesus refuted. However, you can probably figure that some of the people heard what the Pharisees said and believed them. The accusation doesn’t have to be true. That’s the way it was in Jesus’ time and that’s the way it is now. And that’s why it is so frustrating.

The good news is that you don’t have to face those situations alone. Jesus has been there, too. He understands your frustration. He feels the anger rising up within you. However, we don’t have to respond in a way that is sinful. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can choose to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and just do the right thing. Sometimes that means smiling and bearing it. Sometimes it may mean a gentle rebuke. And sometimes it means just avoiding contact with said person. There is no answer that is right all the time, it totally depends on circumstances. However, be assured that the Lord Jesus Christ has been there, has felt what you felt, and came through without sin. That means there is hope for us, too.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16, NASB

The key on how to respond is the same way all these folks who came to Him for healing, for deliverance from their demon possession, for the true wisdom that only comes from God: we must come to Him. We can do so with confidence, as Hebrews 4:16 tells us. We can because our God understands us. He knows what we face. He has walked in our shoes. And He sits on His throne with His arms open wide, waiting for us to come. If we’ve already struggled and sinned, we can receive mercy. If we haven’t, but we’re at that point where we need His aid, He will provide it to us through His grace. That’s what verse 16 reminds us. We aren’t doing this life alone. We are doing it with Jesus. We are walking with our Savior. He’s right there with us all the time. It’s up to us to turn to Him before we get ourselves in a mess and earnestly ask, “Jesus, would you help me?” If we have been holding on to our confession of Christ as our Lord and Savior, He will honor such a request. And He will honor it whenever we have a real need, not just in conflicts with other people. So the only question left to ask is, “Will you come?”

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