The Miracles of Jesus
March 9, 2021
Jesus heals a man unable to speak
Have you ever been in a revolving door? When I was a kid, my brother and I would run into revolving doors and just keep running in circles. We would be laughing hysterically while going in circles until our parents told us to stop.
Let’s take a few minutes to ponder Jesus healing a demon-possessed man:
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.”
If we are to presume that Matthew has put Jesus’ miracles in order, we know from the last few devotions I’ve posted that Jesus has had a busy day.
- Jesus calmed the storm at sea
- Jesus rid a man of demon possession and sent the demons into a herd of pigs
- Jesus healed a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years.
- Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead.
- Jesus healed two blind men
And now Jesus heals a demon-oppressed man, who was mute. (Oppressed, meaning the demon was keeping him from speaking.)
Matthew doesn’t say much about this miracle, just that it happened and that crowds who witnessed it said, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” Of course, there were the naysayers who said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”
- Okay, think about that for a moment. Would a demon cast out a demon?
Here’s my ultimate point. Jesus performed all of these miracles in what may have been one day. He went from one place to another, with people grabbing at Him and asking for help. At times during His ministry, it must have felt like he was in a revolving door with no end to the people who wanted and needed help.
Let’s remember something here. Jesus was God and man. That means, He got tired, needed sleep, companionship, and alone time.
- “And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” Matthew 14:23
- “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35
- “Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him.” Luke 9:18
Jesus prayed. Many times, Jesus prayed alone. Even Jesus, the God/man, needed to recharge. He needed to stay in touch with His Father. He prayed before and after performing a miracle. Jesus even prayed from the cross, asking His Father to forgive those who were making Him suffer.
We, too, need to get out of the revolving door and have alone time. You might say, “I’m not stuck in a revolving door!”
Aren’t you? You get up, take a shower, brush your teeth, grab breakfast, go to work, eat lunch, return to work, come home, have dinner, watch television, or read, and then you go to bed. That’s Monday. How’s your Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, etc. looking?
Spend time with God every chance you get. Talk with Him, discuss your life, your problems, your wants, and your needs. God is a great listener. And the best part is, He answers.
Dear Lord. Our lives can get to be a grind of repetition and the mundane. Help us to step out from the revolving door and spend time communing with you throughout our day. Amen