Filled With Joy
- Written by Pete Phelan Pete Phelan
When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see. The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away because of me." Matthew 11 and Luke 7. John knew Jesus was the Messiah, yet he doubted because John wanted Jesus to get him out of prison and spare his life. "Just one more miracle, please." But Jesus didn’t do what John wanted. When Paul pleaded with the Lord to remove the thorn, God responded with "My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 11. Paul wanted relief. God said “no.”
We all want miracles, something special because we are believers. God says "Be still and know…" Psalm 46 and Zechariah 2. Scripture tells us that when Jesus comes the people will be healed of their afflictions (but maybe not in the way we think), and the Good News will be preached to those who have not heard. Jesus doesn’t want us to sit around and wait for him to do something else. Isn’t dying for us enough? He tells us to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything he (Jesus) has taught us. If we follow him, he will be with us always. That’s good enough for me.
Still on the inside,