Devotion: Monday, September 10, 2018

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz, Today’s verse is from Mark 7:37, where the Bible says,

37 They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

Is There Anyone like Jesus?

There’s a question that many are asking today. Actually, people have been asking the same question for over 2000 years. Here it is, ready? How can you believe that Jesus is the only Savior, the one that is the Savior for all people? The answer is fairly straight forward, “Who else is there like Jesus?” Give me another name! Show me another Savior.

This event of Jesus healing a deaf person who was brought to him, a person who was couldn’t hear and was virtually incapable of speech, is another healing event in the ministry of Jesus while He was here on earth. All the healings and miracles of Jesus were signs of the coming Messiah (see Isaiah 35:5-6, even Jesus’ word about Himself in Luke 4:21 where He proclaims that Isaiah’s prophecy about Messiah is fulfilled IN HIM). These miracles and healings, i.e. leper’s hands healed, exorcisms, walking on water, feeding thousands of people miraculously, are signs of the arrival of the Messiah and His Kingdom, not the Kingdom itself. In fact, the greatest miracle of all would be that the true Messiah, the God-Man born in a manger, born of a virgin, would live our life, die our death on a cross, and rise again so that we might have life in Him.

But just stick with me here on the miracle side of things. The crowd was amazed. They saw that this Jesus did “everything well.” It’s not just that miracles happen when He’s around. It’s that everything seems just as it should be. His words have authority. His teaching is unparalleled. And, as they will learn later, His work on the Cross and in the Resurrection is unmatched. Couple that with how He uses His power and position, not as opportunities for gain, but opportunities for service so that others might indeed be saved. Is there anyone else like Jesus? Anyone at all? No.

As you deal with the many issues on your plate this week, as you struggle to make sense of some things in your life, in your family, in your community, remember this. There is one who is the Savior over all of this. There is one who can be trusted in the midst of all of this. There is one who has seen the worst of humanity and still redeemed humanity so that we can be who we were created and redeemed to be IN HIM. What He wants for you and me today is not merely to be amazed at Him. He wants you to believe in Him, to walk with Him, and to live forever with Him. He also wants you to put the power of Faith in Him to work in your lives now and forever. Be amazed, yes, and believe.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, we often forget that the power of Faith is not how much we believe, but who we believe in. Give us courageous, confident faith to trust in you, to have faith in you today and always. AMEN.