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Devotional - week of March 30, 2003


HEALING THE LEPERS

Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: the blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up … Matthew 11:4b-5

Read another statement Jesus made about His miracle work:

… he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  John 14:12

Believers who live in continual dependence on Jesus will do greater works than He did. What Jesus did for people physically those continuing to live in faith will do for people spiritually.

Among those Jesus healed were lepers—people both diseased and forced to live in isolation. Certainly, not all living a more or less isolated life are spiritual lepers, but some are.

Some believers are spiritual lepers because of such things as shyness, feelings of inferiority, and fear of people. Others are isolated because of personality and character problems such as extreme arrogance, anger, bitterness, selfishness, and a critical spirit.

These spiritual lepers can be healed by one who lives in dependence on Jesus—which is the result of one understanding and living out his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

Leprous fellow-believers are also crucified, buried, and resurrected. When one living in dependence on Jesus teaches a leprous fellow-believer of his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, he does the greater work Jesus talks about in John 14:12.

When the spiritual leper begins to believe and live out his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, the healing process begins.

In John 14:10 Jesus said the Father does the work through him. The same is true of us. We can be God’s instrument of telling the message of crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, but only God can cause a fellow-believer to understand and respond to the truth.

Let us permit the healing process to begin.