“Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. They were completely amazed and said again and again, ‘Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.'” — Mark 7:36-37
John the Baptist was in doubt about Jesus as the Messiah. From his prison cell he sent messengers to inquire of Christ, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
In answer Jesus told the messengers to call John’s attention to the wonderful works he was doing. He was healing the sick, raising the dead, and preaching the Good News to the poor. John would know and understand that “the longing of Israel” was now being satisfied. The promised One was here!
In this exchange between John’s messengers and Jesus, the Savior demonstrated the best and most effective way to proclaim Him. In holding up Jesus before a lost and dying world we should proclaim the account of the wonders he performed.
Most in our Christian culture today shy away from the miraculous. Many believe that we must give a rational and logical presentation of the Gospel in order to reach modern man. Baloney! Speaking to man’s head only reaches man’s head. We must speak beyond man’s abilities and rationalities if we are to turn their attention to God.
George Bowers, one of my favorite writers said this:
“Hold high the Christ before them all,
The fallen and the weak;
The deaf who cannot hear the call,
The dumb who cannot speak,
The blind who cannot see the Way,
The lame who cannot move–
Hold him before them all today
And let them see his love.
For crippled men are lifted up;
The dumb are made to speak;
They hunger not who with him sup;
The weak no more are weak.
For lo! The Christ shall touch them all,
The Christ beyond compare.
Low bend your knees; before him fall,
And reach your highest there!”
Dear one, we are living in a time of unprecedented sin, suffering and broken people. The greatest tragedy is that they are crippled and don’t even know it! We must lift up Christ in His supernatural sovereignty. They must see His works and know His ways. Don’t fall into the “politically correct” mode of avoiding His miracles.
It really doesn’t matter what people think of us. What really matters is: What do they think of Jesus? Whose Son is He? Lift Him Up!