But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Yet He warned them not to make Him known, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen,My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!I will put My Spirit upon Him,And He will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out,or will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory; And in His name Gentiles will trust.”….. Matthew 12:15-21
In our previous study, we see Jesus exposing the Hypocrisy of the Pharisees who were so zealous for the external observance of the Sabbath Laws but lack the Power of it. They had a form of Godliness but no power. Their Righteousness lacks goodness. They were Legalistic in their approach to the Laws of God that they found no Joy seeing a man with a withered Hand healed. And We saw How they took counsel together to destroy Jesus because He exposed their powerless and Hypocrisy by His Miracles and teachings. Here we shall see How Jesus reacted to their plan to destroy Him and we shall see Some other Characters of Christ, that we might Learn more from Him and Partake of the Divine nature.
But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all : When Jesus became aware that the Pharisees wanted to destroy Him, He withdrew from there. There is no wisdom in staying in a place where they want to Kill You. Jesus did not have this Soulish idea of Courage. He Himself had taught His Disciples that If they Persecute You one city, Flee to another City(Matt 10:23). Don’t stay in that city trying to prove that You are a courageous person. Flee!!! Jesus says. Jesus never sought Honour for His courage, He will not jump from the pinnacle of the temple neither will He go to a place where people want to destroy Him. Don’t tempt the Lord by saying He will protect You, when He has provided a way of Escape. If He has specially told You to remain there, then He will protect You. But if not, Flee!!! Though Jesus withdrew from there, He never stopped doing good to people. He was never discouraged that the religious Leaders of His Days were against Him. If they would not give Him a space in the Temple, He will go to the river side or Wilderness to preach. There is such an attractive Aroma about Jesus that Multitude are drawn to Him. Our lives should be like that also. It should attract people in other to do good to them.
He healed them all!!! This is one of those places in the Scriptures where Jesus healed everyone. It must be noted that we CANNOT follow Jesus in this area of His Ministry. Because His Miracles was an attestation that He was the Messiah(Acts 3:22). His Miracles was to prove to the Nation of Israel that He was the Expected Messiah. I repeat, we are not called to Follow Jesus in His Ministry of Miracles Like raising the Dead, walking on Water, turning Water to Wine and so on. What we are called to do is to Learn Humility, gentleness, Characters and so on from Him. All these people today who claim that they are Healing People today exactly like Jesus healed are Just deceiving You. Because You will find out that in all their healing meetings, not even 1% of the Sick are healed. Throughout the History of Christianity, No one has ever been able to do the kind of Healing Ministry that Jesus had. Even Apostle Paul could not heal the Stomach infirmities of his coworkers Timothy. Am Sure He must have prayed severally for Him(1 Timothy 5:22). Imagine a Man who could raise Eutychus from the Dead(Acts 20:7-12), could not heal small thing Like a stomach ache!!! Jesus still heals today, but we must not be confused with the attestation of Jesus Ministry by Total healing and imagine we can do the same. Don’t go to the extreme of saying, “Every Sick Person must be Healed” and the other extreme of saying, “No sick person will be Healed”. Both extremes are wrong. The Narrow Way lies between the two which is, “God Heals But He does not Heal everyone for Reasons best known to Him” Paul had a thorn in the Flesh, He prayed for healing, God chose not to Heal Him(2 Corinthians 12:7-9). Not because Paul lacked faith but Because it is serving a purpose for God. Am sure Timothy must have prayed also for Healing of his stomach pain, but God chose not to heal Him. So don’t let’s live in delusion thinking We Can Heal Everyone in Jesus name.
Yet He warned them not to make Him known, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet : Whenever Jesus heals, He always tell people not to tell others. Because His Primary objective is not to Heal people of Body Sickness but to save them from Sin(Matt 1:21). If He had published His testimonies in a Paper like Today’s Preachers, Many would have come to Him for the wrong reasons. Many would have come because they wanted physical blessings and Healing instead of Spiritual blessings and Healing. This is the tragedy of today’s Christianity. A lot of people are being drawn with a message of “God will bless You physically and materially” exactly what Jesus warned them not to say. Tell them instead that, “I will Heal them Spiritually, I will give them rest, I will make them gentle and Humble Like Myself, I will make them spiritual and Holy” Let us therefore take note of the Message we use to invite people to Christ. Everything about Jesus was to fulfill what was written about Him. If the Father had a Plan for Jesus, then the Father has a plan also for Us( Ephesians 2:10).And we must be diligent to make sure we fulfill it before we live the Earth. We must be able to say Like Paul at the end of our lives “I Have fought the Good fight, I have finished the Race, I have kept the Faith(2 Timothy 4:7)
Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen,My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him,and He will declare justice to the Gentiles: This is a Wonderful Exhortation!!! This is the theme of the whole New testament. Behold My Servant. Look Carefully at Jesus who is the Author and finisher of our Faith. Look at Him who was chosen for our redemption. Look at Him who came in the Flesh. Look at Him who was tempted Exactly as We are yet without Sin. Look at Him Carefully!! Look at Him and Listen to Him, for I am well pleased with Him(Matt 17:5).Look at Him who walked as a Man and did not Sin through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is what we are called to do as Christians. To fix our eyes upon Jesus to see How He pleased the Father. All the things written about Jesus must also be seen in us for He is our Example. People must see us and recognize that God has chosen us as a responsible Son who serves His Father. We must also hear God saying to Us that, “I am well pleased with You. I am well pleased with the Way you looked at that Lady. I am well pleased with the way you responded to Your parents. I am well pleased with the way you spend your money and time. I am well pleased with your goals and passion in Life”
He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets: Look carefully at Jesus who never Quarreled nor cry out to shout at people. The reason why people quarrel and shout at others is because they have not Looked at Jesus carefully. Jesus stood for the Truth, drove out those who made money in the temple(We can do that), but He never Quarreled. When they spat on His face and called Him “Prince of Demons”, He was not going to fight back. There is a Great need for Christians like these in our land who look carefully at Jesus and have stopped quarreling and fight people completely. If we are still fighting with Flesh and blood(Humans), then we will not be Able to Fight the Devil and Host of wickedness in the Heavenly places(Ephesians 6:12). Jesus voice was never heard in the streets. Which Means He did not advertise Himself. Jesus preached in the street, they was a time He cried out(John 7:37). But He did not project Himself as the great Healer of Nazareth!! He did not designed the whole Street with posters of Himself like Today’s Preachers. That is why He warned people never to make Him known or advertise Him when He healed them. God will take care to bring to Him those who have ears to hear. He did not need advertisement. Let us Learn from Him!!!
Bruised reed He will not break,and a smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory. And in His name Gentiles will trust.”: A bruised Reed is a small growing grass which is so weak and can be broken by an ordinary wind. It is a picture of a person who is discouraged as a result of constant Failures. Discouraged because of Mess He or she has made with Life. There are many many Christians like that, constantly defeated by Sins and Failures. They have been condemned by others. But the Lord says “I can fix You. Even if you are 99% broken, I will never give up on You. I will work on the remaining 1% and bring you up to 100%.” Are You Like a smoking Flax(Plant)? Formally, You were on Fire for God? But now the Fire is Gone, All that is left is smoke!!! People were once attractive to people but now Sin, secret Failures, constant defeat has made you offensive to people. You have cried for victory but Yet to obtain it, you have heard a lot of messages on victory over Sin but the effect of those messages seems to last for only a short time. I want to say to you, Jesus has not given up on You. I don’t care how broken and smoking You are now, Jesus can fix you and put the Fire back into Your Life. But the Lord will always ask, “Do You believe I can do this For You?” Do you believe I can fix You again? Do You believe i can set You ablaze again? ” it would be done to You according to Your Faith. If you don’t believe that Jesus can do it for You, then it would never happen.
Who would not trust in a Saviour Like This? Who would not depend and find security in Jesus who will never Break us as a bruised Reed instead fix Us. Who will reject a Saviour like this?
Dear Friend, Keep Your eyes fixed on Jesus. Keep Your eyes fixed on your Saviour. Look at the way He pleased the Father and Learn from Him. Even though You are as weak like a bruised Reed, even if you like a smoking flax, He will set you on fire again. Trust Him!!! May the Lord transform us as a we behold Him in Jesus name. (Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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