jesus heals the blind

Mt17 14-21 – Healing & Faith

Matt. 17:14-21 – Healing & Faith
It’s not automatic. Even after they had a “successful” ministry and been given “authority” to heal and drive out demons (Matt. 10:1) they couldn’t heal this individual. Jesus’ frustration is amazing. The NIV’s translation, “How long shall I put up with you?” (vs. 17) is frightening.

jesus heals the blind
jesus heals the blind

In private he explains that they weren’t able to cast out this demon because of their lack of faith. The needed measure of faith is the smallest imaginable, but with that kind of faith Jesus promises that nothing is impossible. Question is what Jesus means by “Faith.” Is it their belief in the power of the God in their lives? Is it their belief that they’ve been given this power to exercise? At the very least it has to do with bridging the gap between understanding something and believing in something enough to make that thing “real.” Faith is not something hidden in ones heart but an energy that empowers one to live in the world one imagines in ones heart. JBB 12/27/2004

Image Source:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.