Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our ‘Active Faith’ series with a discussion of Matthew 8:14-17 and 1Peter 2:21-25.

“And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and served him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.'”

What was the purpose of Jesus healings?

Fran said it was to demonstrate Jesus divinity. No one but God could heal the way Jesus healed. With each healing Jesus was demonstrating who he was. Carroll added that Jesus healed to fulfill scripture. Jesus is the only person in history to fulfill all old testament prophecy concerning Messiah. Anne advised that when Jesus healed He showed His compassion. Jesus hates death and disease. When Jesus heals He reminds us that we were created for eternity not death. Because of sin we temporarily live in a time of sickness and death, however, a time will come when Jesus will return and defeat death – no more tears, no more sickness, and no more death.

What was the purpose of Jesus suffering?

“He himself bore our sins in his body on a tree , that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

Jesus took the punishment you deserved so that you could receive the righteousness of God.  There is no other way to be right with God. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but receive everlasting life.”

How are we suppose to deal with suffering?

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

We all suffer, believers and unbelievers. However, we respond to suffering differently than those who don’t know Christ. God intends every circumstance in our life to draw us nearer to Him. Therefore, the prayer of our heart should not be “change my circumstance” but rather “bring into my life whatever is necessary to conform me to the image of your Son.” Of course this is not easy. At times it may seem impossible. However, the more obedient we are the more we see his good and perfect will for our lives. We can’t allow suffering to keep us from becoming the people God wants us to be.

Where do we find the power to courageously face suffering? Peter writes “for by his wounds you are healed.” When we remember how much He suffered to have relationship with us it puts our suffering in perspective. When we recall that He is always with us and that he works everything for good we can not just face suffering but eagerly await the victory He will accomplish.

Next week Matthew 18:21-35 and 2 Peter 3:10-14. Consider the following questions:

1) Why should we forgive?

2) What is the motivation to forgive?

3) Why is forgivness necessary if we are to be ‘active’ Christians ?

See you Wednesday.

John

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