The next miracle in our series is healing the man with dropsy …This miracle is recorded for us in Luke 14:1-6
In this miracle, we see the boldness of Christ on display. Christ, for the sake of doing His Father’s will and out of love for the afflicted, healed a man with the dropsy (an illness that causes a enormous amount of liquid retention and swelling) in the midst of some of His greatest opposition.
At the time of this healing, we find Christ in the house of the chief of the Pharisees and surrounded by Pharisees and lawyers. Christ, preempting their accusations asked them… “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?” They did not respond to this question. Jesus then illustrated the answer by saying “Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? And they could not answer him again to these things.”
What strength and boldness we see in Christ! He was willing to stand, on the Pharisees and lawyers “home field” and teach in opposition to their beliefs. He stood up and did what needed to be done, knowing they would be quick to accuse Him of sin and lawlessness.
Folks, when we are called upon to minister in the very presence of those who oppose Christ, are we willing to step out in faith and do our Lord’s will? Are we willing to be accused of wrong doing, mocked, or hated for doing that which we have been called? Does our fear cause us to shrink from our duty or are we willing to serve the Lord and trust Him with all the consequences of our actions and speech?
As a growing opposition to Christ and His Word seems to be taking place in our country, let us all be in prayer that the Lord may grant us a greater boldness as we stand and minister for Him in the midst of a sin darkened world. Let us follow the example of the church at Jerusalem as they prayed… “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,…” (Acts 4:29)
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.