Perform a Miracle

Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” — Matthew 11:1-5, NKJV

Jesus, when asked for proof that He is the King of Kings, that He is the promised Savior, responds by listing the miracles He has performed.

The last item Jesus lists in His response to John’s messengers is the one that seems, for me anyway, to stick out the most — “the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

What? Why lump this in with the other things? Surely the poor hearing the gospel can’t be equated with giving sight to the blind or life to the dead?

But Jesus responds to this important question by listing the ways that He has fulfilled the prophecies written about Him.

The Old Testament tells us that the Savior will bring sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf.

The Old Testament tells us that the Messiah will raise the dead and help the lame walk. And it tells us that the Messiah will bring salvation to the poor.

Folks, don’t overlook this important line in Jesus’ answer. It’s not there by mistake. It’s not there as an afterthought.

This is Jesus’ way of telling us that it is divine to bring the gospel to the poor. And it’s the one miracle that we can perform today.

If you think about it, bringing the gospel to the poor IS bringing life to the dead, sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf. This is the miracle that changes lives for eternity!

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  1. Heather March 11, 2009

    Great post Tim and great post for me to reflect on during the Lenten season!! :)
    ONE.org rocks by the way!! :)

  2. Tim March 11, 2009

    @Vicki Small
    Thanks Vicki!
    This is actually an excerpt from a sermon I wrote and submitted to ONE.org’s Sermon Challenge.
    You can read all of it here:

    http://www.one.org/onesabbath/sermonchallenge/?p=102

  3. Tim March 11, 2009

    @Michael
    Go for it Michael! Hope it goes over well. I used this as a Compassion Sunday sermon as well.

  4. Tim March 11, 2009

    Thanks guys!
    This is actually an excerpt from a sermon I wrote and submitted to ONE.org’s Sermon Challenge.

  5. Vicki Small March 11, 2009

    Great post, Tim! Thank you for that emphasis on the one part of Jesus’ ministry (and our “job description”) that all of us can do and need to be doing.

  6. Sara Benson March 11, 2009

    The poor having the gospel preached to them is a spiritual miracle. Too often this kind of miracle gets overshadowed by the physical ones. Yet which one will last?

  7. Michael March 11, 2009

    Tim- great post! This will fit in perfectly with my Compassion Sunday presentation, and I’m going to steal it… hope you don’t mind!

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