Jesus Completely Heals the Completely Helpless

Matthew 12:22
Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw.

It is really significant that this man is blind AND mute. Many people thought in that day (and today too) that a person could only be healed if they rejected the illness themselves. If the man could see, he could see that they were showing him some motion or action to do. If the man could talk, he could repeat the things they told him to say. Many times in the NT when they say mute, it can be mute or deaf or a combination of the two.

Here is a man helpless to help himself. He was on the same level as the paralyzed man that was lowered down to Jesus on a stretcher.

Jesus heals him completely.

If you believe that garbage about God cursing your life because you have sin that you haven’t confessed, be free. This guy couldn’t confess anything!

If you believe that garbage about having to pray just the right words or saying just the right thing to get healed by Jesus, be free. This guy had no idea how to talk, and couldn’t if he tried!

I’ve been reading “The Gospel of the Kingdom” by George Eldon Ladd. In it he talks about how a kingdom isn’t a geographical area or even the people that are ruled over, but the authority and right of rulership (for lack of a better word).

Jesus’ kingdom extends beyond our needs to join Him. In so many of the scriptures He shows up and helps out, far away and beyond the help that people know to ask for. That’s the kind of limitless kingdom-wielding Savior I want to follow.

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