While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before Him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her and she will live.” – Matt 18
As I read this verse this morning, I find a new perspective on this situation. What I realized is this is about salvation. The man comes to Christ after the girl is dead and asks for Him to make her alive. Then the man goes with Christ, meaning he bring Jesus to the dead. Wow, praise the Spirit for revealed truths in the Scripture. For it is only Christ who can make people alive when they are dead and not man, but it is man that brings that message of life.
So, my question for myself this morning is, am I crying out to Jesus for the lost or am I just sitting back and hoping things happen? It isn’t too far down in 9 that we find Jesus talking about the harvest and how the workers are few. We must work the harvest we are given. We have to pray to Jesus that He will reach down and resurrect the lost of the World.
Doing this accomplishes two tasks, first, it generates the need for workers and for the lost to be saved. Too many times I see myself walking around in a sea of dead people, like a zombie afraid to talk and ask people about Jesus. I know I am not alone in this. We have to be willing to pray for the dead and then go out and seek them. The man did not just come to Jesus and ask; no, he went with Him and brought Christ to the girl. That is our job people, bringing Christ to people that they may become alive.
Second, it switches my focus from me to them. My mission becomes successful because it is not about me, but about the lost. I am already saved, I have nothing to fear, I have won the victory. But too many people in this world have not. Too many people in this world still need Jesus Christ as their savior and it is getting worse, not better.
So, lets be about the mission of Christ today. Let’s cry to Christ for the lost and then lets bring Jesus to those who need Him. Start the conversation today with someone, tell them about Christ and let them know they can be alive in Him.
God Bless and Merry Christmas,