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About-Him.Com Devotional 09-18-2010
The I Wills of Jesus
Matthew 8:1 ¶ When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Jesus had just finished The Sermon on the Mount and large crowds were following Him, including a leper. By law, the leper wasn’t allowed to come close to a crowd of people. They had to keep a safe distance and warn others away, by continually shouting, “Unclean, Unclean!.” Perhaps the leper had been in the fringe of the crowd as Jesus taught on the mountain or perhaps he had heard others talking of hearing Jesus teach there. The realization struck him that “I don’t have to spend the rest of my life as an outcast, separated from family and society. This man can heal me and once more I can work and go to the synagogue like a normal human being. It appears that the leper forgot about his restrictions and came boldly to Jesus and worshiped Him. He cried out, “If you will, you can make me whole.” Without hesitation, Jesus touched him and simply said, “I will, be clean,” and immediately the man was healed.
What do we learn from this story?
Jesus does not recognize barriers. Leprosy wasn’t enough to keep Him from touching and healing this leper and there is nothing that will keep Him from responding to our earnest pleas. Regardless of how others regard us, we have the absolute promise of Jesus that when we come to Him, He will not, under any circumstance cast us out. So, perhaps it’s time to throw off the baggage that keeps us at the edge of the crowd and from coming to Jesus. Leprosy is a type of sin. Just as leprosy caused separation, sin does likewise. We have the promise that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1Jn. 1:9).
Circumstances cannot keep us from Jesus: Past sin, past hurt, past failures cannot separate us from Him, if we like the leper, confess that this man can make me whole.
Romans 8;37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It was necessary for the leper to come to Jesus and worship Him? Initializing praise and worship opens the windows of heaven.
Luke 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Jesus sent the leper to the priests as a testimony to them of what had taken place. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, a former rabbi, relates that at the time that Jesus healed the leper, no one had ever been healed from leprosy. It was a tradition that if anyone appeared who could heal leprosy, he was the Messiah. I wonder what the priests thought when a healed leper appeared? It's obvious that they didn't recognize Jesus as Messiah then. How different things might be now, if they had honored their own tradition.
There was no hesitation of the part of Jesus, He simply replied, “I will.”
Jesus has an open invitation to whosoever will. No ifs ands or buts, His invitation is open to all. All that is necessary is for us to realize the condition that we are in without Him and like the leper trust Him for deliverance.
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
John 7:37 ¶ In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Isaiah 55:1 ¶ Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
When we come to Jesus and find new life, we are eager to share this life with others.
Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Some other I Wills of Jesus:
Jesus said that if you ask anything in my name, I will do it (John 14;14).
Jesus said that if we have and keep His commandments it means that we love Him. If we love Jesus we will be loved by His Father and Jesus will love us and He will manifest Himself to us (Jn. 14:21).
Jesus said to the one who is be faithful over a few things “I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord Mt. 25:23).”
Jesus, speaking of His death, burial said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up (Jn. 2:19)” The whole Christian faith is based on the fact that he did fulfill this promise. Paul said “If Christ be not risen, then [is] our preaching vain, and your faith [is] also vain (1Co 15:14).”
Jesus said, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also (John 14:3).” Seeing and being with Jesus eternally is our blessed hope and expectation.
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Jesus promised to build His church upon the revelation that He is the Rock of our salvation. He said “...I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Mat. 16:18). Satan has waged war against the church since it’s inception. The harder he fights, the faster the church spreads. When the missionaries were expelled form China in 1949, some said that the church was dead in China. When the doors opened again, 50 millions Christians suddenly appeared. Go figure. Jesus said, I will build my church.In spite of every opposition he is doing so and nothing can stop Him.
Prior to His ascension, Jesus promised to send us another Comforter, the Spirit of truth (Jn. 14:7,15:25 , 16:30), He said, “ I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you (Jn. 14:18 ).”
Jesus said, “After I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee (Mt 26:32). Jesus has gone before us in all aspects of this life. He was tempted in all the ways that we are tempted (Heb. 4:15). He knew hunger, persecution, physical beatings, rejection, and the list goes on. Isaiah said that He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53:3). There is no situation in life that He does not recognize or identify with. It pleased Him to become part of our flesh and blood that he might become our merciful and faithful High Priest (Heb. 2:14,17). Jesus promised that He would be with us even unto the end of the world (Mt. 28:20). If we have Him, what else or who else do we need?
Scripture gives ample evidence that Jesus is eager to meet us at every point of need. The only requirements are to recognizeHim, believe Him, and like the leper, bow before Him.
Aren't you happy for a Savior who without hesitation says, "I Will."
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