JESUS PASSED BY
Jesus tells us that in the last days, there will be tribulations worse than the world has ever known. He says for us to pray always that we might be counted worthy to escape those things that are coming upon the world. He said for us to take no thought what we will say, Mark 13:11. Jesus said, "The servant is not greater than his lord," John 15:20
Jesus hid Himself. Sometimes Jesus wants us to hide ourselves. God said to Elijah, "Go hide thyself," before he said, "Go shew thyself," I Kings 17:3; 18:1. This hiding prevented Jesus from being stoned. Jesus walked in secret to prevent being stoned, John 10:39; 11:6-8. He wanted to finish His ministry, John 8:53-59.
Jesus passed by. Jesus had just finished His great debate. Here was His greatest battle. He passed by, John 9:1. He passed by those who were seeking His life. He passed by those that did not want Him. He passed by His enemies. He did not pass by those who were suffering. He did not pass by the people who needed help. He hears the faintest cry.
Jesus did not pass by the woman with the issue of blood. He did not pass by blind Bartimaeus. He did not pass by Zacchaeus. He did not pass by the widow of Nain whose heart was breaking. He never passes by anyone who honestly needs help.
Jesus saw a blind man as He passed by, John 9:1. He risked His own life as He stopped and helped the helpless. He was fleeing for His life, but He stopped to deliver the needy. He stopped by to heal a man who was blind from birth.
When the disciples saw the blind man, they remembered a tradition they had been taught by the religious leaders of their day. They asked who sinned the man or his parents, that he was born blind. They thought it was a sensible question, but they did not realize how foolish it was. How could anyone sin before he was born? It is bad enough to think a baby will be lost because it has sinned.
Then they raised a question that maybe his parents had sinned. Jesus told them that neither one was true. He let them know that Adam's sin brought sin on all men, that disease was a result of sin and that He came to undo what Adam did.. "Death passed upon all men, for all have sinned," Romans 5:12. The devil comes to kill by disease. John 10:10; Acts 10:38. All this is in the same text. Jesus told them this before He was through with the case about the blind man. Man divided the Bible into verses and chapters. By one man's sin, death passed upon men. By one man's obedience, we can all have life, Romans 5:19.
We are not so much concerned about the cause of the curse as we are the cure for the curse. While the religious leaders were splitting hairs over theology and others tried to figure out the reason for his blindness, Jesus, with His compassion and faith, made the clay mixture and put it on the man's eyes. He was delivered! I cannot always tell you why you are sick, but I can always tell you that Jesus wants to forgive all your sins and heal all our diseases, Psalms 103:1-3.
Jesus saw the blind man. He always sees. He sees you. He sees me. Jesus saw Zacchaeus in the tree. He saw Nathanael under a tree. He saw the woman with the issue. He saw the widow of Nain. He saw the poor leper that came to Him. He always sees those who are in need. He sees you if you are oppressed, diseased and depressed. He sees! He knows! He cares!
Jesus saw the blind man, but the blind man did not see Jesus.
This was true of many people throughout the pages of the Bible. Many times when you are in trouble, you do not see the Lord, but the Lord is watching you all the time. When you are going through a hard trial or test, He is watching you.
Just before we hit the rocks, He takes us up and gives us another building.
The Lord left Hezekiah to try him, 2 Chron. 32:31. If we stayed on the mountain top all the time, nothing would be a trial to us. Sometimes we are put into a place where His face is hidden from us for awhile. He sees how we act in certain circumstances.
When Job was going through his great trial; when his own wife forsook him and turned against him, he could not find the blessing any time he wanted to. Then he found that the Lord was close to him all the time. It is the same in our cases many times.
He says, "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world," Matthew 28:20. In every trial, test, persecution, and temptation, He is with us. He sees. Even when we do not see Him. He sees.
Jesus is passing by. He sees you and me this very minute of the day or night.
What kind of trial or you facing at this time? Jesus said, "Come to Me all those who are heavy laden and I will give you rest." Ask Jesus to come into your heart, right now. Give your life to Him and let Him take over all your problems.
Dr. J. Gardner
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