Matthew 15:29-31 – Jesus Just Healed – He Didn’t Ask Whether You Deserved It or Not!

Posted: January 10, 2016 in Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 15:29-31
Jesus Heals Many People
Love God. Love Others. That is what Christ commanded us to do as His followers in a nutshell. We are to love God first and then we are to love others in the same way we love God. These are the priorities. If we do one without the other then we have not fulfilled Jesus’ command on our lives. In this passage, we see God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, we see Jesus healing others with no questions asked and God being glorified as a result. Jesus did not ask what the person was going to do with their healing. Jesus did not ask whether they deserved healing or not. He simply healed. Let us read this passage together:

 
29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

 
I think that are a couple of things that we can learn from this passage. First, Jesus did not discriminate about whom He healed and it is kind of like our salvation in that regard. Second, we must check our motives when we are helping others – whose glory are we seeking? In the end, we will see that when we have the mind of Christ that we love God so much that our help to others is simply thanksgiving to us to our great God.

The first thing that you notice here is that Jesus heals whomever is brought to Him. Jesus did not ask if they deserved healing and He did not ask what they were going to do with their healing. He simply saw suffering and addressed it. He had compassion on them and He healed them. Many times in church ministry, you can become jaded about helping people. So many times, people come to our doors and ask for help. Many times, the people that come to our doors are indeed working the system. Many times, they are people who have made poor life choices that have led to where they are today. Many times, they are people who are just lazy and unwilling to do what the rest of us do – get a job of any kind and bust their butts to provide for themselves and their families. It reminds of the old adage sometimes too – a lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. It just always seems to be an emergency that needs solving right now this moment. You wonder why some of these people do not come to us sooner. There are so many that bounce from church to church and agency to agency and it makes you jaded when you see a stranger who has never darkened the door of our church come knocking on our door. You become jaded so your first inclination, that first emotion, that jumps up in your heart is that these people are lying their way into trying to get assistance so that they can prolong their inevitable need to do something with their lives. It is so difficult to have compassion at times. It is the natural inclination to want to cry out, “I know you are lying and are just lazy!” But that is not what we are called to do. Someone once said, it is better than 10 guilty men go free from our legal system on technicalities than it for 1 innocent man to go to prison. There may be 10 people who approach our doors for assistance that do not deserve it for every 1 who does. But isn’t it the point that we help that 1 who really, really needs our help. As we see in this passage, Jesus did not check the qualifications of each of the physically afflicted persons that were brought to Him. The Scripture does not tell us the backgrounds of those who were brought before Christ for physical healing. They could have been lazy, shiftless bums all of them but Jesus simply healed them. He did not ask what they would do with their healing. He simply healed them.
This healing without question kind of reminds you of how Jesus is with us when we accept Him as our Savior and Lord. We certainly do not deserve the grace that we are shown by God through Jesus Christ. Our salvation is not earned. There is no qualifying test. We are not required to earn our salvation in some way or another. It is a gift given to the undeserving. Christ does not ask for our pedigree when we ask Him to become our Master and He does not ask what we will accomplish with our salvation. It is a free gift without strings. We are set free from our death sentence in hell that we deserve rightly. We are given a new lease on life. All we have to do is repent of our sins, renounce our old ways and ask Jesus to make us clean in the sight of God. There is nothing so bad that we have done that prevents us from receiving this grace. You can be the most hardened murderer who learns about this Jesus Christ and accepts Him as His Savior and all is made clean and pure before God through salvation in Jesus Christ. Based on merit, a murderer does not deserve salvation. But it is given through the turning away from our sins and seeking Christ as our Savior. He can make the foulest clean. So, Jesus heals without question. When we seek Him and ask for His healing, He does not check our qualifications. He simply heals those who seek Him. Maybe, we should do the same when it comes to helping others. It is not ours to judge the motives of those who seek our help. We just help in the name of Jesus. We love others because Jesus loved us without condition. We did not have to prove anything to Jesus. He had compassion on us and died on the cross and took the punishment away from us that we deserve. Who are we to judge the motives of others who come to us for help?

Why should we help those who seek help from us as the fellowship of believers and as individual believers? I think it comes right back to salvation. How much joy should we have at being saved from an eternity in hell separated from God? A whole bunch. We should be the most joyous people in the world as Christ followers. We should have this innate joy about us regardless of circumstance. We should have joy even in the midst of troubles. Sure, we as Christians can get down and out and down on ourselves because we are going to have trials and tribulations. Sure, there are times when it is hard for us to find sunshine in periods of our lives that seem full of clouds. Sure, we are human and despair when things don’t go our way, but our salvation gives us a new perspective on life. That joy of salvation gives us the light at the end of the tunnel perspective on life. We know that no matter how bad things get for us in this fallen world, there is something far better awaiting us when we meet our Savior in Heaven. It is like knowing that summer beach trip is coming up. It’s out there on the horizon and it gets you through the monotony of your day-to-day work. We should have joy, basic joy in our lives as Christ followers. No matter how bad things get, Jesus awaits us at the end of this race through life. Do we deserve heaven, no! Do we get it anyway through our salvation, yes! Thus, comes our joy. In our joy at our salvation that is undeserved but given anyway, we should seek out ways to give God glory. We serve our fellow man so that we can give God glory. We want others to experience the love of Jesus Christ. Do they deserve our help? Maybe not. But we love others because we love God for what He did for us in Jesus Christ.

You notice in the open two sentences of this blog and in Luke 10:27 the first thing is to love God. Loving others only follows after that. If we are helping simply to get our names in the papers, we are not loving God. If we are helping others to give God the glory, then we have the right perspective. When we love God, we want Him to be glorified by our helps to others. It is not about us. It is about our thanksgiving for what He has done in us through Jesus Christ. We help because we can’t help it. We help so that God is glorified. We help because we want people to see Jesus in what we do and not us. Jesus helped without looking to see if someone deserved it. He healed because He wanted the Father in heaven to be glorified by everything He did. Jesus helped so people would be pointed to the Father. We as mini-Christs here on earth should be the same way. Our helps should not be so we can get our name in the paper or our name announced from the stage at church. Our helps should be an overflow of thanksgiving and they should be so we can point people to Jesus.
Because ultimately it comes down to the two most important things, according to our Savior Himself – Loving God, Loving Others.

Amen and Amen.

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