John’s disciples and Jesus’ answer (14,15)
of the old and the new (16,17)
Raising the Dead
Girl and Healing the Woman with Bleeding (9:18-26)
Blind Men (9:27-31)
Healing the Mute
and Demon-Possessed Man (9:32-34)
Fast, old, new,
came to Him, faith, believe, marveled.
1a. He believed
without a doubt that Jesus was able to do the impossible.
1b. She believed that Jesus was so powerful that even touching
His garments would make her well. Her many years of
illness did not make her doubt for a moment whether what she hoped for was
1c. Before they asked for Jesus’ mercy, they had already
believed that Jesus was the Messiah. With that knowledge, they called out to
the Lord for help. Although Jesus did not heal them right away, they kept
following Him into the house.
2. “While He
spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came…” (18).
“And suddenly, a
woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came…” (20).
departed from there, two blind men followed Him…” (27).
“As they went
out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed.” (32)
1. John the
Baptist had at one point told his disciples that Jesus was the bridegroom and
he was the friend of the bridegroom (Jn 3:29). The
coming of the Messiah should be an occasion of joy. It was after the Lord was
taken from them that the disciples would fast (Acts 13:3; 14:23).
2. It was not
appropriate for the people to try to fit the ministry of Jesus in the old
framework of Pharisaic laws. As Jesus stressed in His teachings on the mount,
the coming of God’s kingdom must be accepted with a new mind and attitude, not
with the rigid and superficial religious observances.
3a. We notice that Jesus asked them this question after the men
had followed him for a while and finally into the house. Perhaps Jesus’ delay
in response and His question to them was a test to their faith.
3b. Sometimes when our prayers are not answered immediately, the
very act of waiting with patience would be a sign of faith in God. In the
meantime, we should also examine and strengthen our belief in God’s power.
4a. As it will become more apparent later on in the Lord’s
ministry, the Pharisees and other religious leaders considered Jesus’ teachings
and deeds a threat to their prominent status among the people. While the
multitudes marveled at God’s power, the Pharisees’ eyes were blinded by their
jealousy and self-centeredness.
4b. When we shift
our attention from God’s work to our own glory, we easily become biased in our
attitude and judgments. Instead of praising God for His deeds and acknowledging
the gifts others have received, we would feel threatened. Out of selfish
ambition, we may even criticize those whom God has used to carry out His work.
5. From the
gospels, we see that the recording of Jesus’ healings was to show that He had
divine authority and power. Therefore, faith on the part of the person asking
for healing or help that Jesus was the Messiah was essential. Without faith in who Jesus is, miracles would become just a spectacle and
would not lead people to a saving knowledge of God.
6. Faith means
accepting Jesus as Lord and the Anointed One of God. Faith means believing that
nothing is too difficult for the Lord. Faith means removing all fear. Faith
means submitting to God’s will and timing. Faith means humbly asking for mercy.