As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
The Holy Ghost provided me with this teaching in Inspiring me, as this is something which I have never considered in the complete context of the Apostle Luke, who recorded a most illuminating direction for each of our lives in chapter 7.
In chapter 7, it begins with a Roman officer, approaching Christ to heal his servant. He explains that he is not worthy for Christ to come to him, but being a man of authority, if this Centurion tells someone to do something, he does not need to see them do it, as he knows it will be done.
He askes Jesus to simply say that his servant will be healed, and in Faith, he believes that Christ will heal the servant, because this Roman has been aware of Jesus actions in preforming miracles.
Luke 7:9When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
After Jesus heals the servant of the Roman, He then raises the only son of a woman from the dead, the next day. The Roman is in Mercy is granted a miracle of healing in Faith. The mother of Judah in Mercy is given a miracle of restoring life, because Jesus had compassion on the woman.
Too many times, people hinder God by not asking and too many times people hinder God by not being the kind of person that the Lord will be moved to compassion for. This teaching is not to be twisted by satan to make you feel futile or condemn you, but it is the fact that Christ was showing that people need to get out of God's Way, so God can love them. God heals and restores when you ask in Faith, and God heals and restores, when you are the kind of person who God is moved by.
People who demand things from God like He is their servant or people who present themselves as someone no one would want to help, are their own adversaries stopping God.
God will make a good economy, or good rains on evil as well as good people, but the general Love from God is not the same as the Love from God which is in Mercy provided to people who are obedient and submit to Him, and present themselves as a good person.
This mother had the entire village in her funeral procession. That was due to the fact that she was a lifelong good person in that community who expressed by action, caring about others, and they naturally were moved by her plight in caring about her.
Remember that world ACTIONS.
The teaching then progresses in John the Baptist has heard of Christ, and sends two of his disciples to Christ to ask Him if He is the "One", Who was Prophesied to appear.
This is Jesus response, in He does not testify of Himself to the Faithful, but informs the disciples of John, to report what they have seen and heard.
Jesus was not to be known by His making a claim. Jesus would be proven by His actions.
19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
When John's disciples have returned to John to make their report to him, it is then that Jesus begins to testify to the crowd, not of Himself, but of John.
By testifying of John, Jesus was humble. By testifying of John, Jesus was testifying of Himself, John was to come to announce the Messiah. Jesus by His actions of being obedient to God and submitting to God in doing good, was providing the proof that He was the One.
Christ never claimed anything. He proved Who He was and is, but keeping the Law and performing the Gospel of caring.
24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Each of us has the duty to emulate the teaching of the 7th chapter of the Apostle Luke. The dynamic of being a Christian is not hemming God in to only perform one way, but God is a God of infinite possibilities of caring for us to come true for wonderful results.
We have the responsibility though of asking, being a real Christian who proves who they are by caring and doing. We are to be in the image of Jesus the Christ.