Nothing Can Stop Jesus’ Healing Power:
Navigating Reality by Way of Taking What is “Old” and Making it New
As each vessel has a chain of command, starting with the Captain and following with a Chief Mate. I can tell you for sure, my class is filled with Chief Mates! They are ready, willing and able to take charge of their responsibilities with faith, hope, trust and love. This is a strong lesson in itself, as I watch them take the Scriptures of old, and apply it to their daily living .
As my 3rd grade class and I gathered on Zoom (what teaching looks like during coronavirus days), Team ‘A’ read Mark 4:35-41 and Team ‘B’ read John 9:1-15.
Mark 4:35-41 reads: Jesus Calms the Storm – A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!”
John 9:1-15 reads – Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind – As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” He told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said. The Pharisees Investigate the Healing They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “I was blind, and now I see!”
After they got the opportunity to read the scriptures out loud, I followed up with these questions:
*What do these Scriptures teach us about God?
*How do these Scriptures teach us about how we should live?
Through these Scriptures we learn that when we stay close to God through prayer, communion and repentance, we will rise to the challenges of life. We can take comfort in knowing that “even the wind and the waves obey Him!” These principles were true then and they are still true now.
We learn that nothing can stop Jesus’ ‘healing power.’ Our God encourages us to come together to offer compassion and support to one another. To share solutions and learn together as we navigate our way with Him (not apart from Him) through all circumstances, new and old.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
A teacher is not so much responsible for what our students know, but more so for the seeds we plant to help them grow. Making connections in any way to see our students is just as important for them to feel seen, and more importantly know God is with them always!
Psalm 13, A Psalm of David, may sound like our prayer today:
How Long, O Lord?
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide Your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
But I have trusted in Your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because He has dealt bountifully with me.
May you day be wonderful and blessed; filled with the knowledge and love of our gracious God!