How Did the Lord deal with Hard Cases?
As our Saviour/Example, how did Jesus deal with “heavy” cases? Did He delay His healings while He retreated into secluded places to fast from food and there pray? Nooo ... Did He appear “starving” in appearance because of much fasting while doing many healings and exorcisms? Nooo ...
Admittedly, and no doubt Jesus did prepare for the Heavy cases ahead of time by much prayer and by fasting, But what form did the prayer & fasting take after He began His public ministry? The answer may well be found in the following two Scripture passages:
“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast him out?’ So Jesus said to them, ”Because of your unbelief, for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting’” (Matthew 17:19-21).
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?”
Therefore, was not the principle secret here being taught, the lifestyle principle of continually loosing the bonds of wickendness, of undoing the heavy burdens, of letting the oppressed go free, of breaking every yoke, of sharing His bread with the hungry, of ministering to the poor, and of ministering to His own family?
Surely then, the Lord was seeking to share with both His early disciples and His disciples of today, His simple yet profound SECRETof vibrant Christianity. The Christianity of continual energy/of power to lift the fallen/and of a vital connection to the Father in heaven Who loved enough to send His only begotten Son into our sin infested world to rescue us and reinstate us into His wonder-filled everlasting Kingdom!
This Compassionate God wants to work through us even as
He did through Christ and His early disciples! Amen!