How many times have we told ourselves to stop a bad habit or to start a good one? How many times have we succeeded? Usually when we make life-changing decisions, most of the progress is measured by the reaction of people. Last week, we learned about how we were always meant to be a temple for God and that Jesus is our defender from the control of sin. This week, we’ll focus on the second part of Matthew 21:12-17 and discover together the life-changing journey with Jesus, and how he is our healer.
“And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.”
Once the temple was cleansed from all its offenders, the weak came to Jesus looking for healing. We see Jesus do the miraculous as he heals the blind, and the lame, giving them freedom from their oppression. Most of us also have struggles and afflictions that we have day-to-day. We need healing too. When we invite Jesus to our temple, he is able to help us make life-changing decisions by healing the imperfections and hurt in our lives. Our past, fears, anxieties, and bad habits that we thought were impossible to get rid of, become suddenly possible to conquer in the healing power of Jesus Christ. And guess what? People will see a change.
“But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the son of David!’ they were indignant.”
Here we see that Jesus was doing “wonderful things” in the temple. It’s so funny to see that the “religious” people, whose jobs were to look after the temple, were angry and annoyed to see the temple healed by Jesus. You see, when people see the change we take to follow Jesus, we may be confronted by people who are “indignant” to the wonderful things Jesus is doing in our lives. You might hear smart remarks like “who do you think you are?” or “why can’t you just be the person you were before?” But like those children crying out in the temple, we should continue to cry out to Jesus, praising Him for healing us and strengthening our relationship with our heavenly Father every day.
“‘Do you hear what these children are saying? ‘they asked him. ‘Yes,’ replied Jesus, ‘have you never read: from the lips of children and infants, you, Lord, have called forth your praise.’”
What will you praise Jesus for today? What life-changing decisions will you allow Him to make possible in your life? God’s desire, is for us to go through a life-long journey with Him, one full of healing and purpose.