Jesus’ Global Embrace

Matthew 9:27-34

“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, “See that no one knows of this.” But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.
After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.”  NRSV

It seems one of the character flaws of being human is we tend to first fear and then demonize that which we do not understand. It’s how fragile or underdeveloped egos cope with the unknown. It’s when the flight, fright, freeze mechanism of the lower brain is in control.

In Matthew’s account of these healings by Jesus the crowds are amazed. The Pharisees, the Jewish leaders, circle the wagons to keep out what they choose not to understand.

Jesus made many references to himself being “the light of the world.” The light that does what? enlighten! bring the light of understanding to minds dwelling in fear and darkness. Paul told us “to be transformed by the renewing of our minds,” his language for dwelling in the light of Christ.

Jesus opened the minds of his Jewish followers to embrace the forbidden…Samaritans and Gentiles and foreigners and strangers and those with leprosy, and the demon-possessed. No need to go on. You get the point. Their minds were “enlightened” by following Jesus. He opened up vast new worlds/people for them to explore and embrace. You and I are the recipients of their adventurous spirit as they followed Jesus. We are the Gentiles who Jesus opened his arms wide enough to embrace.

We must be careful, especially in these times, to not allow the lower brain to be in control, fearing everything and everybody not like us. If we do, Jesus kind of died and arose for nothing. We will have blown out the light he brought into the world… and our lives.

Your light burns brightly, friends! Together, we will continue to seek out and bring the light of Christ in us to those dwelling in darkness!

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