Today at church during the children’s message the kids were asked how Jesus helped people who couldn’t hear. One young child gave a humorous answer: He bought them hearing aids. After the congregation stopped giggling, the teacher smiled and told the kids that He did something even better: He healed their ears and restored their hearing. Instead of choosing the mechanical, He chose the miraculous!
How many times in life did you settle for second best because you did not wait for God’s very best? How many times did you try to fix things on your own, only to learn that if you would have just waited, a better solution, maybe even a miraculous one, would have come along? In other words, how many times did you think the solution was a hearing aid when what God wanted to give you was true hearing? Sometimes we humans tend to look at solutions through the lens of what is just possible for us, instead of what is possible for God. And because of that, we often miss out on being witnesses to the miraculous. Even Jesus’s disciples had the same problem, focusing only on what they could hear and see, instead of focusing on Jesus. Peter had enough faith to step out of the boat and onto the water; it was only when he stopped focusing on Jesus and started to look around him that he began to sink. His own limited human definition of what was possible got in the way of him experiencing a great miracle.
God has given us all awesome talents that change the lives of people for the better every day. We get to participate in the joy of lesser human miracles, and that is a good thing. The fact that we now have technology that can make those that were once deaf be able to hear certainly seems miraculous, doesn’t it? But keep in mind, what we can accomplish pales in comparison to what God can do; our abilities will always be second best. We are not the original Creator who knows how we all work. And when He fixes something it is truly fixed – no mechanical parts or batteries are necessary.
God knew that in order to permanently fix us He would have to send His Son to heal all the broken pieces. No hearing aid, no pill, no doctor and no engineer could ever fix that which separates us from His presence: sin. Ultimately, only He could bring the healing necessary so His children could not only hear and see, but live forever with Him. Therefore, He paid the required price to fix a broken people and went through the suffering and death on a cross. He then rose from the dead with the promise of our own eternal life if we would just serve and follow Him.
May this Easter remind you that our Lord doesn’t need you to provide a man-made solution for eternal life; it has already been done for you by Jesus. The final defeat of death, promised to every person on earth, has been overcome. Will you accept this victory as your own by accepting the One who won it for you?
“Christianity, unlike any other religion in the world, begins with catastrophe and defeat. Sunshine religions and psychological inspirations collapse in calamity and wither in adversity. But the Life of the Founder of Christianity, having begun with the Cross, ends with the empty tomb and victory.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), American archbishop and author of Life of Christ