A leper and a paralyzed man are healed in Luke 5:12-26. Both are healed based on their faith. They believed in Jesus and knew that He could make their lives better. On the other hand, the Scribes and Pharisees questioned Jesus.
There was no known cure for leprosy. A leper had to go through social and psychological challenges. Since it could be highly contagious, they would have to live alone outside the camp. They had to wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, and cry out “Unclean” as long as they had the infection.
Jesus began to get extremely popular. Many people came to hear Him preach and to be healed of their sickness. The Pharisees and teachers of the law began to question who Jesus was and accused Him of blasphemy because of the statement about forgiving sins (v. 20-21).
The pressure on Jesus began to mount and He often withdrew to be with God in prayer. We can do the same. Life is changed when we believe in Christ; by His Words, our faith, and our actions. Just like the man with leprosy and the paralytic, we can be strengthened in faith and overflow with thankfulness because faith in Jesus makes for a better future.
Jesus told Peter to go out to the deeper water and let down the nets. Peter said they had worked all night and they hadn’t caught anything but He followed the request of Jesus. This time, the nets were full.
Applying our faith starts with one step. A step towards teaching, learning, asking, and doing the work God has laid out for us to do. When faced with a responsibility beyond our capabilities, let’s give up control and plug into His power. Start each day with God; trust in His plan; and suddenly we will be doing the impossible.
It doesn’t matter what we look like or how smart we are. God has given us a purpose and He believes in us. All we have to do is start and take one step at a time. This video is about relying on God’s power when we go out further from the shore: What Faith Can Do – Kutless.
Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God. – Luke 18:27
Explained to us in Luke 5:1-11, a crowd of people gathers around Jesus as He preaches the Word of God near the Lake of Gennesaret which is also known as the Sea of Galilee. He gets into a fishing boat docked on the side and uses it in His message.
He tells the owner of the boat named Simon who later becomes known as Peter to go out a little further from the shore. Then Jesus tells Peter to put out his fishing net. Usually, the way to catch fish in the Sea of Galilee was at night in the shallow part near the shore. Not in the deep part during the day.
But Jesus told Peter to go out to the deeper water and let down the nets. Peter had experience as a fisherman and told Jesus about the lack of success. Peter said they had worked all night but had not caught anything. Even though Peter was a doubter, he followed the request of Jesus anyway and this time the nets were full.
When we follow the requests from Jesus, amazing things happen. We can passionately believe in what we are doing, nothing can hold us up in our work, and we can have faith that one day at a time the impossible will become possible. My friends, the Internet is in the deep part. It’s a vast ocean with opportunities to catch many fish (souls for Christ).
This day Lord, we pray for you to take our dreams to a new level. To throw our nets in the deep water; places we’ve not tried before. Help us to explore and discover new ways to dispense the power you’ve given us. Your plans can make the impossible possible.