I think we find an interesting account of Jesus going to the temple and taking the scroll of Isaiah and reading from it. I find it interesting because most carpenter sons could not read and usually only those educated in the scriptures were allowed to read from the scrolls.
Let’s look at that account.
Luke 4: 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 ”The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]
20 When he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
John 14: 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
These two scriptures point out Jesus’ and our mission.
So I ask why isn’t the church healing more people?, freeing captives? Restoring the sight of the sight of the blind?
Before we answer this question Let’s consider a few questions:
Do you believe 1 Corinthians 6: 19? You should know that your body is a temple[a] for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you. You don’t own yourselves.
Do you believe 1 Corinthians 3: 16 You should know that you yourselves are God’s temple.[a] God’s Spirit lives in you.
Do you believe Luke 17: 21? People will not say, ‘Look, God’s kingdom is here!’ or ‘There it is!’ No, God’s kingdom is here with you.
Do you believe 2 Corinthians 13: 5?
2 Corinthians 13: 5 Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith. Don’t you realize that Christ Jesus is in you? Of course, if you fail the test, he is not in you.
Finally, Do you believe 1 John 4: 4? My dear children, you belong to God, so you have already defeated these false prophets. That’s because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
I believe most of us would answered yes to those questions but I wonder do we really deep in our hearts believe those apply to us personally. I wonder that because I often do not see the church being very effective at doing what Jesus said we would be doing.
Why isn’t the church healing more people?, freeing captives? Restoring the sight of the sight of the blind? I believe the answer is found in:
Mark 4:35-41 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Another account of this event is found in Matthew 8: 23-26
I believe what we discover in these verses is the disciples reacted and Jesus responded to the storm from different realities. Look at the account again.