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At the feet of Jesus

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | May 22, 2023 | Matthew 15:29-31

KEY VERSE:

Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. Matthew 15:30


MESSAGE:

Jesus returns to Galilee after what appears to be a pretty short trip up to Tyre and Sidon. Jesus walks up a mountain, sits down, and crowds of sick people start to ascend the mountain. You can imagine people streaming up the sides of that hill to get to Jesus at the top. Friends carrying beds with lame people. Others leading blind people around rocks and mud. Parents carrying their sick children in their arms. Lepers trying to make their way up while avoiding others. Some restrained and dragged demon-possessed people whom they cared about. Those who assisted the sick put them at Jesus’ feet. Those who brought the sick to Jesus must have cared about those they were bringing. They loved them enough to exert great effort to take them to the only place they could receive relief, that is Jesus’ feet. If they hadn’t loved them, the inconvenience would have prevented them from helping. The more we love others, the more spent our lives will be to help the spiritually sick find healing.


Being at the feet of Jesus relates to the act of worship and surrender. Placing them at the feet of Jesus signifies that they acknowledged Jesus as the King of kings and surrendered to Him. At the feet of Jesus, we become recipients of His ministry. He ministers to us in Salvation, forgiveness, and cleansing. When we come to Jesus, we will not leave the same way we came. We also become recipients of His miracles. There were healings. The multitude marvelled as they saw the dumb speaking, the crippled restored, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. When Jesus heals, He heals without announcement (verse 29), He heals everybody (verse 30), and He heals completely. At the feet of Jesus, we also become recipients of His majesty (verse 31). Sitting at His feet we have an awareness of His person and holy character that must provoke worship.


FEET AND HANDS OF MESSAGE:

Where do you desire to be? At the feet of Jesus to experience His ministry, His miracles and behold His awesome majesty? What is your problem? Come to Jesus and place it at the feet of Jesus and you will never remain the same. Then you will be able to show some charity by bringing the blind, the deaf, and the dumb to Christ in lending eyes to those who have eyes but do not see, and those who have tongues but could neither come to Christ themselves nor speak for themselves. Every man has a tongue to speak for himself, and happy is he that has a tongue to pray and intercede for others. When we do this, many will see the love and power of our God and glorify Him.


PRAYER:

Dear God, thank you that there is fullness of joy in your presence. Help me to always love to be in your presence and experience your ministry and miracles in my life. Grant me the grace to demonstrate your love to others by helping them to know you and your power so that they will also glorify you as their Lord and King. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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