“The Pharisees were left sputtering, ‘Hocus-pocus. It’s nothing but hocus-pocus. He’s probably made a pact with the Devil.'” Matthew 9:34
I find this statement by the Pharisees to be foolish. Why would the Devil do anything good? Surely he would rather strike someone blind or make them unable to walk or talk to prove his power. But then maybe the Devil would try to attract attention by doing something good before deceiving them to do something evil.
A crowd of Pharisees had just witnessed several miracles. Jesus healed a paraplegic man, two blind men, and a man struck speechless by an evil spirit. The people were in awe that God had given Jesus the power to perform miracles. “There’s never been anything like this in Israel!” (vs. 33) However, Jesus wasn’t sent to earth to be like a circus performer and asked the men not to tell anyone how they were healed.
This story is about the way Jesus revealed his identity a little at a time. How do you show your true character? Most of us will never lay hands on someone ill or blind and heal them. But when we attempt to do great things through God, we can become a healer, too, through by our thoughts, words, and deeds.
Dear Lord, help us see Jesus as our healer. Amen.