31st August 2022
JESUS WANTS TO SET US FREE TODAY
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Who do you take your troubles to? Jesus disciples freely brought their troubles to him because they found him ready and able to deal with any difficulty, affliction, or sickness which they encountered. When Simon Peter brought Jesus to his home for the Sabbath meal, right after Jesus preached in the Synagogue in Capernaum. His mother-in-law was instantly healed because Jesus heard Simon’s prayer. Jesus could not avoid drawing a crowd wherever he wants.
Today you have heard from the Gospel, no one who ask Jesus for help can be left disappointed. Jesus numerous healing and exorcisms demonstrated the power and authority of his word, the good news of the Kingdom of God. When he rebuked the fever, it immediately left. When he rebuked the demons, they left as well.
We should ask ourselves a question. Why did the demons shudder at Jesus’ presence? Because they recognized that he was the Christ, the son of God and that he had power to destroy their kingdom by releasing those bound by it. Today’s Gospel reading is a reminder to you and I that, Jesus came to set us free from bondage to sin and evil which enslaves our will. Let us seek freedom in Christ and trust in his power to set you free.
Our Gospel passage today, we have heard when Jesus and the disciples sought a lonely place to regroup and rest, they found instead a crowd waiting for them, did they resent this intrusion on their hard-earned need for privacy and refreshment?
Jesus certainly didn’t but welcomed them with open-arms. Jesus puts our needs ahead of everything else. His compassion showed the depths of God’s love and concern for all who are truly needy. Jesus gave the people the word of God and he healed them physically as well as spiritual.
Dear brothers and sisters, we can never intrude upon God nor exhaust his generosity and kindness. He is ever ready to give us if we seek him earnestly with our hearts. Do you allow Jesus to be the Lord and Healer in your personal life, in your family, in your small Christian community and in Church? Approach him with expectant faith. God’s healing power restores us not only to health but also to active service and care of others. There is no trouble he does not want to help us with and there is no bondage he can’t set us free from.
May Christ come to your homes and enter in and by his command cure the fever of our sins. Each and every one of us is sick with fever. Whenever we give way to anger, hatred, jealousy and desire for worldly pleasure, we have a fever. We pray that, our Lord Jesus Christ, who have all power to heal and to deliver, may heal us from our fever, because in him there is no trouble nor bondage he cannot overcome.
Lord Jesus set us free to serve you joyfully and to love and serve others generously.
May nothing hinder us from giving ourselves wholly to you and to your service.