Daily Devotional 9-2-19

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Acts 10:38

The miracles wrought by our Lord differ greatly from the wonders generally ascribed to the founders and holy men of the great pagan religious systems. He never performed a sign simply to astonish credulous people, or to thwart the will of His enemies. Behind all the works of power was human need and His own gracious compassion for suffering and troubled humanity. The cursing of the fig tree is the only seeming exception that proves the rule. It was an acted parable designed to illustrate Israel’s sad condition and her deep need. Jesus never stooped to anything approaching trickery or magic. He did not desire to be known as a wonder worker. He “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil,” and in this way manifesting His Messianic mission. It had been predicted of old that in His days the dumb would sing, the blind see, the lame leap as an hart, and the poor be satisfied with bread (Isaiah 35:5, 6; Psalm 132:15).

At even, ere the sun was set,

The sick, O Lord, around Thee lay;

Oh, in what divers pains they met!

Oh, with what joy they went away!

Once more ’tis even-tide, and we,

Oppressed with various ills draw near:

What if Thy form we cannot see?

We know and feel that Thou art here.

O Saviour Christ, our woes dispel:

For some are sick, and some are sad,

And some have never loved Thee well,

And some have lost the love they had.

Thy touch has still its ancient power,

No word from Thee can fruitless fall;

Hear in this solemn evening hour,

And in Thy mercy heal us all.

—Henry Twells

 H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 250.