One parallel that can be drawn between many of Jesus healing miracles is that they all came with a sense of ownership and responsibility. In an era where we would rather forget our miserable past and move on, there are many who can’t tell if we were ever lame. If there was something many of the sick that Jesus healed would have loved to avoid, after receiving their healing would have been that old, dirty mat that was a reminder of their miserable life. Many would have preferred Jesus to tell them get up and walk in which case they would have left their mats behind with no one ever getting to know they were once lame. They carried it without even asking whether they should do it on a sabbath! The only existing link between our lame past and our healed life is the mat we are carrying. Do you know that Jesus could have chosen any other body after his resurrection, but he chose one that bore the scars of the cross? What’s scars of our past have we forgotten? Where have we been quick to dispose off our old mats? Will others including our children ever get to know or hear the testimony of how lame we were until Jesus reached down to us and healed us asking us to pick up our mats with us? Will they ever know that we were not always driving or having the good life we have now? That we were helpless and hopeless until, God reached out to us and healed us asking us to pick up our mats as a testimony of what he did for you. That there were times we never cared if it’s a sabbath carrying our mats? Someone who never knew how lame you used to be wishes to see your mat today! Tell them who did it if they ask!
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God..” Deuteronomy 8:10-11 NIV
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