“Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” (Matthew 11:2-6)
Just what was the focus of Jesus’ mission while on this earth? Well Jesus does give an explanation in Matthew 11 and it is answering a question John the Baptist had (who must of been doubting Jesus on some level). I am shocked by what Jesus says to him – ‘tell John what you HEAR and SEE’. Two levels there – what’s being said and what he is doing…what is he doing?
(1) Blind recieve sight – action
(2) Lame Walk – action
(3) Lepers Cleansed – action
(4) Deaf Hear – action
(5) Dead are Raised – action
(6) Poor have the gospel preached to them: words
1/6th of the things listed there require mere words – and those words are directed to the ‘poor’ of all things (ex: like modern day ghetto’s) – a segment of society that still remains forgotten. 5/6th’s are about ‘doing something’ – getting involved – and seeing a process through.
Now we likely won’t be healing any of those ailments but the pattern is set there by our rabbi – ‘doing’ something is 5 times as important as ‘talking’ about something. And nowhere in that do we see anyone being judged for their ‘ailments’ or ‘position in society’ (if you think about it – they all are ‘poor’ in some way). It seems to me Jesus saw the importance of helping where and when it was needed.
So how does this all relate? What can we do? Basically the church needs to evolve into this vision again – one of programs and help for those in need of it. I am not totally sure but here are some suggestions:
(1) Help those without a vision find one
(2) Help those that struggle all alone find acceptance and someone to work alongside them
(3) Help the outcast in society find a place to belong
(4) Help those who don’t understand something in life to find knowledge about it
(5) Help those with no hope in life to find that hope in life – allow them a reason to live
(6) Work in the poorer areas of society for social change (preach to the poor)
Basically get involved and it’s really that easy. If it wasn’t to good for the ‘teacher’ then it shouldn’t be too good for the student.