The Power of Sight

I love this video.  The power of words to change perception, to inspire, to motivate, to encourage is unlimited.  Likewise, words can incite hatred, war, prejudice, tear apart a marriage, crush a child’s hopes.  All of us have encountered the power of words in our lives.

Yesterday, I encountered the power of words differently.  I was privileged to lunch with Callie Tayler and my beloved friend Bridget Ellwood.  When I asked Callie about her life in South Africa, she told me that she and her husband, Keir, minister with signs and wonders and are passionate about restoring the gift of healing back to the Church. (They travel throughout the world preaching with miracles accompanying and have been in ministry for over thirty years together.)

As I pressed for more details, joyfully, Callie went on to explain her most recent story.

Three months earlier, while they were ministering in a church in South Africa, they called out,”Would anyone like to come forward and be healed?”

Suddenly an old man shuffled forward, leaning heavily on his wife’s arms.  The man was battered with deep bruising all over his face.

Callie, full of compassion, asked him, “Sir, what has happened to your face?”

The broken man replied, “I fell!  I am blind!”

Instantly, Callie put her thumbs over this man’s eyes as she and Keir prayed and  thanked Jesus for healing this man’s eyes.

When she removed her thumbs, the man stared at Callie and burst out increduously, “I can see you!”

Then turning and looking at his wife, he exclaimed with surprise, “I can see you!!!”

The church fell apart at the unexpected pleasure of their beloved church member suddenly having sight after being blind for so long.

Callie, in describing the church’s shock and how their hearts were moved by this miracle, then said, “But for me, the very best part was watching that old man stride back down the aisle to his seat, taking confident firm steps, even shrugging off his wife’s help, as if to boast, “I am able! No more need for help, thanks.  I can see!”

The words they spoke were simple.  Jesus heals.

Last night,  Callie’s husband, Keir Tayler, a man who preaches with more force than Schwarzenhegger, with as much heart as Jesus, spoke at church on the power of Jesus Christ to heal.  Passionately, Keir charged the church to forsake our cultural traditions and opinions which with we have been pre-conditioned and instead, line up with God’s Word.

Just believe these words: Jesus heals.

In Isaiah 53:1, the prophet cries out:

Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? 
Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?

Then, Isaiah outlines this incredulous truth of God’s plan to heal the world:

He was looked down on and passed over, 
a man who suffered, who knew pain first-hand. 
One look at him and people turned away. 
We looked down on him, thought he was scum. 
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— 
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. 
We thought he brought it on himself, 
that God was punishing him for his own failures. 
But it was our sins that did that to him, 
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! 
He took the punishment, and that made us whole. (Isaiah 53:1, 2-6 MSG)

Through his bruises we get healed.

By his stripes, those wounds inflicted by soldiers who mocked,tormented and beat the perfect sinless Son of God, by those bruises, we are healed.

And yes, Jesus is willing to heal.

I feel like that old man, gripping tightly to these words of power, shuffling blindly, battered by reason, logic,disappointment, yet determined to see, to believe the power of God’s words.

I believe that Jesus heals.

Are you able to believe His Word? What do you need to see?

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