When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
Expectation builds faith which is why the apostle Paul said that, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” The city of Capernaum is located in Gennesaret. This is where the nobleman who’s son was healed lives. It wouldn’t have taken much for everyone to hear about that miracle.
Also, by the time Jesus and His disciples arrived on the shores this time, their fame would have spread throughout the area. Everyone would personally know or know of someone whose life had been touched by Jesus and His disciples. Whilst we can’t be certain, I am guessing that when the 12 were sent out by Jesus a couple of them probably visited this region.
As soon as the people saw that it was Jesus they were expecting miracles. “He has done it before. He will do it again” was the expectation and the word on the street. I am pretty sure that the nobleman had told everyone what had happened. I wonder if the woman who was healed from the issue of blood knew people here; we see them touching the hem of His garment. Exactly what she had done.
What we surround ourselves with is what we will see more of.Expectation builds faith. Do you read biographies of those who have gone before us? Do you read the gospels and get excited by the miracles the you see? Do you picture the events, the crowds, the tears, the laughter as people receive their salvation and healing?
Do you watch TV or do you watch salvation rallies, healing and street preaching? What we surround ourselves with is what we will see more of. Where is our attention focused? The people of Genneserat had their attention focussed on the miracles of Jesus. Living and walking among them were the results of His power. As soon as people heard that He was there, it was only natural to bring out their sick and needy to Him.
What is the opinion that people have of you? Are they excited that you around, expectant to see what you may do? I heard it said once that there are two types of people: Those who you are pleased when they turn up and those who you are pleased when they leave.
The same Spirit that dwelt in Jesus lives in youJesus was of the first group. when He turned up so did the crowds. That is how we are meant to be. The same Spirit that dwelt in Jesus lives in you. The same healing power. The same Kingdom message. The same compassion. So the questions have to be asked, will you live your life dedicated to the promotion of the Kingdom of Heaven? Will you build your faith by spending time in the Word? Will you build expectation by watching, reading and listening to stories of faith and miracles? Will you be expectant, wherever you go, that the Spirit of God is going to move through you and change the lives of all those around you?
Are people pleased to see you arrive or are they happier when you leave? As Christians, bringers of hope and light I know which it is meant to be…
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