“According to your faith be it unto you”

When lightning struck my house and blew a hole in the roof I was told it wouldn’t have happened if I’d had enough faith. And when I didn’t have the dream that someone predicted I would have, I was told it was my lack of faith that the dream didn’t happen, because in these people’s minds everything comes to those who have faith – health, wealth, protection and special messages from God – based on Jesus statement, “According to your faith be it unto you.”

But what did Jesus mean by that statement? Or better put, what did it mean to the people he said it to? – taking into account he wasn’t talking to Christians, he was talking to his fellow Jews in the first century. When they heard him say, “According to your faith be it unto you,” what was the “IT” he was referring to in THEIR world, and why did faith make “IT” happen for them?

The ultimate “IT” for the Jews of Jesus’ day was the arrival of the Messiah to heal and revive Israel in fulfillment of the Covenant that Israel’s God had promised to Abraham and re-promised through the prophets in the Old Testament. So when two blind men were following Jesus around in Matthew 9:27 calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David,'” they clearly believed the “IT” had happened because in Jewish terms the “Son of David” and Messiah meant the same thing (Matthew 22:41-42), so the blind men were openly claiming the Messiah had arrived – in the person of Jesus.

They went one step further too, because they went to Jesus for healing, meaning they also understood what the Messiah had come for, to heal them as a nation, clearly demonstrated by Jesus in all the physical healings he was doing. Before Jesus healed the blind men, however, he asked them in verse 28: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Did they really believe he was the Messiah who’d come to heal? – because if they did believe, the “IT” – the healing that the Messiah had come for – was theirs.

Their answer was simple: “Yes, Lord.” Of course he was the Messiah, and of course this is what the Messiah had come to do. So Jesus “touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you,’ and their sight was restored.” The “IT” – what the Messiah had come to their nation for – happened to them personally, and their lives now joined the many others the Messiah had healed as clear proof that not only was Jesus the Messiah, but also that what the Messiah had come for was really happening.

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