Matthew 11:5 ~ CEB
“Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have the good news proclaimed to them.”
I really like the way the Common English Bible puts this. Those who WERE blind are able to see. Those who WERE crippled are walking. To me, it makes the transformation seem more complete. Like a complete change of person.
It reminds me of the story of the blind man in John 9. This man HAD BEEN blind all his life, then Jesus found him and healed him. And in that moment, he wasn’t the blind man any longer. He was so greatly changed that some people didn’t even recognize him anymore. They had to ask each other. ”Hey isn’t this that guy?” ”No. He kind of looks like him. But that’s not the same guy.”
I think one of the best part of that is, that can happen for each one of is. When our current problem meets Jesus it becomes a thing of the past. And if we let Him, He will take us to the point where people don’t recognize us anymore. Because when our problems meet Jesus, they don’t have any power anymore. And then what’s satan going to hold over you? Nothing much, but he can go ahead and try. It’s good for him to fight losing battles, that’s what he’s best at, it reminds him of who he is. Plus, it reminds us of who we are, and who we aren’t anymore.