Church Life, The Church

I’ve Seen a Miracle: A Parable

In light of our recent reframing of miracles, allow me to elaborate with a modern day, true parable:

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The Kingdom of God is Like a Family…

In a certain city there was a Family whose sister had fallen deathly ill.  All the doctors of the city tried everything they knew to help this sister, but she was at death’s door and beyond their medical expertise.  The Family loved this sister dearly and knew that the Father of this Family, the wisest physician, did, too.  The Family sought the Father’s favor for the sister’s healing.  At first, He seemed to refuse; she was getting worse, not better.  For all the Family’s pleading for healing, grace, peace, strength, and comfort, It could not understand why the Father seemed to be sitting back and doing nothing.  He was fully capable of pulling Its sister out of the clutches of death and heal her body, but still, He waited.

One day, the Family finally asked the Father what He wanted to do.  It had just assumed that He would want to heal Its sister; It thought He wanted to heal everybody.  What the Father said to His Family stunned It.  He told the Family that It had everything within Itself to do what He did.  Since He was Its Father, He had given It His life.  His very DNA was interwoven into every member of His Family. Therefore, everything the Family asked for – healing, grace, peace, strength, and comfort – already resided within It.  As a whole, a Family unit, It could express the fullness of Its Father’s life.  The whole time the Family was asking for the Father to heal Its sister, He was waiting for It to put that healing into action.  He wanted His Family to come around this dear sister and physically, practically be comfort and peace for her.  He wanted His Family to be her strength, to exhibit grace to her, and to essentially bring her His healing.  He could have physically, supernaturally healed this sister when the Family first started asking; He could have done that before It started asking, but He had another, larger, deeper, eternal purpose in waiting.  He was after more than the temporary healing; He wanted to work His identity into His Family.

Good news!  The sister recovered – she is healed!  It is a mircale!

The Kingdom of God is Like a Misunderstood Purpose…

In that same city, the Family rejoiced over the sister’s healing and complete recovery.  The sister was reunited with her husband and children.  The Father was given all the credit, and the Family was now armed with a deeper understanding of Its identity.  The Family reveled in the Father’s purpose of healing and community.

However, within a short time of her healing, the sister moved out from her home, separated from her husband, and put a strain on the Family.  Within a short time of that, both the sister and her husband were in other relationships and not functioning with the Family.  Within a short time of that, the sister left the Family altogether and even turned her back on the Father Himself.

The Family was stunned again.  This time, the Family couldn’t understand the choices made by the sister and her husband.  All the Father’s love, time, and sacrifice (and physical healing!) seemed to be thrown back in His face.  The Family reeled from these events.  What started as a glorious time of healing and celebration resulted in pain and confusion.

Now, the Questions…

So, did the family miss it?  Did the Father really want to physically heal the sister?  Why would He physically heal her if He knew she would leave?  Why would He physically heal her if He knew she would physically die someday?  Why would someone turn away from the Family and the Father after such an experience?

Why did the Family ask for healing for the sister in the first place?  Was it for temporary relief of pain or suffering?  Was it so that It wouldn’t have to live without her?  Was it to give the Father all the glory?  Did the Family think that the physical temporary healing of that sister would further the Father’s Family?

Let those with ears to hear listen!

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8 Comment

  1. Reply
    Jeff Beasley
    April 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’m wondering if I’m just too thick. Not sure exactly what your driving at. Could it be that His will was never understood?

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      R.C. Babione
      April 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Hiya Jeff. I really don’t think you’re thick at all.

      To address what I’m driving at here, this post really needs to be read in context with the previous post – “I’ve Seen a Miracle!” When my wife wrote that post, we had discussed this experience (about which I write) from our life in the Body of Christ a few years ago. I thought this story really exemplified what she was driving at in her post: the eternal implications of the temporary healing. To be quite honest with you, I think this is a glorious picture of God’s love for His children – He chose to heal that sister despite knowing the choices she would make and the fact that she would still physically die someday. The way in which He chose to do it, however, is what spoke volumes to me – through His Family, His Body, the Church. It wasn’t just one guy with the “gift of healing”, but it was the corporate Man, the Church, filled with the Spirit and expressing Healing Himself that raised this sister. And in the process, the whole Church was raised, too. I told more of the story to help illustrate the fact that the temporary healing is not the end-all. It reminds me not only of the Israelites consistently doubting the Lord after seeing miracles, but also of me and my own continual doubts and such.

      Could it be that HIs will was never understood? Absolutely. At the heart of it all, I believe God is the only One who truly understands His will. I know He has an eternal purpose, and I’ve learned that everything He does is always unto that purpose. So, in Him using the Church to heal that sister, He accomplished more of HIs purpose. In Him healing that sister, He accomplished more of His purpose. So, while I may know part of His will for these events, I know I don’t know it fully. And I’m okay with that. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting and asking, Jeff!

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    Shirley
    April 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Physical Suffering was such a big deal to Jesus that healing was not only a big part of his ministry, but he based it on Isaiah 53 3-4 which he had not even fulfilled on the cross at that time. (Matthew quoted This passage in Matt 8:17 when Jesus healed Peter’s Mother In Law.) I imagine that all that Jesus healed during his ministry also later died. So, what didn’t Jesus understand in doing this?

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      R.C. Babione
      April 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Sweet sister Shirley! Thank you so much for commenting. First, I don’t see Jesus as having a ministry; I believe He simply lived out of His Father’s life. He was never moved by human need, but He only spoke and acted as He saw His father speaking and acting. (John 5:19; 14:10)

      Secondly, please don’t take this story out of context with the previous post – “I’ve Seen a Miracle!”, written by Bridget. To address your question, please allow me to quote from her post:
      “As we pursued the Lord concerning these things I began to see something entirely new. First, all the miracles that Jesus performed when He was in His flesh were shadows. They were pictures of what He was truly coming to do. Saints, hear me, those physical healings were just the SHADOWS. Yes, Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, but is Lazarus still physically alive today? No! Why? Because that healing was TEMPORARY. It pointed to the true, the real, the eternal raising that God was preparing to do. It was only a picture.”
      and…
      “Saints, are we still so concerned with this earth? Are we still so concerned with temporary things? Jesus Christ is doing a work that is eternal. A work that will not fade with the passing of time. Every physical miracle he performed in His flesh has succumbed to death. Every. single. one. Why are we still so concerned with this?”

      I don’t think Jesus didn’t understand anything; I think He understood the best of all of us – He and the Father are one, after all. 😉

      (Love you, sister! Please don’t hesitate to ask any more questions of either Bridge or me. Obviously, face to face would be best. See you soon!)

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    Kennth Dawson
    April 24, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Well from my understanding it seems as though we humans do not have the ability to know how to deal with life’s situations..our wisdom is limited and only God knows what to do for His own glory.

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      R.C. Babione
      April 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Amen, brother! Our only ability is His life in us.

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    Carrie
    April 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

    We may never completely understand the ways in which God is increasing His son in and through a people who are yielded to Him. A people who are after the Father’s heart, which the centrality and suprimacy of Christ expressed through his body. For that family to come into a deeper understanding of their oneness and idenity in Christ, corporately and individually, is healing too. The portion, and reality, of being the person of comfort, peace, strength was that part of Christ’s DNA being awakened and realized by his body, that’s healing too. I have come to find that the Lord is very efficient when things happen in the life of an individual and his family. Our problems our not just our own they are for the increase of Christ for everyone one involved , if we allow it and are after the heart of the Father too. So healing can be reframed in the question, Father how do want to increase your Son in the situation, because we want more of Him?That is a prayer that the Father will always answer.

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      R.C. Babione
      April 25, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you, sister, for your insight and reframing the question. I can hear “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” at the heart of that prayer. Amen!

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