Harvest Is Acting As Though It Is So
And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. NKJV Mark 5:1-5
God told Noah, after the great flood, “while the earth remains, there would be seedtime and harvest” (Gen. 8:22). Jesus told His disciples, “[d]o you not say, there are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest” (John 4:35). So, where is the promise of seed time and harvest? Are you looking in all the wrong places—looking in the past or looking in the future? The key to harvest is living in the present moment and acting as though it is so.
In our text above, Jesus demonstrated that the harvest is so now when he healed the man with a withered hand. Please notice that Jesus did not pray for the man’s healing, He commanded it! You cannot command what is not, nor can you command what cannot. For example, you can’t command an elephant fly because it cannot; however, Jesus could command this man to be healed because he was. The man and others in the synagogue saw a withered hand, but Jesus saw harvest. Then after hearing the good news, the man acted as though it was so and received a miracle.
Perhaps you’re wondering, how could this happen? It happened because this man was forgiven, he was reconciled, and because he was reconciled, he was healed (Ps. 103:1-3). Jesus performed this miracle thinking and seeing from the vantage point of harvest. The man hadn’t manifested his healing because he hadn’t heard the good news. The good news for you is: your harvest is so now and you need only to act as though it was so..
In the Gospel, healing is the flip side of forgiveness (1 Peter 2:24). You can’t separate the two. If you are a resident of Zion, you are forgiven, and therefore, you are healed (Isa. 33:24; Heb. 12:22). The key to Abraham receiving his harvest of a promised seed (the birth of Isaac) was to act as though it was so, notwithstanding being advanced in years and weakened biologically (Rom. 4:17). Like Abraham, the key to your harvest is to act as though it so!