Behold. A hinge word. A word that means, you best look up at what’s going down.
I’m currently reading through Matthew in my quiet times right now and I noticed this word popping up in Matthew 9. It was used several times, so I dug into it a little deeper.
Behold: verb; to see or observe, a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one; synonyms: see, observe, witness, gaze upon
Now a look at this word used within scripture. I first noticed it in Matthew 9 as stated, but I looked back and it’s used in Matthew 8 as well. At the end of Matthew 7, it ends with Jesus basically establishing His authority as Jesus (And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching them as one who had authority and not as their scribes. Matt. 7:28-29). Matthew 8 starts out with the first “behold”. I found it cool that right as Jesus has shown the crowds by being Him who He is, we start really seeing Him do some legit stuff during His earthly ministry and crushing every possible doubt we could have.
Matthew 8:2-3–> And behold, a leper came to Him and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. And Jesus stretched out His hand and touched Him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Jesus as healer. Jesus as the redeemer.
Matthew 8:24-27–>And behold, there are a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but He was asleep. And they went and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And He said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then He rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Jesus as peacemaker. Jesus with authority.
Matthew 8:34–> *Prior to this, they came upon demon possessed men, and Jesus cast out the demons into some pigs nearby and the pigs jumped off a cliff and died* And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.
Jesus as God. Jesus rejected. (#btw so telling of us, how many times do we see Jesus doing something cool, come watch then say k bye?!? Ugh.)
Matthew 9:2–> And behold, some people brought to Him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus as the forgiver. Jesus as the giver of grace.
Matthew 9:3-7–>And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”-he then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home.
Jesus as God. Jesus as forgiver.
Matthew 9:20-23–>And behold, a woman, who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned and seeing her He said, “Take heart, daughter, your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was well.
Jesus as restorer of life through faith.
Matthew 9:32-33–>As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to Him. And when the demon has been case out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.”
Jesus once again distinguishing Himself.
Each of these are key moments and components of Jesus. How many of these key moments and components do we see on the regular and pay them no mind? That’s all this word keeps me thinking on. I don’t treat Jesus with “behold”, as if something amazing and remarkable is about to happen. Behold is a hinge word, a game changer. It is a verb, a call to action. That’s what Jesus is! He is the game changer; offering healing, grace, life, forgiveness, restoration, and God. The verses above are just a few of many that declare this truth. The gospel demands an action. The action of following Jesus with the surrendering of your life (discipleship), but as seen in the above verses, Jesus works in lives beyond our humanly comprehension. Grace and discipleship go hand in hand.
Our walk with Jesus is kind of like this clip from Pitch Perfect 2. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a gif that showed the whole things…thanks for nothing Google and YouTube…but right before she slides down the stairs, Fat Amy yells, “Behold!” I feel like we should be yelling, “behold!” every morning in anticipation of what God is going to do that day. Jesus is like the trash can lid we slide down on, it’s got us, its taking us down when we put our trust in it. Can you stand up and change your mind about going down the stairs? Sure. But is that what God’s call of discipleship is? No. Might you get a bump or bang on the way like Amy did when her head hits the wall on the way down? Sure. But you can trust that Jesus has got you and it is for a reason? Absolutely. When you get to the bottom and it all makes sense, you can see how God crushes it through His son because Jesus crushed sin on the cross. I know this analogy is pretty cheesy and a bit out there, but this is what it comes down to:
Behold Jesus yall. Behold what He did. Behold who He is. Behold what He’s doing. Behold!!