(Good News – Part 4)
By Lauren M.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, ESV)
The more I think about the healing ministry of Jesus, the more I realize how little I understand it. Is it because it’s too complicated? Or maybe it’s because it’s so simple? Simple enough that people like me who tend to overanalyze things and to look for complex answers miss the whole point.
Today, let’s try to focus, not on the things we don’t understand, but the basic yet powerful truths on Jesus and His healing ministry. When we read about the life of Jesus on earth over 2,000 years ago, what are some of things that the gospels make clear to us?
First, Jesus is able to heal the sick. His enemies may have doubted His character, His intentions, the source of His Power and even His sanity – but even they could not and did not contest His unmistakeable ability to heal people (Luke 13:14).
Second, Jesus is willing to heal sick people. When a leper asked Him if He was willing to heal him and make him clean, His direct and unmistakeable answer was “I am willing. Be clean” (Matt. 8:2-3). Aside from the leper, He also healed multitudes of sick people when He was walking here on earth (Matt. 15:30).
Third, Jesus heals sick people in different ways. Sometimes He laid His hands on people (Luke 13:12-13). At other times, He simply spoke a word, whether to people who were right in front of Him (Mark 2:10-12) or even to those who were far away (Matt 8:13), and His healing power did its work. On one occasion, Jesus even delayed healing a friend on purpose so that He could raise him up from the dead after he died (John 11:1-44). Sometimes, Jesus doesn’t work in the way or time that other people expected Him to but He healed them anyway.
Finally, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8). We may not always understand how Jesus’ healing works but we can be confident that the heart of the Healer is exactly the same now as it was before and always will be. And that the Healer who was with the people of Israel more than two millenia ago is with us now.