And He [Jesus] went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So His fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought Him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and He healed them.
Healing and Jesus:
Can you imagine the scenes of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people trying to get to Jesus. Why? Because He was doing something that no one else was doing. Jesus was healing people of their diseases and afflictions.
As a result of Jesus' miracles of healing, people came from all around. People, who were enemies and foreigners of Israel, came to be healed.
And those that came to Jesus, were healed.
Can you imagine people's lives being changed?
People's lives were being transformed from those who cannot participate in society to those who can. People's lives are being "reborn" to a new life. Their bodies and minds broken by disease and oppression were being made whole.
Think about it this way.
What if you has a disease that caused you to not be able to live the way you used to? What if your were troubled by "spirits" that caused you to cease to live a "normal" life?
And what if you found out about someone who was making people whole again?
Would you seek Him out?
What would keep you from seeking Him out? What is keeping you, right now, from seeking out the One who can heal you of disease and affliction?
Is it skepticism? Is it doubt? Is it a lack of trust and faith? Is it placing your trust in someone else? Is it all of the above and more?
Yes, it is all of the above and more.
For those who came to Jesus, He healed them. Even those who didn't come to Jesus, He healed. My point is, Jesus does heal.
He does heal everyone.
Then why do people continue to die of diseases? Then why do people continue to live lives crippled by body as well as spirit and mind? Borrowing the question, "Why was so and so healed and not me?"
You are healed.
Maybe not physically. Yet you are healed because of the reason why Jesus came in the first place.
Jesus brought healing of death itself.
Jesus brought, and is the source of, the ultimate healing. Jesus came and healed us of sin and death. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, yet shall he live." (John 11:24)
We all will die. That is the result of sin that ruins God's glorious creation. And God the Father sent Jesus, His Son, to die for us and take away that sin that permeates our lives.
The ultimate healing is faith in Jesus who saved us and promised us resurrection and new life. The ultimate healing is being perfected by God to life with Him forever in heaven. In heaven, there is NO broken bodies and lives. In heaven, there is NO disease and grief. Satan can no longer oppress you.
So believe in Jesus.
For you will be healed. You will be healed of sin, death, hell, and the oppression of Satan. That is the ultimate healing.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.