Healed By His Word

Luke 4: 38-44
Col 1: 1-8 / Psa 52

“I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”
(Luke 4:43)

Jesus showed His great compassion
Curing all kinds of affliction.
We receive His medication
Thru the Good News of salvation.

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So Jesus bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying His hands on each one, He healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew He was the Messiah. At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them. But He said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4:38-44)

Reflection

Jesus spent the whole night attending to the multitudes that came to Him for healing. He was motivated by a great compassion for the suffering, the afflicted and those who were possessed by evil spirits. He could simply have spoken a few words to give a “general healing” to the crowds assembled at Peter’s door, but He showed His love and mercy by personally laying His hands on each one of them. Touching the sick, even the lepers, was His way of showing His personal concern for them. In healing the sick, Jesus also showed His mission to restore what was broken, to undo what evil had distorted. God is a God of order and wellness, and all that come into His presence are made whole again. But the primary reason why Jesus healed was to glorify the Father. He wanted the Jews to realize that God was in their midst, and the time for the healing of the soul – repentance and conversion – was at hand.

I recall a few years ago experiencing back pains, which, according to a doctor we consulted was an osteoarthritic condition of my spine. After prescribing some painkillers, the doctor advised me to stop running and try brisk walking instead. I decided to get a second opinion from Another Physician, and instead of the painkillers, decided that prayers might be a healthier alternative. However, if the pains still persisted and the healing didn’t happen, then the Lord may indeed have other plans for me. This disease might probably be a “bitter pill” that I needed to take for another kind of healing.

Jesus had a more important mission than healing when He left Capernaum, and refused to go back to finish the job for the “late comers”. As He told them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” Preaching the Gospel of salvation was the more vital task that the Father had sent Him to do. As I sat in front of my pc monitor, reflecting on God’s message, while enduring the pain in my back, I just thanked God that the ailment was not life-threatening, or so debilitating that it might prevent me from writing about His Word, which I continued doing up to the present time. Miraculously, the back pains eventually disappeared, even without any medication, and I was able to go back to running again, although now more moderately. I believe prayers and faith in God’s Word have healed my spine’s osteoarthritic condition.

Lord Jesus, we know that life on earth is a series of pains, particularly unavoidable as we age. Let them be our portion in sharing your sufferings in Calvary for our sake. Anyway, we hold on to the hope that these pains are as nothing compared to the joy that awaits us in Your heavenly kingdom. So, do with them as You will, dear God, for we believe it is all for our best. Amen.

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