Luke 4: 38-44
1 Cor 3: 1-9 / Ps 33: 12-15, 20-21
I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.
Jesus showed His great compassion
Curing all kinds of affliction.
Let’s continue His healing mission
Thru His 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 He bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. When the sun was setting, 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 Christ. 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 preach 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)
Three things motivated our Lord to help the multitudes that came to Him for healing. The first was His 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. The second was 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 prime reason why Jesus healed was for the glory of 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.
For the past few days, I have been experiencing back pains, which, according to a doctor we consulted is an osteoarthritic condition of my spine. After prescribing some painkillers, the doctor advised me to stop jogging and try brisk walking instead. (Tusk, my pet Labrador who jogs with me in the morning is not going to like this.) I’m thinking of getting a second opinion from Another Physician, and instead of the painkillers, prayers might be a healthier alternative. However, if the pains should persist and the healing doesn’t happen, then the Lord may have better plans for me. This dis-ease may simply be a “bitter pill” that I need to take for a more important healing.
Not all ailments and sufferings were meant to be healed when Jesus left Capernaum, and refused to go back to finish the job for the “late comers”. Instead, 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 important task that the Father had sent Him to do. As I sit in front of my pc monitor, reflecting on God’s message, while enduring the pain in my back, I thank God that the ailment is not life-threatening, or so debilitating as to prevent me from writing about His Word. Still, I would appreciate it very much if you can include my little pain in your prayers, thank you very much.
Lord Jesus, we know that life on earth is a series of pains, particularly unavoidable as we age. Let them be our portion as our way of sharing your sufferings in Calvary. Anyway, we hold on to the hope that these pains are 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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