Healing

Luke 4: 38-44
Co1 1: 1-8 / Psa 52

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.
(Luke 4:40)

Put your faith in God’s compassion,
And He will heal our affliction.
Trust our suff’rings have a reason,
Might well be for our 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)

Reflection

Three things motivated our Lord to help the multitudes that came to Him for healing. The first, of course, was His great compassion for the suffering, the afflicted and those who were possessed by evil spirits. It would have been simpler to a give a “general healing” to the crowds assembled at Peter’s door by merely saying a few words, but He showed His love and mercy by personally laying His hands on each one of them. The second reason 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 primary 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.

Some years back, I had been experiencing back pains, which, according to a doctor we consulted was an “osteoarthritic condition of the spine.” After prescribing some painkillers, the doctor advised me to stop jogging and shift to brisk walking instead. I decided to get a second opinion from Another Physician, and instead of the painkillers, prayers might be a better alternative. However, if the pains persisted and the healing didn’t happen, then the Lord might have better plans for me. This dis-ease was simply a “bitter pill” that I needed 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 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 Good News of the Kingdom was the more important 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 my backpain, I could only thank God that the ailment was not life-threatening, or so debilitating as to prevent me from writing about His Word. I believe it was largely with the help of your prayers that my old back pains no longer recur, 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 in sharing your sufferings in Calvary for our sake. We hold on to the hope that these pains are as nothing compared to the joy that awaits us in Your heavenly kingdom. Do with them as You will, for we believe it is all for our best. Amen.

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