And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Great multitudes followed Him--from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him. For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, 'You are the Son of God.'
Almost everyone wants to be healed of something. U.S. healthcare costs are expected to reach 3 trillion dollars in 2013. We spend more on healthcare than any other country--with poor results.* Our ailments of body and mind are pandemic. God knew this day would come.
So He prepared us for it by the Person and ministry of Jesus.
'Nearly one-fifth of the Gospel accounts is devoted to Jesus' healing ministry and the discussion occasioned by it. Out of 3,779 verses in the four Gospels, 727 relate specifically to the healing of physical and mental illness and the resurrection of the dead' (Gary Wiens, The Healing Ministry of Jesus).**
'Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy Name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's' (Psalm 103:1-5).
'He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions' (Psalm 107:20).
'But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint' (Isaiah 40:31).***
Clearly, God intends His children to be healthy. So why does it seem impossible?
To Be Continued...
* U.S. healthcare costs:
The self-help industry: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/3/prweb9323729.htm
** Gary Wiens, The Healing Ministry of Jesus, http://internationalhouseofprayernorthwest.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/The-Healing-Ministry-of-Jesus.pdf
*** Websites with healing Scriptures:
31 Individual Healings of Jesus (article): http://stronginfaith.org/article.php?page=111
List of the Miracles of Jesus (article): http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/a/Miracles-Of-Jesus.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.