One of the most fundamental truths about the person of Jesus is that he healed all kinds of people. Even people who know very little about the historical Jesus know that he was a guy who brought healing to people while he was here on this earth. For many Christians, the fact that Christ healed people is almost a “ho-hum” moment because we are so familiar with the Gospel stories about him doing the supernatural. Yet, like with most Scripture stories we encounter, we really need to slow down a bit and let the story sink in: “Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.”
Every one of them, Jesus healed. There apparently was no disease, no infirmity, no sickness, no malady, and no situation that was too much for Jesus. He healed every one of them. Each and every person, without exception, no matter the problem, was healed by Jesus. What is more, please notice how they came to Jesus: All those who had any who were sick brought them to Jesus. That is, it was the family, the friends, and the neighbors of the sick persons who brought them to Jesus for healing.
We are not to simply exhort sick and infirmed people to look to Jesus for healing. We are to bring them to Jesus ourselves. Perhaps one of the main reasons we are not seeing more healing and new life in the Western church is because we are not bringing the needy to Jesus. Maybe it is our lack of faith and action, and not the sick person’s that prevents healing from being realized. Methinks that a profound dearth and lack of prayer for others might be at the core of all the physical, mental, and spiritual sickness that abounds. Let us bring people to Jesus, and let him heal every one of them.
Healing God, there is no problem you cannot rectify and no disease you cannot overcome. I bring all those with cancer, chronic illness, and debilitating depression to you now, in Jesus’ name. Let the healing come in whatever form you choose to bring it. Amen.