I feel like I have to make a case for why it wasn’t just the sickness running its course. Or why it wasn’t just the medicine we used. Or why I think Jesus’ healing power is actually the best explanation of what happened.
I have no doubt that time and medicine all had their part to play. But here’s what I also know:
When I left for a three day retreat all three of my kids were sick with fevers. When I came home they were still sick with fevers. Then last night before bed I prayed over each one by laying my hand on them, asking Jesus to heal their bodies, and then commanding their bodies to be healed. In the morning all of them were doing much better- my two oldest were even fever free.
Was their healing the result of sleep, medicine, and time? Maybe. But maybe it was also the power of Jesus.
Jesus loves to heal
Healing was such a major part of Jesus’ ministry. Here’s just a sample of verses from the gospel of Matthew which show this :
Matthew 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
Matthew 8:1-3When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
Matthew 8:14-15 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
Matthew 8:16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.
Matthew 14:14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
And it was not just Jesus who did the healing. He also sent out his disciples to do the same thing:
Matthew 10:7-8 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
So why does healing, whether big or small, make us so uncomfortable? I know in my head that Jesus still heals today. I have seen him do it through others, and even through me before. But I still wrestle with it. I want to boldly praise him for what he has done. But on the other hand I don’t want to sound crazy, look naïve, or be foolish.
But today I am going to risk it. I choose to believe that Jesus still heals. And that by his leading and power on some level he healed my kids.
So thank you Jesus for healing my kids! And if it’s not too much trouble I love to see you do it again.
What are your thoughts about Jesus using us to heal others?