The Great Healer

Matthew 8:14-17(NIV)

14 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. 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. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:  “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

I went to my family doctor for my annual physical and then went to the Physiotherapist afterwards to deal with pain in my neck.  Blood and urine samples were taken as well as my weight and blood pressure.  All of these tests are to evaluate my general health condition and if there are any indications of sickness using the samples.  For my sore neck, I had some treatment and some recommendations for certain stretches and proper seating structure.  Unfortunately, one session didn’t cure my pain.  I will need to come back again.

It’s amazing that there were those in the presence of Jesus and saw that he healed people and drove out the demon-possessed with the spoken word.  Even after these miracles, some of these same people turned their back on Jesus and asked for his crucifixion.  Infirmities are physical or mental weaknesses.  The prophecy about Jesus is that he took it upon himself and carried our diseases.  Why would he do that?  We live in a fallen world where there is sin, sickness, hatred and death.  Jesus took our sins so that there could be righteousness, health, love and life.  Jesus cares for each and every one of us, so whatever diagnosis comes back on my physical body, I am mindful that Jesus died so that he can heal my spiritual body.  He suffered and knows whatever pain we go through.

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