My devotion for today is based on 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.”
When Jesus began his ministry, healing was an integral part of the message. Time and again, we see Jesus proclaiming that the kingdom of God has arrived, in his very person, that those who hear the news are called to repentance, and almost always, there is miraculous healing. This is the loving nature of our God. He calls us away from those things that lead away from life and calls us to the ultimate source of life. Jesus’ ministry was all about bringing life and tending to the wounds of a broken world. He asks us to follow him as members of his kingdom.
I know that Jesus’ nature doesn’t change. Where there is a simple and clear proclamation of the kingdom of God and repentance, there is also healing. There must be. Whether it is the healing received as we take the body and blood of Christ in communion or the healing received when we lay hands on the sick and pray, the gospel heals. Sometimes we witness an obvious miracle. Sometimes the healing is not obvious. Whatever it is, it is always in our best interest, even if it does not seem to be.
Please pray with me; Lord Jesus, teach us to trust your healing grace. In your wonderful name, I pray. Amen.