Monday, November 25, 2013

The Great Physician part 2

While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them. (Luke 4:40 NASB)

There are two very wonderful points that remain in this verse, and they are too good to miss. First of all is an understanding of who Jesus healed that day. Two words indicate the extent of the crowd - all and each. ALL the people who had anyone sick brought them (that implies a crowd) and Jesus was healing EACH ONE, which tells us that, even in a crowd, He recognized the individual. It also tells us that He did not discriminate. He did not heal only children, only good people, or only rich people. He healed every individual, regardless of why they were sick or what they had done. Even when their condition was as a result of their own bad choices, He healed them. 

The other point we need to see is the use of the Greek word therapeuo. It is translated here as "was healing", not healed. It implies an ongoing action rather than a past deed that is already completed. Healing is often a process, isn't it?  This particular day in Capernaum, Jesus completely healed the demon-possessed man and Peter's mother-in-law. He may have completely healed many of the people in the crowd. For every one of the sick who were brought to Him, however, healing began, and did not stop until it was completely accomplished. 

This verse is filled with hope! Do you see it? Every parent bringing a loved one to Jesus, regardless of the problem, needs this reassurance. Our loved ones are not just a face in a crowd. Jesus sees them individually, responds to them individually, and begins healing individually. It is often a process, but you can be assured that the process has begun. 

Today, pray that our Lord will complete the healing He has begun (in ourselves and our loved ones) and that we will have eyes that recognize the process as it unfolds.