Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Great Physician

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)

It was the Sabbath, and it was unlawful to do work on the Day of Rest. Once the sun set, a new day began and work could lawfully resume. After the demon was cast out and Simon's mother -in-law had been miraculously healed earlier that day, everyone in Capernaum who had a sick loved one had likely been wondering if Jesus could heal them.  As the minutes ticked away, they probably discussed the possibility. Maybe they began to say,"As soon as the sun sets, I'm taking you to Jesus."  We don't really know what they thought or said. What we do know is that people did not wait for sunset after all. WHILE the sun was in the process of setting, people began to bring their loved ones to Jesus. There was such a sense of excitement and anticipation that they couldn't wait! They wanted healing and wholeness for those they loved and they wanted that without delay. 

Be sure you see this next very important word.  

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At the same time, while the sin was setting, Jesus began laying hands on the sick and healing them. He couldn't (well, didn't) wait for sunset for them to be healed either! Isn't that thrilling? As much as the people wanted their loved ones healed, Jesus wanted it more. He had already cast out a demon and healed a dying woman, but he was not out of power, nor was he out of compassion for those in need. 
Friends, you can bring your loved ones to Jesus without hesitation. He is as eager as you for wholeness and healing. Today, present them at the throne of God and ask for more than a change in behavior. Ask for healing and wholeness and wait with anticipation for the healing to come.