A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. — Matthew 15:30 (NLT)
There’s no doubt about it: Jesus healed the sick. How many did He heal? We will never know, until we arrive in heaven and ask Him the question, if that will be possible. There are many similar verses in the Bible that describe the scene as the following:
A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all.
— Matthew 15:30 (NLT)
A vast crowd. How vast? Well, in the next section we read that they were hungry, and Jesus feeds them all – all four thousand (as well as the women and children)! What? Four thousand people? As well as the women and children? There must have been 8 – 10 thousand people there! Now that is truly “a vast crowd.”
And he healed them all. The lame, the blind, the crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others (whatever conditions they had). He healed them all. Not just a few, not one or two, not the worthy or the wealthy; but ALL.
It’s there in black and white. Written thousands of years ago, by a number of witnesses, in texts that have been verified and certified, and passed down through the generations, translated and reprinted over and over again in numerous versions of what we know as today’s Bible. Our ‘Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth!’ as Barry Woodward would say. We must read it at least once before we leave this earth. How are you doing?
Perhaps, like me, you struggle with some parts. Perhaps many parts, again like myself. Some I don’t understand, some I struggle to understand why, and others I struggle to believe that this is how we are meant to live today, and what we are supposed to do and say and see. You see, Jesus taught the disciples to ‘pass it on.’ He told them that they would do the same as He did, have the same powers as He did – and even more. And He told them to pass it on – all of it – the faith, the belief, the power. It has been passed on to us. We now carry the baton. And, of course, we must pass it on to the next generation.
But the healing? Crowds of people, vast crowds, and we are meant to heal them all? Jesus, did you really mean for us to do just that? To heal people? To heal vast crowds? Really? How?
And that’s my struggle. Perhaps it is your struggle too? LORD, I do believe, but help me in my unbelief. I believe in healing, but I have not seen or experienced healing, so please help my unbelief. I know of so many who are or have prayed in faith believing that healing will take place, but have not seen or experienced that healing. Please forgive my unbelief. I do believe, but please help my unbelief.
We live in a broken world. A world where healing is needed on so many levels. Individuals need healing; communities and neighbourhoods need healing; countries and ethnicities need reconciliation, restoration and healing; humanity needs healing; our world around us needs healing.
Heavenly Father, I believe, forgive my unbelief. Help us heal today, Lord. Help our families and our communities heal; help our neighbourhoods and our nations heal; help our world heal. We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
If you’re struggling with unbelief or in need of healing today – please get in touch. Don’t feel as though you have to battle alone – we would like to pray for you and with you. May God Bless You.
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