This is the song that came to mind when I began to write this post about Jesus being a healer.
The Scriptures that arise when I think about Jesus as healer, is every single instant of healing that Jesus does in the Gospels.
One of the common themes that runs throughout these narratives of Jesus healing, is the faith of those who are sick or in need of healing. Whether it was the man born blind, the man with leprosy or the man whose daughter had already died. They are still had faith in Jesus.
Jesus heals even when we don’t have confidence in our faith in Him, but open hearts provide the opportunity for miracles to happen. Jesus doesn’t need us to perform healing, but he uses us when we put our faith and trust in Him.
11 “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’
14 When he saw them, he said, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?’19 Then he said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’” – Luke 17:11-19, NIV
I often think about the lepers who were healed by Jesus and how only one came back to thank Him. In the midst of our pain and suffering, when Jesus heals us, do we thank Him? My prayer is that I will be reminded of how God heals my hurts, both those physical & temporary and those which challenge me emotionally and spiritually. My prayer is that I will have a heart full of thanks everyday, as Jesus heals me and those around me.