Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for June 14, 2020; Second Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 19:2-8; Psalm 100; Romans 5:6-15; Matthew 9:35-10:8(9-20)
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35-36
“Jesus went…healing every disease and sickness.” Oh don’t you wish he was walking among our hospitals, our nursing homes, and our homes right now doing just that, “healing our diseases and sicknesses; healing each and every person of COVID, cancer, ALS, heart disease, etc., etc., etc…. How awesome would that be?
Yes, it is so easy to get caught up in the miracles of physical healing that Jesus performed. Yet, he didn’t just heal the people physically. Along with his healing, he was preaching the good news. He proclaimed that he was the long awaited Messiah; that he was the one long foretold from whom “the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” (Matthew 11:4-5) In fact, the physical healing for the sake of people’s health wasn’t his main goal. The healing of all the sicknesses and diseases were simply the signs that proved he was the Promised One. All signs lead to him. Then through these signs and his words that announced that salvation has now come, Jesus provided the people assurance to put their trust in him as their Redeemer, and believe. The two go hand in hand: the proclamation of Jesus as Messiah and complete healing.
No, Jesus isn’t physically walking among us, proclaiming and healing, as he was in this passage; however, he is the good news, he is the Word, and anytime it is read or shared, He is being proclaimed. And in believing that proclamation is the healing, and not just a physical, temporal healing; it is the healing of our souls. The utmost cleansing and disinfecting ever to exist. Then finally, we may receive the healing of our bodies, if it be his will. For ultimately, the healing of our souls, our reuniting with God, the Father, as we once were in the Garden of Eden- God with his creation- is the ultimate goal. And because we live on this side of the cross and have seen his resurrection from the dead, we have the ultimate proof of the truth of Jesus’ words and proclamation when he says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Therefore, as Jesus had compassion on us because of our helplessness and his love for us, even while we were still sinners, he did the unthinkable; he died for us. Even as we opposed him, he laid down his life in order to pay the penalty our sins deserved in order to heal us completely once and for all. No matter what this world may throw our way, or with which our bodies become inflicted, Christ has done it: He has cleansed us and we are his, now and for eternity. So, go and proclaim the good news that heals us all.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, as you had compassion on those who came to you when you walked this earth, I know you continue to have such compassion on all people. First and foremost, help me to proclaim your Good news as I have come to know you in my life – Lord and Saviour- so that your Holy Spirit can begin the healing process of others as they see and believe that you are the Saviour of the world. Finally Jesus, please continue to extend your healing touch among those who are suffering from all sorts of diseases. Continue to gather all people to you, the sheep to their Shepherd! In Your name I pray. AMEN!