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.
Reflect On: Matthew 9
- Praise God: For His healing compassion.
- Offer Thanks: For God’s healing power.
- Confess: Any pride, which keeps you from asking for what you need.
- Ask God: To deepen your sense of dependence on Him.
Matthew’s gospel recounts fourteen spectacular miracles that displayed Jesus’ healing power. Five of these appear in Chapter 9:
- Jesus heals a paralytic.
- He heals a woman of chronic internal bleeding.
- He brings a dead girl back to life.
- He restores the sight of two blind men.
- He casts out a demon and enables a mute man to talk.
Jesus was an MD, a physical therapists, a gynecologist, an ophthalmologist, and a psychiatrist all rolled up into one. He healed men, women, and children. He was a wonder worker whose healing power even brought the dead to life.
Pictures of Jesus as the meek and mild shepherd often fail to capture the incredible power of this Man. Who else do you know that went around raising the dead? Surely someone with that much power must have created a stir whenever He walked into a room.
But despite His power not everyone was healed. To Pharisees who criticized Him for dining with sinners He replied:“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. …I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:12-13). Can you hear the irony in His voice? He was saying that those who were too proud to admit their neediness would never know what He could do for them. They would never know His life-giving power to heal and to forgive. You have to ask before you can receive.
Then there’s the matter of faith. He healed the paralytic when He saw the obvious faith of the friends who brought him; He told the woman who had the audacity to touch His garments that her faith had healed her; He touched the eyes of the blind men, telling them, “According to your faith will it be done to you” (Matthew 19:29). Time after time, wonder after wonder, Jesus healed and restored those who displayed two things—faith and humility. These two ingredients were catalysts for His power.
The next time you pray for healing, why not go out on a limb? Admit to yourself and to Christ just how desperate you are for Him to touch you, body and soul. Then tell Jesus you believe in His power to heal you. Stop hedging your bets and qualifying your prayers. Ask Him to glorify Himself by making you a spectacle of His healing power and His great compassion. If in response you sense Him asking you do something to effect your healing, like asking other to pray for you, repenting of sin, changing your lifestyle, or seeking out the care of a specialist, do that as well. Don’t limit the ways God can answer your prayer for healing.