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Thursday
Apr 1st, 2021
Plugged In: His Power Over Sickness
By: Evan Wehrle
2 minute read 

Matthew 9:35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. (NIV)

Like you, I’m so excited about Southland’s new Hawaii campus opening up next year! I can’t wait… April fools! Haha!

Jesus physically healing people is peppered throughout the gospels. Healing paralytics and lepers, from internal bleeding to seizures to withered hands. Healing the crippled to walk, the deaf to hear, the mute to speak, and the blind to see!

We’re told of many times when Jesus physically heals someone. But here’s the awesome thing about Jesus: that number doesn’t include ALL the times Jesus healed people. That’s why I love verses like these:

  • The people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. (Luke 4:40, NIV)
  • Healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about Him spread all over, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases. (Matthew 4:23-24, NIV)
  • They brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. (Mark 1:32, ESV)
  • Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. (Matthew 9:35, NIV)
  • When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed. (Matthew 14:35, NLT)

Isn’t it incredible to think about the sheer number of people Jesus healed in His short ministry? Wouldn’t it have been so fun to be a disciple and see it all? We only know a small percentage of the stories. A small percentage of the names. People who were forever changed by this man.

Every single story about healing has one thing in common. It implies something. It implies that something is off. Something is not as it should be. Demon possession, sickness, disease—these are not part of God's original design. This is one of the many attributes of a sin-saturated world and these miracles illustrate Jesus’ power over sin.

Beyond the eye-popping nature of these miracles, is a loving and good God. Biblical faith always embraces both God's all-powerfulness… and His goodness… regardless of the outcomes. In fact, believing that He’s good allows us to believe that He is able, and vice-versa.

How can your faith embrace both God’s all-powerful nature and His goodness? How can having a more accurate view of Him help you today?