When reading the 8th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew one encounters two stories of Jesus healing people. He was approached by two individuals who were not regarded ‘good’ by Jewish society as worthy of being around Jesus. One was a leper who was perennially unclean and could not be around others lest they cause someone else to become unclean. The other was a Roman centurion who was in a position of authority over the Jewish people and was seen as an enemy.
Each person, the leper and the centurion, understood who Jesus truly was, a gentle healer for all people. They approached Jesus with humility to ask for healing for either themselves or for a loved one. Jesus saw in these requests a faith that superseded anything else. Jesus offered healing because of their great trust in Him as the true Messiah.
In our lives today we face hardship and pain. The loss of a loved one. Difficulty in relationships. Struggles in professional lives. The pain is not always seen physically on the outside for others to see. It does sit deep in our souls where we try to cover it up and not let someone see it.
Jesus brings healing to everyone. Whether the pain is a disease or internal hurt His healing brings peace to our souls. This world is broken and not as God the Father intended at Creation. So Jesus comes to us to heal us from the hurts of this world.
We see His dedication in the parable of the lost sheep in Matthew 18:10-20. Here in this story we see the Great Shepherd leave the 99 sheep in their pen safe from harm and went out into the wilderness to find the 1 lost sheep. He loves all of His sheep, children, so deeply that He will do what needs to be done to heal them.
Jesus brings His healing to you. What pain are you holding onto from your past? Where are you searching for peace from the brokenness of this world?
Go before the Lord and give Him your hurt. Tell Him where it hurts. Let Him blanket you with peace to grow through the pain and become stronger in the Lord. Grow in trust in the Healer God.
As the leper said to Jesus, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean” (Matthew 8:2), say the same to Jesus. Watch the healing He brings you from the inside out.
This Week’s Challenge
Each day this week pray to Jesus the pain you feel deep in your soul. Ask Him to bring healing to you and show you how He is healing. Memorize Matthew 8:2 as part of your prayer life this week.