Day 11

Christ Heals Illness and Injury

from the The Miracles of Jesus reading plan

Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:14-15, Luke 14:1-4, Luke 22:50-51, John 4:46-54

BY She Reads Truth

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:14-15, Luke 14:1-4, Luke 22:50-51, John 4:46-54

A skin disease, healed. A fever, touched away. A lost ear, quickly replaced. Seemingly chance encounters became life-altering miracles in Jesus’ presence. Power was oozing out of Him, and no one could stop it if they tried, though some certainly did their best.

Sometimes I wonder if, for Jesus, performing miracles was like breathing. Every few moments, my chest expands and contracts, taking in oxygen, transforming it, and putting it out in the world again as a different substance. Jesus inhaled and exhaled, and the blind could see and the lame could walk and the near-dead became fully alive. Lungs breathe because they’re lungs. Jesus heals because He’s the Healer.

So why did He reach out His hand to touch the leper? Why did He touch Peter’s mother-in-law to free her body of fever? Why did He touch the high priest’s servant’s ear rather than simply order it to reattach? We’ve seen how He can speak a storm to stillness or fill a net with fish, all without so much as lifting a finger. But time and time again in the Gospels, Jesus chooses to heal by touch. Why is that?

The story of the leper in Mark 1 gives us a clue. Read again with me the exchange:

Then a man with a serious skin disease came to Him and, on his knees, begged Him: “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him. “I am willing,” He told him. “Be made clean.” Immediately the disease left him, and he was healed (Mark 1:40-43).

Do you see it? It’s love. Jesus used touch to heal because of love.

It is the kind of love that looks at an untouchable beggar and is moved with compassion. The kind of love that, with a resounding yes, is willing to enter into our sickness and grief. The kind of love that brims with mercy, that would lay down self and die for literally everyone other than Himself. This is the kind of love only Christ can give. This is the love with which Jesus touched and healed those He came to save.

To be in Christ’s presence is to be changed (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Sometimes that meant physically. Sometimes—many times—Jesus saw fit to make illness and injury disappear like that storm on the Galilean sea. And we have to assume, for reasons we’ll never understand this side of glory, that sometimes He didn’t. Sometimes He doesn’t. But His presence is no less glorious, no less affecting, no less healing if the wound or ailment remains. Love is who He is. Healing is what He does. It’s how and when He heals that’s the question; and that, like so many other things, we must leave to Him (Isaiah 55:8-9).

But here’s what we do know: He loves us. He loves us with a love that cannot be comprehended by our limited, yet remarkable, brains, with a love that cannot be conquered by anyone or anything, including death itself. Our illness and injury—be it physical, mental, or emotional—is utterly incapable of keeping us from the Savior’s love. This is His promise to us (Romans 8:35-39).

We beg, “If you’re willing, make me clean.” And He always, always answers, “I am willing. Be made clean.”  



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60 thoughts on "Christ Heals Illness and Injury"

  1. Amber says:

    Lord, if you are willing, heal my eye injury right now. I cannot see out of my right eye, but I am hopeful that this is not the end of my story. You will heal me, in Jesus’ name. Bless me, God, and help me. This cannot and will not be the end for me. I am trusting in you to bring me through.

  2. Shelby Arevalo-Daszkiewicz says:

    I needed this tonight. He IS love.

  3. Kallie says:

    Lord if you are willing, give us a home of our own. A place to raise our family to know and love you. A place to watch our little blessings run and play and grow. We need your power, your blessing.. to allow us to get this home loan. We need you.

  4. Mallory says:

    About a year ago, the fill-in pastor my church hired while we were in search of a new one preached a sermon about the leper who was touched and healed by Jesus. At that time, I was going through a bad episode of depression, and that sermon really hit home with me. I felt so lonely and unloved, like I’m sure the leper did, and Jesus touched me and is healing me. By God’s mercy and love, I’ve come so far since that year, and reading this devotion reminded me of just how far I’ve come. He’s a good Father.

  5. Atalie Jones says:

    Lord, if You are willing, make me clean. Cleanse my heart, my soul, and my life from any unrighteousness that breaks communion with You. You are all-powerful, all-wonderful, and an all-loving God. Thank You for reaching out and touching my life and my circumstances each and every day. Continue to make Your presence and Your power known to me.

  6. Pamela says:

    More on the wonderful works of the Savior. All who came to Him were healed !! .Amen !!

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