Day 12

Jesus Heals and Performs Miracles

from the The Life of Jesus reading plan


Luke 8:26-56, Matthew 9:27-38

BY Bailey T. Hurley

I’ve never witnessed a miracle like the ones described in these Scriptures. I have not seen someone lay hands on a blind person, and with a word, restore their sight. I have not witnessed someone on their deathbed rise as if they had just taken a nap. 

Yet, I have witnessed different kinds of miracles. I’ve witnessed the miracle of people turning from darkness to light. I’ve seen friends heal from wounded identities only through the power of Jesus’s love. Even my own experience of being saved by Jesus is a miracle. Jesus is in the business of healing people physically and spiritually. Just because I have never seen lame people walk again doesn’t mean I don’t believe Jesus can do it. I know He can. Yet, for many of us, we are waiting for our miracle, and that can cause us to doubt if Jesus is the true healer.

For much of my life, I have wrestled with anxiety. When I became a mom, the anxiety got worse. There was a season where I was afflicted with panic attacks regularly. At one point, I even called 911 to come and help me because I thought I was having heart failure. Since that time, Jesus has done a lot of healing in this area, but there is still this voice in the back of my head that reminds me it could rise up again unexpectedly. What will trigger the next attack?

Some of us have family and friends we have prayed for hoping they will receive the gift of Jesus into their lives. We are still praying for them… 

There are others of us who have wrestled with our love life, our health, our job status, or our fertility. We are still waiting for these unmet desires to be fulfilled…

The bleeding woman could not marry, could not take part in the community, and could not afford any more treatments to help her. She was desperate for relief! And with one touch of Jesus’s robe, she was cured. But was the actual touching of Jesus’s robe some sort of magic? No. “‘Daughter,’ [Jesus] said to her, ‘your faith has saved you. Go in peace’” (Luke 8:48).

A synagogue leader asked Jesus to heal his daughter and Jesus told him to do what? To “only believe” (v.50). 

Jesus saw two blind men and asked them, “Do you believe I can do this?” They answered, “Yes, Lord,” and Jesus healed them by their faith (Matthew 9:28–30). 

Today, it is by faith that we are saved. I don’t have a fluffy, cute answer for the miracles we are waiting on, but I have faith in Jesus as my rescuer. For He saved me from the gravest thing, my sin. And He restored my soul. This is a miracle. Some may see our condition as a curse, but may we see it as an opportunity to look to the cross, have faith, and “go in peace” (Luke 8:48). 

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82 thoughts on "Jesus Heals and Performs Miracles"

  1. Farrah M says:

    Praying for you Elin. I had preeclampsia, also, and I know the fear and anxiety it can bring. God is with you and your baby. He will protect you both and restore your health. ❤️

  2. Terri Baldwin says:

    “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace. “

  3. Vicki Sherfy says:

    ❤❤

  4. Lehua K. says:

    My husband and I just watched the Chosen episode with Jairus and the bleeding woman… the timing is so perfect with today’s reading and what I’m currently going through! @Churchmouse, what you had said about abiding and not rushing through devotionals to check them off, really spoke to me. Thank you. God has been telling me to re-read “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” and I haven’t opened it yet, but I did listen to a few episodes from the podcast that John Mark Comer co-hosted on the topic.

    @Alison Lynch, what you said struck a chord with me as well. I wrote in my journal: “Do not let your unbelief ruin this beautiful season of growth. The harvest is coming.” Thank you. Praying for you and your baby.

    Also praying for the other requests shared.

    I know I’m a few days behind so my comment might get lost in the shuffle, but for those who see this, please pray for my anxiety around my job. It’s my supervisor’s last week and I’m replacing him next week, and I’m dealing with the grief of losing his guidance, the anxiety of filling his shoes, and the uncertainty of how much my raise/promotion salary will be and when. My husband and I have a side business as well that we want to grow this year, and this promotion has been quite a distraction from that. Thank you for your prayers.

  5. Samantha Collier says:

    I needed the reminder of the woman who was healed just by touching His robe. I have faith in Jesus but I need that same faith about life issues. Scripture is so beautiful and reassuring.

  6. Samantha Collier says:

    I was wondering the same thing, thank you for the explanation.

  7. Alexus Cehelnik says:

    ❤️

  8. Julianna Schmidt says:

    I just love that He had compassion on the crowds because they were harassed and helpless. Sometimes when I have those feelings I think they are my own fault and I have to make some changes before God can help me. This is a nice reminder that that isn’t the way Jesus works. So thankful for a God who has so much love for His people❤️

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