I hope I am not babbling and this makes sense.
I found myself in a position to show love to a hurting family this weekend. A man that I care for deeply was in the midst of real turmoil, his sister was in intensive care and his family was pressed from all sides. It was great to hear from him how so many “strangers” rallied around them, prayers from people they never meet before, prayers for a sister that had never been seen by any of these “strangers” prayers from so many Churches and people that were so far away. The common thread to all of this was the centrality of Jesus and His power to heal.
One of the pictures we get from Scripture is Jesus has complete control over healing. Be it spiritual or physical, he is in control. Luke 6:19 shows the power of Christ as leaving Him and entering “all” that were sick. This is not some magical trick or slight of hand but the real power of the Spirit of God to heal as He sees fit.
The touch of Christ is as real as anything we might encounter in the physical world. The difference is the power of the Holy Spirit and His work in the healing process. Paul and Barnabas healed a lame man in Lystra, they insisted ‘We are only human beings like yourselves’ (Acts 14:15). They carried no power of their own; they simply relied on the power of God and were conduits of His grace.
They figured out that they too could heal the sick, but only when they took themselves out of the mix and leaned on Jesus to heal. The New Testament points us to this power and it is called Faith, not a faith in what we as people can accomplish but upon Faith that is soundly fastened in Jesus, the Great Physician.
How sad it is that today so many people look to great faith healers and think they hold the keys to healing. It is not the overly saintly self appointed healers or the wonder working televangelists, nope, not the guy on TV that says send in your request and if so lead a few bucks and we will send you in return a “special” holy cloth that will surely heal ol’ Aunt Martha
It is so very unfortunate that today we associate healing with hucksters and the “saintly”.When it is really something that we all posses, the power of Christ to heal lies within our selflessness of relying on Him. It only takes us stepping out of the way and allowing His will to be done.
The New Testament clearly shows us that the healing ministry should have a central place in our Christian walk. Not a second fiddle position of an afterthought that we will fall back on. That is not to say that everyone will be healed but everyone deserves the privilege of allowing the Holy Spirit a place at the hospital bed.
When we find our brothers and sisters are in need of the touch of the fringe of His garment we need to be in position to allow that to take place. We need to be loving, kind and real. We need to be there for those that need to know Him, we need to be a conduit of the Love that is found in Christ the King.