Scripture: Luke 4:38-41; Matthew 8:1-4
This Sunday in our sermon series, Hidden Angels, we will be discussing the how caring for the sick is something foundational to the Christian faith. Jesus was known as a healer during his time. There are literally dozens of stories of Jesus performing healings in the New Testament. Unfortunately, we often make the mistake of assuming that Jesus was the only person these people had ever encountered who could perform these types of healings.
There were many, many people during Jesus’ day who called themselves healers and they were often just as effective as doctors. If you were able to gain a positive reputation, it could also be a very lucrative profession. However, what differentiated Jesus from his competition was that Jesus didn’t charge money to perform his healings. This factor is important because, just like today, those who were poor in the ancient world couldn’t afford to pay these healers to help their families. In this way, Jesus utilized his talents to alleviate the plight of the poor.
We can see this need in the scripture when we read from Luke, because after Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law word gets out about Jesus’ ability and the house gets swarmed with people who cannot afford to pay a doctor or a healer to fix their problems. Jesus is willing to help them because he knows that he is their only hope of finding relief for their ailments.
But Jesus did more than simply heal those who asked him for help. Jesus was able to heal their spirits, which is going to be the focus of our discussion on Sunday morning. I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of friends, family, and fun. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!