23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.
Can you even begin to imagine the scenes of Jesus healing people of all diseases and sicknesses? I am sure the streets would have been full of people waiting to see Jesus either heal themselves or people wanting to witness the miracle of healing. In a time when there was no modern medicine or real understanding of health and disease what Jesus was doing must have been so mind blowing that I am sure everyone wanted to find Him.
In more modern times we often look to Doctors to solve our health issues. It is common to hear when someone has an ailment they often ask around for the best Doctor, the most advanced cutting edge treatment or technology available and research online to educate themselves. I do not mean to underestimate the need for good Doctors, trust me we need them! But imagine a time when physical and mental health was poorly understood, there appears a miracle healer to conquer all and heal all. Jesus’ time in Galilee was a time when He was proudly preaching in the synagogues and healing everyday people. He did not tell people to keep his miracles quiet, He healed as many people as He could. He knew He had come for a purpose, to serve, to teach and to heal among other things.
Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to this earth and fulfilling your purpose. Thank you for all those people you healed physically and mentally. Please help us to remember that with all the information that we have now in our modern world that you are the ultimate healer and you understand us better than anyone as you are our Creator. Help us to pray and ask for your healing in our lives and in those around us.
Written by Susannah Ware