God's Divine Healing: A Means of Redemption, Part ThreeWednesday, September 28, 2005
Today, I'll post two more examples of divine healing toward redemption. They both come from the life of Jesus. The next few days will continue with examples from the same area.
Looking at the first, rather lengthy example, Jesus healed so many as a means to redeem them from sin. One of the cities where He ministered was the city to which Naaman took the redemption of the one true God back to his home – Syria. In Matthew 4:24 we read, “And the news about Him went out into all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them all.” Amazing God! Now to be sure, these miracles served two purposes. The first was to validate or authenticate the message He was bringing. The preaching that the kingdom of God was now near needed to be authenticated by signs and wonders to prove it. And one of the first places He proved it was in Syria where unbelievers lived. The second purpose of these miracles was to redeem people for Himself. The next verse says that “great multitudes followed Him…” there on out. Sure, there were many of those multitudes who stopped following, but there were many who kept on following, and many of these were no doubt those who had been healed.
Another whom He healed was a Roman soldier, a centurion, a Gentile, a pagan (Matt. 8:1-13). He was a rarity among Gentiles, for he believed in the power of Jesus to heal without Jesus actually having to be present. This was a man who probably believed in Jesus before he even met Him. Upon seeing evidence of this man’s faith, Jesus responded, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel” (v. 10). Surely this centurion was a believer! And to prove the case, the remarks of Jesus that follow tell this truth: “And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven…” (v. 11). Reclining at the table with the patriarchs was surely a symbol of salvation, and this would take place in heaven. This centurion was from the west, from Rome. And he had come to dine in the kingdom of heaven with Jesus and the patriarchs. Why? Because of God’s redeeming power evidenced through divine healing.