Friday, 2 August 2019
Luke 4:40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him, and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.
Here is one of those encyclopaedic statements so beloved by the gospel writers. Jesus healed everyone of everything. But before you dismiss it as so much rhetoric, ask yourself, "Why not?" Was Jesus incapable of this? Was He limited in any way? Would He not have wanted to heal everyone?
However much the deconstructionist or anti-supernatural parties might want to downplay this statement, Luke is in no doubt and there is nothing to suggest that he is wrong in his assertion. If Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the World that believers claim Him to be, then this sort of ministry - in large or small quantities - is well within His capabilities and remit. There was no limit, save possibly that of time: people weren't worried about the evening or night; they just wanted to be healed! Jesus' subsequent ministry showed that time and again He not only wanted to heal people and set them free from oppression, but that He went out of His way to do so.
Instead of downplaying this statement, we should glory in it. We should raise our expectations and look for the outpouring of the Kingdom of God in our day as well.