The Ones Jesus Didn’t Heal

Most people think Jesus healed every person who needed healing.  Several scriptures indicate that Jesus ‘healed them all”1 without discrimination and gave His followers authority to heal every disease.2 Jesus Himself said He was willing.3  But Jesus often gave the credit for healings to the recipient. Yes, the recipient! Do we think Jesus was just being modest? No, Jesus was and is the very essence of truth. Therefore these people somehow procured their own request from the willing and able Christ Jesus. Let’s examine these individuals to whom Jesus attributed responsibility for their own answer to an expressed need.

The most obvious and profound example of a healing devoid of Jesus’ intentional intervention is the woman with the issue of blood.4 This woman took her healing from Jesus; she didn’t ask or pray or beg.  She defined her own point of impact by saying over and over to herself, "If only I touch his clothes, I will be healed."5 She clearly believed this or she would not have broken the laws to act on upon it. She knew Jesus was willing and able and she believed her action would produce the desired results. And she was right! Her story may not have started the movement of people pleading to simply touch Jesus’ clothing to obtain healing,6 but it certainly fueled that movement. And though the healing clearly flowed from Jesus, He credited the healing to the woman’s faith: “Your faith has healed you.” Healing was available in Jesus, but not everyone took it.

Then He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.

• • • Luke 8:48• • •

In fact, Jesus frequently credited an individual’s faith with their healing. But it wasn't just healing. Faith was credited for a sick man and a sinful woman’s exoneration of sin, a Roman centurion’s whatever-he-believed-for (in this case healing for another person under his authority), two blind men “according to your faith let it be done to you” and a woman received “let it be done for you as you desire” because of her faith.7 In each of these situations, it wasn’t the compassion of Jesus that instigated the miracle, it was something the person said and/or did that demonstrated their faith in Jesus’ willingness as well as His ability.  They spoke publicly and took action, many times that action was unconventional, disruptive, rude or illegal.  But each one’s belief was obvious. Their faith in Jesus’ power and willing, generous, uncondemning response was visible.

In two of these examples, Jesus commended their faith in Him. It is noteworthy that these two believers weren’t even Israelites.8  The Roman centurion and the Syro-Phoenican woman had no expectation of a Messiah or favored standing with God under the Mosaic covenant, but they had heard the stories of Jesus and believed in His power and goodness. These two believers did not allow their status as ‘out-siders’ or sinners sway them. This simple belief in Jesus and His willingness to heal anyone caused Jesus to remark, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”9 That is a tough call for lack of faith.   

Has Jesus changed since He walked the earth two thousand years ago? Shouldn’t healing be even more accessible since His death and resurrection? No, Jesus has not changed.10 He was and is the perfect representation of God the Father.11 Jesus willingly made the final payment for you to have absolute forgiveness, unconditional healing and complete redemption.12 Have you been waiting for Jesus to heal you? Perhaps you wonder if it is possible to put too much faith in Jesus. It isn’t. Remember Jesus’ words, “according to your faith”; remember the bleeding woman spoke what she believed and acted accordingly. So did the Roman and the Syro-Phoenician woman. Maybe Jesus is waiting for your faith to show up and for you to take your healing.

“O woman,” Jesus answered, “your faith is great! Let it be done for you as you desire.”

• • • Matthew 15:28• • •

1.  Matthew 4:23-244, 8:16, 9:35, 15:30, Matthew 12:15, Luke 4:40, 6:19
2.  Matthew 10:1,8; Mark 6:7, Mark 3:15, Luke 9:1-2, 10:9
3.  Matthew 8:2-3. Mark 1:40-41
4.  Matthew 9:22, Mark 5:34, Luke 8:48
5.  Matthew 9:21, Mark 5:28
6.  Matthew 14:36; Mark 3:10; Luke 6:19
7.  Matthew 20:34, Mark 10:52, Luke 17:19, Luke 18:42; Luke 5:20, Matthew 9:5, Luke 7:50; Matthew 8:13, Luke 7:9; Matthew 9:29; Matthew 15:28
8.  Matthew 8:10-13, Luke 7:9; Matthew 15:28
9.  Matthew 8:11-13
10.  Hebrews 13:8, 2 Corinthians 1:19-20
11.  Hebrews 1:3, John 14:9
12.  1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:16-17

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