Apr 1, 2009, 6:38 AM
Lord said to Moses; ‘Make a snake and put it on a pole; anyone who is bitten
can look at it and live.’ ” (Numbers 21:8)
Jesus said: “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” (John 3:14-15)
Most people look up to someone or depend on some source for their livelihood. Such a thing could well be a business, job, parent or relative on whom we rely in dire times and even in times of joy. One specific area in which people looked to Jesus in His day, was that of healing. Myriads of people, oppressed with all kinds of ailments by the devil, and seeking desperate answers, ran to the Master Healer, Jesus. As His popularity soared, people searched for Him everywhere bringing their sick, deaf, dumb, blind, maimed and suffering relatives and friends with them. “People brought all their sick to Him and begged Him to let the sick just touch the edge of His cloak, and all who touched Him were healed.” (Matthew 14:35-36)
People hailed from everywhere. At another instance, “... a large crowd of His disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them.” (Luke 6:17-19) People could spot Him anywhere; and He drew large crowds. They not only followed Him, but would go searching for him. How much they needed to receive healing for their mortal bodies.
One classic example of people looking to Jesus was when four friends of a paralytic, who could not reach Jesus because the house was jam-packed with people, decided in desperation to rip open the roof above Jesus’ head in order to lower the mat the paralysed man was lying on, at Jesus’ feet. Ingenious you would say, but that goes to show to what extent these four friends wanted their sick friend healed. (Mark 2:1-4)
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about Him spread all over Syria, and the people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralysed, and He healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed Him.” (Matthew 4:23-25)
In Luke chapter 9 verses 37 to 40, we read of another account alluding to the healing of a boy with an evil spirit. Jesus had gone up Mount of the Transfiguration with three of His disciples. At His descent, He found out that the rest of His disciples had a problem healing a lad possessed by an evil spirit. The father begged Jesus, crying out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child ... I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” After finding out what the real ailment was, Jesus healed the man’s son by rebuking the evil spirit; then He handed him over to his father.
Once, after their return from an evangelisation trip, Jesus and His ’ disciples retired to Bethsaida, “... but the crowds learned about it and followed Him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.” (Luke 9:11) Our Lord was always ready and willing to lend a hand. Never did He have cause to rebuff someone. “... whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37)
Another case! “A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing, be clean. ‘ ” (Matthew 8:2-3)
“Now on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, Jesus, Master, have pity on us.” (Luke17:11-13) Did He have pity on them? Yes, indeed. He asked them to “Go, show yourselves to the priests,” for a clean bill of health. “And as they went they were cleansed.”Though a very busy man, yet our Lord Jesus attended to every call. He never turned down anyone needing help. He is still healing all those who look to Him or call on His name. John, the apostle wrote; “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s works.” (1 John 3:8b) He is still destroying the devil’s work to this day. The devil is a defeated foe, not a friend. Remember he has come to kill, steal and destroy. Look to Jesus who has “... come that they (YOU/ME) may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b)