On: January 25, 2015 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” [Luke 7:1-5]
Today is the first of 5 days focused on the process of healing. Stage 1 is simple: if you have a problem, bring it to Jesus. It sounds obvious, but how often do we turn to Jesus as the first, rather than as a last, resort?
The elders, sent to invite Jesus into the situation, bring “religious clutter” to the simple expectancy of the centurion himself. They try to cajole Jesus into action and “earn” a positive response by bigging-up the worthiness of the man who sent them. As we will see, this cuts no mustard with Jesus. It is by faith, not deeds, that healing takes place. Jesus says this quite specifically to the blind beggar in Luke 18 and the famous passage in Isaiah 53:5 anticipates this: “… by his wounds we are healed.”
At what point do I turn to Jesus for healing? If I have a simple headache … when paracetamol would do the trick? Or do I wait until I, or someone I’m concerned for, remains uncured by the medics and I am at my wit’s end? Presumably somewhere in between?
Father God, please help me understand that it is not what I do that earns Your healing touch, rather, simply accepting that You have already done everything necessary to enable it. Amen.