Monday, May 07, 2007

Jesus heals

"Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all."
 --Matthew 12:15

What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under
the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that He was disgusted, but
patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils
must have met at His feet! What sickening ulcers and putrefying
sores! Yet He was ready for every new shape of the monster evil,
and was victor over it in every form. Let the arrow fly from
what quarter it might, He quenched its fiery power. The heat of
fever, or the cold of dropsy; the lethargy of palsy, or the rage
of madness; the filth of leprosy, or the darkness of
ophthalmia--all knew the power of His word, and fled at His
command. In every corner of the field He was triumphant over
evil, and received the homage of delivered captives. He came, He
saw, He conquered everywhere. It is even so this morning.
Whatever my own case may be, the beloved Physician can heal me;
and whatever may be the state of others whom I may remember at
this moment in prayer, I may have hope in Jesus that He will be
able to heal them of their sins. My child, my friend, my dearest
one, I can have hope for each, for all, when I remember the
healing power of my Lord; and on my own account, however severe
my struggle with sins and infirmities, I may yet be of good
cheer. He who on earth walked the hospitals, still dispenses His
grace, and works wonders among the sons of men: let me go to Him
at once in right earnest.

Let me praise Him, this morning, as I remember how He wrought
His spiritual cures, which bring Him most renown. It was by
taking upon Himself our sicknesses. "By His stripes we are
healed." The Church on earth is full of souls healed by our
beloved Physician; and the inhabitants of heaven itself confess
that "He healed them all." Come, then, my soul, publish abroad
the virtue of His grace, and let it be "to the Lord for a name,
for an everlasting sign which shall not be cut off."

Charles Spurgeon

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