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After calling his first disciples, Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching, preaching, and healing. He want to the ill, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, the paralyzed and to those having seizures.
One of my favorite movies is Bruce Almighty. Bruce is dissatisfied with his life and complains to God, who decides to teach Bruce a valuable lesson. He takes a “vacation” and leaves Bruce in charge, giving him God-like power…and responsibility. So what does Bruce do with it? The same thing any of us would probably do. He focused on his own problems; fulfilled personal wishes, and made his enemies miserable. When he couldn’t handle the massive amounts of prayers coming in, he just said “Yes” to everyone, the resulting chaos reminding us why God doesn’t always give us our way.
Jesus came to us in fully human form, with the power of God at his fingertips. He could have made a pretty nice life for himself; established a new earthly kingdom like so many of the people wanted, and were expecting, of the coming Messiah, kicked out the Romans and crushed them, introduced new medicines, foods, or technologies not yet known in that era. Really he could have done anything at all. But he didn’t, because unlike Bruce, and all the rest of us, Jesus was perfect. He knew it would be wrong to do those things, and that the results would be destructive for us.
What Jesus shows us is his compassion for human suffering. He taught to help people learn, preached to bring them deeply needed truth, and he healed them. He could have just snapped his fingers and instantly wiped out whole diseases like Leprosy, curing everyone at once. But that would not have had the same impact as what he did–face to face, hands-on, life changing…world changing…healing. Healing that gave him the opportunity to not just offer people a temporary cure, but eternal salvation. God used teaching, preaching, and healing as a way to connect with us, and save us, in a very personal way. And even though Jesus isn’t on earth anymore, he is still reaching out to us in the same ways. We all have our stories, don’t we? And we never tire of hearing about them because they give us a glimpse of God’s hand moving through the world still today–a glimpse that never fails to show us God’s goodness and the hope he wants for us.
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