Out of the many questions that come to us each day at our office there's one question that comes to me repeatedly. It is a question with a single concern. "How does God's healing happen?"
Luke tells us that the ten lepers cried out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." Now we focus on the word 'mercy' and find more here. Healing is an action of Jesus' mercy. Jesus does not have to heal us yet Jesus chooses to heal us. Jesus taps into compassion and generous love to heal us.
Healing is Jesus' decision. His accomplishment. God's gift. We can only acknowledge our need of the gift and trust Jesus to give it as an expression of Jesus' mercy.
The lepers called Jesus "Master" -- Jesus makes the decisions. If we are to be healed it will not be because we decide it is time to be healed nor that we deserve to be healed. It will be because Jesus is merciful and extends that healing freely as a gift.
In what area of your life do you need healing? God's grace and Jesus mercy be yours.
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, ten lepers approached Him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then He said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God was coming, and He answered, “The Kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the Kingdom of God is among you.” Luke 17:11-21
To God be the Glory!
Rev. Patricia E. Walker AlphaChurch.org