JESUS, OUR HEALER (JN 4, PS 23)
Updated: Apr 3, 2020
"So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death." (John 4:46-47 ESV)
Jesus returns to the place of his first miracle. We can see that he is becoming well known in the area, at the least for his miracles, so that even a Roman official comes to this Jewish teacher for help. Jesus reveals to us in this passage, as with many others, that he has authority over sickness. He heals the man's son from afar by his word, continuing to prove himself as God.
This is the same Jesus we turn to today. In a time of desperation, when prayers for healing and the restoration of our nation and our world are constantly being spoken, we can live in the hope that we have a Savior that has the full ability to overcome sickness. We do not have a God who is limited in power or control, but a God who we know is good and just and does all things, even when they are confusing to us, for his glory. And this power is not just over physical sickness, but the ultimate sickness of sin that has infected all of humanity for all of time since the Fall.
We live in the tension of the already/not yet. Jesus has already conquered sin and death, but he has not yet returned to bring this defeat to fulfillment in the world. Our God is sovereign in his plans, in his timing, and in his healing. Even if we do not see physical healing for a while on earth, we can daily look forward to the beautiful, eternal spiritual and physical healing that all believers will one day experience in Christ. God will receive his glory out of this chaotic season we are in, and we too one day will relish in his glory forever.