By J.A. Medders
My authoritative voice is not very commanding. I demand for my dog to go outside, and she runs away. She knows she is not allowed on the couch, but doesn’t seem to hear me when I tell her to stay off the furniture. And she’s just one small example of how my words don’t always get their way.
Did you see the authority of Christ’s voice in today’s passages? When He speaks, sickness and disabilities obey. Power, comfort, and hope are found in the words of King Jesus.
Many of Jesus’ miracles dealt with chronic pain, decades-long illnesses, disabilities, and diseases. These things remain discouraging realities of living in a sin-stained world. But they will not last forever.
Jesus is Lord over all. He can speak to fractured muscle tissue and busted cells and command them to work again, and they obey. He can untangle what is mangled. If He can calm a Galilean thunderstorm, surely He can calm a misfiring nervous system too. He can command diseases to return to the dust, no matter how long-standing the sickness or disability. He may heal our bodies right away, or thirty-eight years into our ailment, or when that last trumpet sounds—but He will heal.
We need to know and believe that the Lord is our healer. The empty tomb tells us not to doubt His ability to overrule what plagues our bodies.
We might be full of hope and faith when a diagnosis is fresh off the doctor’s lips. But as time ticks by, it’s not uncommon for our hope of healing to fade, along with our faith in God’s love for us. But the length of our suffering does not limit our Lord’s ability to restore our bodies, and the presence of pain doesn’t dismiss God’s love for us.
The cross is still real. The tomb is still empty. His power rests on us.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Our weaknesses do not reign over us. Christ reigns. He always reigns over His people. Hear the authority in His voice in these passages. Every healing we see in the Gospels is a time portal to our resurrection and our lives in the new earth.
Jesus will heal us. Completely. It’s only a matter of time.
Written by J. A. Medders