by Pastor Greg Fowler
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Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people (Matthew 4:23).
Often I am asked whether Jesus heals miraculously today as he did when he was on earth. Usually, it is someone who is suffering from a chronic illness or fighting a debilitating disease, and they desperately seek relief from their Lord. While I would never presume to know God’s thoughts and actions in every circumstance, I do know his character, and I am encouraged by Scripture.
When Jesus began his ministry, healing was an integral part of the message. Time and again, we see Jesus proclaiming the kingdom of God has arrived, in his very person, that those who hear the news are called to repentance, and almost always, there is miraculous healing. This is the loving nature of our God. He calls us away from those things that lead away from life and calls us to the ultimate source of life. Jesus’ ministry was all about bringing life and tending to the wounds of a broken world. He asks us to follow him as members of his kingdom.
I know that Jesus’ nature doesn’t change. Where there is a simple and clear proclamation of the kingdom of God and repentance, there is also healing. There has to be. Whether it is the healing received as we take the body and blood of Christ in communion or the healing received when we lay hands on the sick and pray, the gospel heals. Sometimes we witness a miracle that’s obvious. Sometimes the healing is not obvious.
Lord Jesus, heal us as we turn to you and your kingdom. Amen.
Pastor Greg lives in Adelaide and serves as pastor of Golden Grove Lutheran Church and Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School. He is blessed to spend lots of time with his grandchildren, Teddy and Olivia. His spare time is taken up with golf, Formula 1 and going out with his beautiful wife.