A Healer in the House
Posted: Monday, January 12
Verse of the day:
When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor — sick people do.” (Matthew 9:12)
Today’s verse of the day comes out of a section of the Book of Matthew that tells the story of Matthew being called to follow after Jesus. Matthew accepts the call and follows Jesus. Matthew also uses his influence to gather together friends that need to know Jesus. At this party, Jesus is confronted by the religious men because he is gathered with these sinners. Jesus points out to them that he is aware of the needs of men. He sees their spiritual needs as well as their physical needs.
In the verses that precede Matthews calling, in Matthew 9:1-7, we read of Jesus healing a Paralyzed Man. The response to the faith of this man and his friends was “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” Everyone else saw the broken body of this man, but Jesus saw the broken spirit. He sees our spiritual needs as well as the physical. And to prove that he has the power and authority to change our spiritual condition, he heals our physical condition. When others questioned his ability to forgive sin, Jesus responds, “Is it easier to say “Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” (Matthew 9:5-6)
Jesus cares about both our physical and spiritual needs. He will heal our physical bodies. However, our physical healing is only to build our faith that he can restore the inner man as well. Take the time to see the needs of people around you today. Don’t be distracted by the physical needs, those may just be the tool that Jesus uses to display his ability to heal their souls.