Lent 2015, Led to the Cross: He is the Great Healer


Jesus triumphed over 40 days of assaults, testing, and temptation from Satan. After that He returned to His home, Nazareth, where he preached, was persecuted, and an attempt was made on His life- but He kept going. He went to Capernaum and drove out demons. And Jesus keeps going, this time to Simon’s home.

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.  So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. (Luke 4:38-39)

Jesus is the Great Healer- that day at Simon’s and still today. Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering, and Jesus eased her suffering. Jesus bent over her, concerned for her, and by His words He tended to her and He healed her. Once healed, Simon’s mother-in-law joins the mission and begins tending to them.

At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.  Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah. (Luke 4: 40-41)

Jesus continues to heal, both the physical (various kinds of sickness), and driving out demons. He healed all who were sick, so the totality of the miracle leaves no room for doubters to say He could only heal one disease, or a few people who may not even have really been sick. Jesus healed all of the people, of various diseases, using His hands and His voice He healed.

At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4: 43-44)

At the start of a new day Jesus sought solitude, private time with God. Jesus did not tie himself to any one place because He was sent for all. And as He always has, Jesus keeps going. His next stop: finding some very special fisherman.

Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:3

Fall down and lay your crowns at the feet of Jesus.

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