I am Willing. Are you?

I was in the local Dairy Queen last evening talking to a couple who have endured much illness in their family the last couple of years. The husband had a very bad stroke, so serious he was told he was going to die because of the blod clots in the brain, and the son has fought three rounds with cancer, but is now cancer free. They are Christians who believe that God loves us enough to heal us if we ask Him to. The husband is overcoming the stroke which left him wheelchair bound and severly paralyzed on the left side, unable to even feed himself. During our conversation, the wife and mother made the comment, that the physical therapist working on her husband was amazed at the progress he has made. This led the wife to say to the physical therapist, “God has healed him?” The therapist said to her, “Do you really believe that?” The wife replied, “Here is the proof before your eyes. You yourself know that my husband was given up for dead, and you were the one who made the comment about his rapid recovery.” “Who would you attribute his speedy recovery to?” The therapist just looked at her without commenting. The wife knew she received no comment because the therapist couldn’t deny the progress her husband who was now walking in and out of her office with only the aid of a cane to help him keep his balance had made.

As the wife was telling me the story of her family’s battle with disease, another story came to mind that is found in Matthew 8:1-4 When He (Jesus) had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And behold, a leper came and worshipped Him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 

The part of this story that most people don’t get is that, Jesus said, “I am willing, be cleansed,” Disease is a filthy thing that attaches itself to a human body to squeeze the life out of it. But Jesus said, “I am willing” meaning that whatever has attached itself to us, He is willing to remove it from us. But we must do as the leper did, go to Jesus and ask Him for His help. There were no other prerequisites for this leper to be cleansed. The only request Jesus made of him was that he go to the priest and show them he was clean as a testimony to them of the Goodness of God to man.

The second thing people forget is that Jesus healed everyone who came to him. Why didn’t He let a few suffer like the servant of the Roman Centurion who was an enemy of Israel in the story following this one in Matthew 8? He healed them all because it is the right of mankind to be free of the works of the devil. [John 10:10] All sickness, disease, poverty, famine, destruction, and such, is the work of the devil. That’s why Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry, raised the dead, and set free those who were demon possessed. People don’t know about these things because they don’t read the covenant man has with God. Nor do they understand that Jesus came to set the captives (that’s us) free from the works of the enemy (that’s the devil) so we can enter into that right relationship with God who so craves a relationship with His children for whom Jesus came, died because of our sins, was raised from the dead, and who lives forevermore. He did these things so that we might enjoy the benefits of His death, and the removal of the works of the enemy from our lives. This sounds to me like it would be worth investigating. DThrash


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