Short Meditations in Mark’s Gospel: 26. Mass Healings
Mk 1:32-34 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
A number of years ago some people I knew went out to Africa to witness a healing campaign that was happening in one particular country. When they came back they testified to amazing things they saw but one particular comment stayed with me. They said that for the first three days their minds struggled to keep up with what their eyes saw. I think that that was how it must have been with Jesus. See what the text says.
That evening after sunset – after the working day had ended. The people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon possessed. Note the ‘all’. His reputation had so spread that the people were in no doubt that he could heal whoever came to him, so they brought anyone who was sick – it was a lot of people. The whole town gathered at the door!
And he healed ‘many’ and he also drove out ‘many’ demons. Now this account doesn’t say ‘all’, just ‘many’ which suggests that were some who weren’t healed at this stage. But don’t be put off by that, still ‘many’ were healed and delivered from demons. This was a major healing event. As we commented previously, Jesus had the power to bring literal physical change to bodies. One minute there was sickness, the next there wasn’t!
Now this account is a simple factual account of what happened but it doesn’t lay down any principles for healing. The difficulty for those of us who are sick or who have long-term illnesses or infirmity, is to grasp that it is possible for us to be delivered from whatever it is. When we have such an illness it is very difficult, if not impossible to have faith to believe for healing, unless God turns up and speaks and generates faith. In every healing, faith is an ingredient – even if it only comes from Jesus. In the Gospels Jesus initiated healings and the fact of him healing people released faith in others for them to be healed. He alone is the healer and in him alone can we trust for our healing.
Lord, thank you that you do heal. Please speak to me to release faith in me for you to move how you want to move, whether it be in healing or in any other way.