Text: “And He healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him.”
“And they were offended in Him. But Jesus said unto them, A
prophet is not without honour, save in His own country, and in His own
house. And He did not many mighty
works there because of their unbelief.”
Good morning, dear ill
Christian! So often you have heard of
the risen Jesus Christ Who is endowed, as the Son of God, with all power and
all authority, over all things – and furthermore, you and I fully believe this
truth. However, your illness does not
receive healing, and neither does mine, no matter how much you and I, and the
church group have prayed for such a healing – and this fact has sometimes been
permitted to detract from our most Holy faith in the Lord.
Please do not let this
situation cause us to doubt, or turn away from the One Who has saved our
never-dying souls. God’s will is a
Sovereign will, and His will shall be done at all times.
It is not taught in
Scriptures, or recorded in the historical evidence of church history – that the
Lord God heals, or delivers, everybody.
We who are not healed,
must still trust in God’s will, for when God’s Sovereign will is done – you and
I, and every other unhealed Christian believer, are fully assured of the very
best Eternal outcome. Hallelujah!
“Though He slay me, yet
will I trust in Him: but I will maintain my own ways before Him. He also shall be my Salvation: for an
hypocrite shall not stand before Him.”
Verse thirty-two of our
selected Bible passage for today, informs us of the fact that, “…they brought
unto Him ALL that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.” However, Scripture does NOT record the fact
that Christ Jesus actually healed them all!
God, the Holy Spirit, the Divine inspiration of all sixty-six canonical
(accepted as legitimate, orthodox Scripture) books of our KJV Bible, inspires
precise truth to be written by chosen writers.
Thus, while God inspires His writers to inform us that the people
brought ALL needing healing before Christ – He is also most precise to reveal
unto us that the Lord Jesus, of all that were brought before him for healing,
only actually healed “…many…” from among them.
“And at even when the
sun did set, they brought unto Him all that were diseased, and them that
were possessed with devils.” (V.32)
Yet, we see what
happened when all this group of sick and possessed people came to Christ – some
were healed; some were delivered from demon possession – but not ALL!
“And He healed MANY
that were sick of divers (various) diseases, and cast out MANY devils;
and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him.” (V.34)
The Sovereign Lord
Jesus in this Gospel account of Mark, is clearly seen exercising His Sovereign
will towards the people that came to Him in Galilee. Some went home ill; some went home still
possessed of devils – God’s Sovereign will was clearly done then, and shall
always be done, or the Lord God will cease to be a truly Sovereign Lord God.
“What shall we say
then? Is there unrighteousness with
God? God forbid. For He saith unto Moses, I will have mercy on
whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have
compassion. So, then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth,
but of God that sheweth mercy.” (Romans
9:14-16) God’s Sovereign will is always done.
healing, we can receive from Christ Jesus is His perfect healing from all our
sin. The greatest deliverance we can
receive is Christ’s deliverance from Hell.
J.C. Ryle Comments:
“We may see in this
case a lively emblem of Christ’s dealing with sin-sick souls. That blessed
Saviour not only gives mercy and forgiveness; —He gives renewing grace besides.
To as many as receive Him as their Physician, He gives power to become the sons
of God. He cleanses them by His Spirit, when He washes them in His precious Blood. Those whom He justifies, He also sanctifies. When He bestows an
absolution, He also bestows a new heart. When He grants free forgiveness for
the past, He also grants strength to “minister” to Him for the time to come.
The sin-sick soul is not merely cured, and then left to itself. It is also
supplied with a new heart and a right spirit, and enabled so to live as to
please God.” (J.C.
Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels 1816-1900)
Let us look with a
Divinely revealed logic on this issue of being healed, or not being healed;
being delivered from sin, and not being delivered from our sin: Think for a moment on this subject with the
eye of Eternity, and let us ask ourselves this question: What would be the
point of God healing a body, mind, etc. if that person wanted none of His
Salvation from sin? Why, the Lord would
be merely making souls comfortable that were on their way to a
Christ-rejecter’s Hell of Eternal torment!
A complete waste of His Divine and Holy time.
Salvation is a gift of
God given only to those souls whom He has elected (chosen) from before the
foundation of the world to give to His Son, Jesus, who will save us in His
“All that the Father
hath given Me shall come to Me; and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise
cast out. For I came down from Heaven,
not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.” (John 6:37-38)
Thought: One day, we
who are healed by Christ from sin - shall be Eternally free from all our
illness, and live forever in glorified bodies that shall never be ill