You may recall the time when the paralyzed man was lowered in front of Jesus by his friends. Before healing his physical condition Jesus said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." (Luke 5:20) Forgiving the man’s sins would bring about a spiritual healing. In Jesus’ mind, spiritual healing was more important than physical healing.
Those of us who have in some way recovered from the consequences of past sins can appreciate why Jesus would regard spiritual healing as being most important. We understand how sin destroys lives. We’ve seen how sin leads healthy persons to do things that make them sick and tired of living. So we rejoice when spiritual healing unshackles persons from the bondage of past sins. I used to listen to a radio program entitled “Unshackled.” Each episode was about a person whose life was turned around by the miracle of healing grace.
Even though many of us can appreciate how spiritual healing is more important than physical healing, when our loved ones suffer from incurable diseases, we want them to be healed of those diseases. So we pray for physical healings and sometimes our prayers are answered and the lives of our loved ones are spared. That is so good. Still, one day, the threat of death returns and no amount of prayer can save their lives. Even Lazarus, whom Jesus brought back to life, eventually died.
I think the miracle of healing is not so much what Jesus does to reverse a life-threatening disease. It’s what we do in response to Jesus’ love. When we choose to be grateful for what Jesus has done for us, we will say and do things that promote healing and wholeness. We will find ways to approach each event of our lives with a spirit of joy and thanksgiving. We will regard each breath; each beat of the heart as a gift. And because it is such a precious gift, we will use it wisely. Just as a mind is a terrible thing to waste, so too is a breath, so too is a heartbeat.
Jesus loves us for the bible tells us so. Let’s do our best to live each day, each hour, each minute, each second in grateful appreciation for his wondrous love. As we do so, we will be much more responsive to the influence of Jesus’ healing grace.