by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
How do I know that? Because He says repeatedly that He never changes. And Hebrews 13:8 tells us in absolutely no uncertain terms that Jesus Christ is the same — that means THE SAME — yesterday, today, and forever. What He did for the people when He walked the earth, He still does for people today.
Our problem most of the time is that we don’t really believe that He wants to do it or that He will. But when Jesus walked the earth, He sent out His disciples to carry His message – the good news that God was sending grace, mercy, and salvation to His people the way He had promised – and that Jesus Himself was the vessel through which all of it would come. He gave those disciples very specific instructions about going out to the rest of the world. “And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:2). Let’s read those instructions again: Preach the kingdom of God and heal the sick.” Now, mind you, He did not say heal SOME of the sick. He did not specify that only certain people – or certain maladies – were to be healed. He told them to heal THE SICK.
Then when He was preparing to leave and return to the Father after His resurrection, He told them to go to the world, make disciples of all nations, and then to teach them (all those new disciples) to observe “all the things” that He had commanded them to do. That means we are supposed to be going out to those who need the Lord and His help. We are to be sharing the gospel – the good news of Jesus’ mercy and all that goes with it – and we are to take them God’s healing.
Just think; really think: If we were fulfilling those instructions, we would be emptying our hospitals!
Unfortunately, we have very, very few Christians who spend time in the hospitals reading God’s Word of healing to the patients and encouraging them to believe that Word. Most of the Christians who visit the sick in the hospital are telling them that God might not want to heal them – or that they may be giving God glory with their sickness. Beloved reader, we have dealt with those lies in several different articles on this site, so I will not belabor it right here. But I would just remind each of us that if we really – genuinely – honestly – want to do God’s perfect will in our lives, we will change that situation.
There is no excuse that is going to be good enough for the Lord when we face Him at the end of our time here and realize we have failed to fulfill one of the two most important aspects of His great commission. Oh, He won’t punish us for failing. His grace is enough to forgive us for our unbelief and our disobedience. He won’t punish us, but He will look at us with eyes full of love and compassion, and we will see in those eyes the question. It will be the same question that Jesus asked His disciples again and again. “Why did you doubt, oh ye of little faith?”
Well, you know what? If we are people of “little faith,” then that means there is some “big faith” out there to be had. And since the Word tells us that faith comes by the Word of God (Romans 10:17), then if we spend enough time in that Word – and put it to work in our lives – we could get to the place that we become people of great faith. As a result, we just might prove useful to our Lord and Great Physician: We just might find ourselves being used to empty a few hospitals.