Genesis 19:15-29; Psalm 26:2-3,9-12;Matthew 8:23-27
“Lord, save us!” (Matthew 8:25)
The disciples were astounded: Jesus created calm. “What sort of man is this,” they wondered in awe, “whom even the winds and the sea obey?” (Matthew 8:27)
What sort of man indeed! They hadn’t come to realize yet that Jesus, whom they knew as a man, was also fully God. He was born of woman, but was also “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15). He was a man in whom all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (1:19), who possessed not merely God’s attributes but his divine nature. He was God Incarnate!
What sort of man is he? He is the One through whom all things were created, and for whom all things exist (Colossians 1:16). He is the One whose immeasurably great power is at work in and through us who believe (Ephesians 1:19). He can command healing—of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and every other disease. He can order fever and infection, rashes and hives to cease. He can bring wholeness to broken bones and to broken hearts.
Jesus is the One who desires wholeness for all whom he created. He can release us from the grip of alcoholism or drug addiction. He can command calm amid the storms of life: divorce, the loss of a job or loved one, calamity of every sort. He can bring peace to raging emotions and imaginations, to relationships fraught with anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. He can order, “Be still!” to wrath and lust and the desire for revenge. With authority and gentleness, he can tell the worried or anxious heart: “Do not be afraid. It is I!”
Jesus can do all things. That’s who he is. Maybe you’ve never seen an illness or disability healed, a broken relationship restored, or a hopeless situation resolved. But Jesus can do it. Perhaps you long for it with all your heart. Begin today declaring: “I believe you can, Jesus.” Then ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to the place where you can honestly say: “I believe you want to, Jesus.” Then watch to see the wonders he will perform.
“Jesus, I believe you can—and want to—heal. You are Lord and Savior, and I trust in you!” ~wau