Reading: Matthew 11: 2-6
Jesus’ response to John the Baptist’s question is interesting. Jesus speaks of the restorations prophesied about in Isaiah 35: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are healed… All of these things listed are physical limitations. Make no mistake, throughout the world people are healed every day from physical afflictions, all in the name of Jesus. The work Jesus began continues through His followers. Jesus’ response is interesting because the true healing Jesus brought was for our inner healing. Ultimately Jesus Christ came to free us from the powers of sin and death so that we could one day enter eternal life.
When John preached in the wilderness, h called for people to repent of their sins and to make straight paths for the coming of the Messiah. John challenged people to be rid of the sin in their lives so that they were ready to welcome the Messiah. Jesus’ response to John’s question is about change in the physical sense. John predicted one who would come to bring healing in the spiritual sense.
Jesus speaks of a healing that I think most often must come first. Before people can hear the good news of Jesus Christ, they must first have their basic needs met. It may be one of the physical limitations that Jesus speaks of that is a barrier to their spiritual lives. It may be a physical limitation such as food or shelter or clothing. Jesus certainly addressed our call to meet these needs as well. By bringing healing and restoration in the physical realms, we open the way to healing and restoration in the spiritual realms. This day, through our words, prayers, and actions, may we each bring healing to our broken world, all in the powerful name of Jesus Christ.