The Radical Healing of Jesus
Updated: Apr 1, 2019
“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’?” (Mark 2:9)
Throughout the gospels, we read accounts of Jesus giving sight to the blind, curing leprosy, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. Everywhere Jesus goes, there is someone in need of healing and transformation. However, Jesus’ healing is more than just a change in physical health. Jesus’ healing is spiritual transformation.
In the time of the gospel, those who were sick or disabled were ostracized and excluded from society. Some, like those with leprosy or demon possession, were banned from even entering towns and cities. They were pushed out and labeled “unclean.” Can you imagine the way these individuals must have felt? Can you imagine the shame and loneliness when families and whole communities disowned them? This is why so many people desperately sought after Jesus for healing.
When Jesus healed others, he not only cured them of their illness or issue, but he restored them back into the community. Jesus chose to include all people and his healing allowed for these ostracized people to find their place and home again. More so, Jesus’ healing and teaching led many to find a spiritual healing. For example, when a man who is paralyzed is brought before Jesus, he forgives the man’s sins. Isn’t that a bit weird? Is that what the man and his friends were seeking after that day? Perhaps not, but in the end they received more than they had asked. For Jesus commands the man to stand up and walk. And the man walks away proudly, with the weight of his shame and misfortune lifted from him. Jesus’ healing is spiritual transformation. No matter our afflictions, that’s the healing we truly need.