News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.
Christ is the Man for All Seasons, the One who is always ready to help, and His help is constant because His love is constant.
Matthew described four types of serious problems – severe paid, demon possession, seizures, paralysis – these were physical and spiritual problems that where critical and mysterious in Jesus’ day. Science was not unknown and all we need is to look at the achievements of engineering of that day through archeology to be impressed with their knowledge – these were not people who lived in caves and had no grounding in objectivity. They were bright, intelligent, and logical, yet medical science was still in its childhood and it would require many more centuries, more than a millennium, before bacteria and viruses would be discovered.
But if we look down on them for their lack of medical and scientific knowledge, we must also admire than for having experienced and witnessed the power of God in Christ. What would it have been like for our eyes to have seen Christ healing the incurable sick, of providing not only hope to the hopeless, but help and wholeness as well. Christ came in compassion into His world, and He comes the same way into our worlds today. He can help and heal what no one else can.
Our knowledge today tends to make us depend more on ourselves and our science than on God. Yet the greatest need we have is not to be merely healed of some physical disease, but to be embraced by the compassion and love of God in Christ, to hear Him say to us by His Word and by His Spirit that He loves us. God desires you to be whole and complete, healed and made well. Our bodies will all one day die, for “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 15:50), unless we are alive at the return of Christ, and death is God’s healing act for the believer.
But for us today there is still mystery in our problems. we have merely scratched the surface in scientific knowledge, the mysteries of the spirit world are also beyond us to fully grasp, and, if we were honest, we would say that we do not even understand our own hearts. We can, however, look to Jesus and rest in His compassion and help. Are you troubled by unknown factors? Are you worried about what may happen to you? None of us knows the future, but the love of Christ for us should lift our spirits and remove fear from our hearts. Whatever problems we face, however mysterious and daunting they appear, He can help. Rest in His love and let this reality guard your heart.