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That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”

Matthew 8:16-17

Every act that Christ did came from His character and revealed a part of His personality. Who is Christ? What type of Person was He and is He today? All we need to do is to look at His actions, for they speak as loudly as His words.

Christ was no showman, no mere pretender, using slight of hand tricks to impress the multitudes for self-serving purposes. He was simply being Himself, reaching out to those who hurt. James S. Stewart wrote these words,

When Jesus laid his hands upon a leper’s sores, it was not with an eye to effect, any more than his taking the children into his arms had an eye to the effect on the spectators. Any such idea of Jesus trying to produce a favorable impression is horrible. It would give us an unnatural Christ. No. Jesus carried the lambs in his bosom because he loved them – just that – and Jesus touched the leper’s sores because he pitied him with all his heart. The ruling motive of the mighty works of Jesus was always and everywhere compassion.[1]

The miracles of Christ invite us to trust in Him – we would expect nothing less from the true Savior than great works like these – but they were not showmanship, and they are not the only witness to His Messiahship. Our faith in Him is based on our inner acceptance of the witness of His Spirit, and because we have believed along these lines we have a different view of the miracles: we have no trouble believing that they truly happened just as the Scripture said. But to our minds and to our hearts the miracles do not merely show the raw power of Christ – they reveal His heart as well.

As it is true with sickness, so it is true to every other problem we have on this earth – depression, conflict, worry, anxiety, injustice, et al. There can never be a problem we experience that does not touch the heart of the Savior. When we think no one else cares, that all have forgotten us, that even the angels themselves have turned their attention elsewhere – when we feel most lonely then we must claim in faith these precious promises of the Savior’s compassion.

His miracles also reveal that sickness and pain and trouble are not intended to remain forever. The day will come when they will be no more, when painful loneliness, emotional scars, insecurities, as well as every form of physical sickness will be removed from us forever.

When we talk to the Savior in prayer, we address someone all powerful who has us on His heart, who cares more about our troubles and problems than we could ever imagine. Come to Him confidently, quickly, constantly, and trustingly. Leave your anxiety in His hands, casting all your cares upon Him because He cares for you! (1 Peter 5:7).

If He cares so much, the skeptic may ask, then why doesn’t He cure all our diseases? I believe the answer is that His work of redemption is deep, not shallow, intentional, and not random. The sin problems of the world are not easily or simply resolved, and even its legacy in our own lives – whether we mean the physical or emotional aspects of our personality – runs deep. In His time and in His way He will make all things right, but He must make them new first. The foundation of human society is corrupted and if we lose patience with His repair work it is because we do not grasp the seriousness of our problem as He does. We want changes on the surface where we can see, but He sees the greater need beneath. We want it done quickly and cheaply, but as the Master Builder He knows that it must be done thoroughly and that it will be costly.

We can trust His heart just as we can trust His plan – as deep as His knowledge goes, so just as deep goes His compassion for us. Rest in the reality of His love for you. Grasping this truth by faith gives us a taste of the future, when His goodness and love for us will be expressed without measure.

[1] James S. Stewart, The Life and Teaching of Jesus Christ, p. 92

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