Anyone who has certain challenges, illnesses or injuries knows the importance of therapy in the recovery process. While such treatments wonderfully have become the norm in our society, the events of healing during the ministry of Christ were immediate in order to authenticate His Person and Work as the Messiah, Israel’s Savior and King.
John the Baptizer introduced Him to the nation “…John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world'" (John 1:29 NIV). “After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God." The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent [change of mind] and believe the good news" (Mk 1:14-15 NIV)! Mark records Jesus’ presence in Galilee … “That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases” (Mark 1:32-34 NIV).
This Jesus, traversing the land of Israel preaching and healing, presented Himself as the King and proclaimed, the kingdom of God is near. Scripture does not record all the works of Christ during His earthly ministry for the Apostle John concludes his gospel by saying … “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen” (John 21:25 NKJV).
Each work had a distinct purpose that extended beyond physical healing, that of presenting His Person as the One who could heal the greater need in man, that of relationship with God through faith in Christ. This truth is seen in one of the miracles recorded by John … “Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked” (John 5:2-9 NKJV).
No need of therapy here, just take your eyes off the pool of water and look to the One who can heal more than the physical disease, both the spiritual condition for which there is only one remedy -- faith alone in Christ alone. Rise up -- that is placing one’s faith in Christ. Walk – that is the Christ-centered life of being filled with the Spirit, learning God’s Word and applying it to the opportunities and circumstances of life. Thus, the Apostle Paul shares his prayer for believers … “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Col 1:9-10 NASB).