‘Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”’ Luke 6.9
What is interesting about this statement is that it is set within the context of a story about healing. While Jesus was in a synagogue on the Sabbath, he came across a man there who had a physical need. We are also told of the presence of religious leaders who were watching intently to see what Jesus would do on this holy day. To their indignation, and presumably to the sick man’s delight, Jesus healed him. Then he went on to talk about why he healed. He actually puts it so simply: that healing is about doing good, and is the opposite of doing evil.
We may find ourselves in a position of need, and that need might be for healing. Invariably, we are faced with the question, does God want to heal me? These words of Jesus are so simple and powerful – of course he does! If we have any doubt about it, let’s ask ourselves this question in the way that Jesus put it: does he want to do good to me or to do evil?
We have made healing so complicated. When we look at the ministry of Jesus as he saw it, it becomes something much simpler. Healing is about Jesus doing good, so bring your needs to him with confidence.
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