Malcus, the servant of the High Priest, goes with the angry priests and Judas when Judas betrays Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. He get his ear cut off for his trouble and then is healed by the one being betrayed. What conflicting emotions he must have had. 

Jesus, who is completely focused on the path to the cross, the cup his Father has given him to drink, heals the man. No one asks him to heal Malchus. No one thanks him for healing Malchus. Jesus just heals Malchus. Sometimes I think Jesus does this a lot, in my life and in the lives around me. He just heals. Thank you, Lord, for your loving kindness and thank you that you are heaven bound and not earth bound like I seem to be so often.

You can picture a beggar by the side of a dirt road leading up from Jericho towards Jerusalem. There is a fairly large group of people walking by and so you ask who is going by. Someone tells you to be quiet and then someone else says that Jesus is going by. Wait, that is the prophet who heals people; “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” You yell out again and again someone tells you to be quiet. And then, miracles or all miracles, Jesus orders someone else to bring you to him! Jesus is the one who told the blind man to be brought to him. The man could not see to get to him by himself.

How many people are calling, yelling for help but cannot see Jesus? 

When you get near to Jesus, he ask you “What do you want me to do for you?” What do I want Jesus to do for me? You answer, “Lord, I want to see.” I too want to see, I want to see Jesus!

Jesus then says to you, “Receive your sight, your faith has healed you.” Now you see, now you praise God and now you follow Jesus. Lord, help me see, help me praise the Father and help me follow you!

This man threw off his cloak in winter, when he could not see to find it. He threw caution to the wind because Jesus was near.

On a Sabbath again, Jesus heals a man who is in front of him at a dinner party. Made we think the man was a plant the Pharisees put there to see if Jesus would heal him or not. Poor man, already has edema, is probably not invited to many dinners at the Pharisee’s homes but Jesus takes hold of the man and heals him! Wow, that man may have missed dinner but he got to go home healed!

Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?”  It seems the Sabbath is a really good day to heal people!

Jesus saw this woman in the synagogue on a Sabbath. What would it have taken for him to see her. I believe the women sat at the back of the synagogue behind a curtain.  Did he see her through the curtain? The text says that when he saw her he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” How that must have upset those assembled on that Sabbath! Women did not belong at the front of the synagogue nor did the Pharisees think it was okay to heal on the Sabbath. The temperature is rising in that room when Jesus answers the synagogue ruler who has instructed people to come and be healed on days other than the Sabbath. Jesus answered him “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”

Do I see the people I encounter on Sunday? Do I take the time to really see others? Am I willing to help others be set free by Jesus? Jesus set her free and gave her the living water! Lord, please set us free from what binds us.

In this miracle Jesus is still in an area that has many pagans. Some people brought a man who was deaf and did not speak clearly to Jesus and begged him to place his hand on the man. Jesus takes the man aside and does touch him by putting his fingers into the man’s ears and then spits and touches the man’s tongue. Then Jesus looks up to heaven and sighs deeply says “Ephphatha!”  Did Jesus sigh deeply because the man was again not “one of the lost sheep of Israel” or was it because the man himself required Jesus to touch and to spit to be healed? Was the sigh because people came for physical healing without wanting a relationship with the healer? This miracle again reminds me to take note of any requirements that I may have for healing and that the point of all healing to is reestablish and deepen the relationship with the Healer so that glory and praise are given to God! Healing is not the complete end result.

In this miracle one who was not “one of the lost sheep of Israel” comes begging for crumbs so that her daughter can be delivered from demon-possession. She believes that Jesus is the Master of all people and of all dis-ease that can come to them. She is very clear in her thinking that Jesus came for Israel but that his coming spills over to all others. I am one of the others that his spilling over has covered and blessed. Do I believe that today Jesus spills out his healing to any and all who will believe He is able to heal? Do I have any requirements for healing that are not Jesus’ requirements?

Jesus tells the woman that because of her great faith her request has been granted! Her daughter is freed. In these miracles of healing demon-possession, it is always someone else who initiates the healing. Those possessed cannot ask for healing – they do not have a right mind. The woman begs Jesus for her daughter’s sake. Am I willing to beg for Jesus to bring healing to those who do not have their right minds?

Interesting that the two men were together. They had the common bond of a disability and perhaps their feelings about the blindness and healing.  As they followed Jesus they called out to him, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” My understanding of mercy is undeserved kindness. This makes me think they knew of sin in their lives and that their healing involved more that physical eyesight. They needed new eyes and new lives. Thank you for the mercy you have on us, Lord!

Desiring God’s mercy leads us to Jesus and to healing.

Jairus was at his wit’s end, as was the woman with hemorrhage, when he came to Jesus. Is being at the end of our capabilities, plans, knowledge the usual way we come to Jesus for healing, to God for anything? Trust in God and in Jesus before we go down a path of struggle and hardship. I am reminded of the Philippian’s 4 passage “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpassess all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Jairus did not have the NT; he went to the source and basically after he prayerfully asks, Jesus tells him to just believe. Jesus then goes with him. Peter, James and John and the girl’s parents are in the room when he takes her hand and says “Talitha koum”. And she gets up! They feed her. I believe Lord, help Thou my unbelief!

I have often thought, ‘If I could only curl up in corner of his garment that is draped on the floor, I could rest from .  . . ‘ whatever at that moment was a struggle for me. This woman had struggled for so long and done everything the world told her to do to no avail. I think her thought was not unlike mine and when she touched the edge of his cloak, the power of healing flowed out from him into her and she knew it!

All three passages speak of her faith healing her – she had been through the fire; her faith had been honed by trial. Glory to God, our faith is a gift from him!

Jesus tells her in the Mark passage “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Glory to God! The suffering was ended and the struggle stopped. In the Matthew passage Jesus turns and sees her. (Here again Jesus sees the whole person and not just the outside – only the Holy Spirit can give me eyes to see like this!) “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” The replenishment of hope is part of being freed from suffering. In the Luke passage Jesus tells her “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Mark also has “Go in peace”.) Peace is part of being freed from suffering. In all three passages Jesus calls her “daughter”. She is included in God’s family when she has so long be excluded. Glory to God! He gives us faith, he is our hope, our peace and calls us to be his children!

Jesus was met by a demon-possessed man. I am so very uncomfortable with this, I want to run. Jesus calmly asked what his name is. My fear is getting in the way. I need to let Holy Spirit calm me and enable me to see the person that is possessed and have compassion. Jesus gave permission for the demons to leave the man and go into the pigs. The authority is given from the Father to the Son and to us. The man was free! Jesus tells him to go to his family and tell them about how much the Lord had done for him and how the Lord has had mercy on him. Can I give up my fear to the Lord to participate in setting someone free? Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Thank you Lord for your mercy to me!