In these two passages, we see the great popularity of Jesus because of his healing ministry. What strikes me as I read them is that most people didn’t come to Jesus on their own for healing. Rather, it was others that brought them to Jesus. And when people brought those who needed healing to Jesus, Jesus healed them.
Just as Jesus opened people’s physical eyes and ears back then, so he does now to those who are spiritually blind and deaf. Just as he healed those who were physically hurting, so he does now to those who are emotionally hurting.
I do believe in physical healing for today as well, but it is people’s souls and spirits that Jesus cares for most, even more than their bodies, as we saw in the case of the paralyzed man and his four friends (Mark 2:1-12).
So in the same way that these people brought the sick and the hurting to Jesus, we too are called to bring those who are hurting spiritually and emotionally to Jesus. We in ourselves don’t have the power to heal them, but Jesus can. But we need to go out and bring them to him, rather than just wait for them to come to him on their own.
That said, Jesus always asked the people he healed, “What do you want of me?” or “Do you desire to be healed?” And only those who were open to his healing touch did he heal. The same can be said of those we bring to Jesus. Once we’ve brought them face to face with Jesus, they have to make a choice. Do they desire healing nor not? Do they desire what Jesus has to offer or not? We can’t make that choice for them. They have to make it themselves.
How about you? Are you bringing people to Jesus?