We continue our search into the way Jesus was fair in his dealings with both men and women—rare indeed in a day when women were basically second class citizens.
Early in his ministry, Jesus began healing people with diseases and maladies of all sorts. One day, as Jesus amazed them with his teaching at the synagogue in Capernaum, a demon-possessed man stood up right in the middle of Jesus’ message. The man cried out at the top of his voice,
“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Luke 4:34
Jesus dealt firmly with the situation.
“Be quiet! Come out of him!” Luke 4:35
The evil power of the demon threw the man down and left him. Now the people were amazed, not only with Jesus’ teaching, but also with his power and authority.
In the next verses, Jesus leaves the synagogue and goes to Simon Peter’s house. His mother-in-law is suffering with a high fever. They asked Jesus to help her.
So he bent over her and rebuked the fever and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. Luke 4:39
Soon, people were lining up to seek healing on into the night. You can bet that included both men and women.
Our second paring comes in chapter seven of Luke. By this time, word of Jesus’ healings had reached many ears, including that of a Roman centurion. The beloved servant of this centurion was sick and about to die, so the centurion sent word to Jesus asking him to heal the man.
When Jesus had walked part way there, the centurion sent a message saying he was not worthy for Jesus to come to his house,
“. . . just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Luke 7:7
. . . Jesus was amazed and said, “I tell you I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Luke 7:9
(Only twice does Scripture record Jesus being “amazed.”) When the men returned to the house they found the servant well.
Immediately after this happening, Luke records that Jesus and his followers went to the town of Nain. They came upon a funeral procession. The young man in the coffin was the only son of a widowed woman.
When Jesus saw the mother—
. . . his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” Luke 7:14
A wealthy Roman soldier and a poor widowed mother, a demon-possessed man and a feverish mother-in-law, male or female—the thing Jesus saw was their need.
Do you have a need for healing? Physical healing? A spirit that has gone stale? A mind that is confused? A heart that is breaking?
Perhaps like David, you want to pray,
When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who knows the way. Psalm 142:3
~ Joyce ~