Healing the Sick

A leper and a paralyzed man are healed in Luke 5:12-26. Both are healed based on their faith. They believed in Jesus and knew that He could make their lives better. On the other hand, the Scribes and Pharisees questioned Jesus.

There was no known cure for leprosy. A leper had to go through social and psychological challenges. Since it could be highly contagious, they would have to live alone outside the camp. They had to wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, and cry out “Unclean” as long as they had the infection.

Jesus began to get extremely popular. Many people came to hear Him preach and to be healed of their sickness. The Pharisees and teachers of the law began to question who Jesus was and accused Him of blasphemy because of the statement about forgiving sins (v. 20-21).

The pressure on Jesus began to mount and He often withdrew to be with God in prayer. We can do the same. Life is changed when we believe in Christ; by His Words, our faith, and our actions. Just like the man with leprosy and the paralytic, we can be strengthened in faith and overflow with thankfulness because faith in Jesus makes for a better future.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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