“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked.

Many who came to Jesus should have been healed just like the others recorded in the Bible. But they were not healed. Why? We never know the exact reason for each individual. We can however read and learn something from the conversations between Jesus and the patients or their family. We read the Gospel according to Mark today for some examples.

Case number one: Mark 9:23 “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” 24 The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

The boy was healed when the father admitted in honesty his own hindrances. he admitted a self-contradiction in the heart of man, wanting and claiming to believe in divine healing, and yet cannot trust God one hundred percent! The Bible says, a man who doubts cannot expect to receive anything from God! However Jesus was merciful and healed the boy. Jesus, the Son of God, manifested to destroy the work of the devil (1 John 3:8b). Sickness is considered as the work of the devil. Truly, when Jesus cat out the demon, the boy was restored to health!

Case number two: Mark 1:40 A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. 41 Moved with compassion,[a] Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” 42 Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed.

This man came with humility and honesty. He too admitted that He was unclean and needed Jesus. He believed that Jesus could heal but he wasn’t sure whether he qualified to be cleansed. But Jesus had compassion for such a person. He was healed instantly.

Case number three: Mark 5 24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. 25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.

30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” 31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

This woman too, came with humility and honest admission of her need to be healed by Jesus, who was her last hope. When Jesus asked she answered honestly. Her suffering was indeed over!

Case number four: Mark 7 24 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre.[a] He didn’t want anyone to know which house he was staying in, but he couldn’t keep it a secret. 25 Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil[b] spirit, 26 and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.

Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, 27 Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews.[c] It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.” 28 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”

29 “Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.

What did this foreign woman say that made Jesus praised her reply? She was merely admitting honestly and humbly her true needs and trust in Jesus’ compassion to heal her daughter. Her daughter was healed instantly.

summary: Jesus asked for honesty and humility. Were the people specially qualified for God’s healing? No. All they did was being honest about their conditions and showed their faith in Jesus by their actions. They came to Jesus. Jesus_Healing_the_Man_with_Leprosy2

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