Healing: A Christian Duty

Christ Jesus spoke with authority. With a command he gave sight to the blind, health to the diseased, even life to some pronounced dead. His seventy disciples did not protest when he sent them out into the world saying, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Matt. 10:8; They went willingly, and on their return they said with wonder and joy, "Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name." Luke 10:17;

Over the centuries, no doubt thousands have pondered the Master's words and miracles of healing, and have longed to obey him more fully by following the example of those seventy disciples. He said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." John 14:12; Should one not assume that this was no idle promise meant only for a few of his contemporaries? Jesus was a man who not only could calm a raging storm with a word and heal a leper with a touch, but one who could refute the arguments of learned men with his wisdom. Surely he meant what he said. Since history shows that Jesus' early followers were able to practice Christian healing successfully in the way he taught, may one not expect Christians of the twentieth century, his modern disciples, to have the same success and joy as healers?

March 18, 1972

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