Hearing and responding to the healing Christ

Anyone who has struggled long with some challenging physical or mental difficulty may think, "If I could only go to Christ Jesus. He wouldn't require a lot of me, and would heal me immediately."

From a surface reading of the Bible record of Jesus' healing works, it almost appears that the individuals needing healing didn't have to do much to have Jesus' help. Consider this illustration from Luke: "And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God." Luke 13:10–13.

Even though these four verses give us very few details, they do reveal that the woman did have to do something in order to receive her healing. And what she did can be a very helpful example to us in showing us what we must do in order to receive the Christly touch of healing.

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