Healing does double duty. It is both a sign pointing towards the Kingdom of God, and it is also part of its in-breaking reality. When healing happens, whether physically or any other kind of healing, it points to the day when Jesus will return at which time there will be no more tears and no more pain. It’s a sign pointing us forward. At the same time it is also part of the reality to which it points. In other words, when healing happens, God’s Kingdom comes in the here and now!
If that’s not enough good news, followers of Jesus are commissioned and given authority to heal the sick.
What Jesus did, we get to do!
As you go about your day, keep your eyes and ears open to those around you who are sick. They may be friends, family members, colleagues, or complete strangers. As someone tells you that they are feeling unwell or sick, take it as God’s invitation to pray for them. Be brave and ask Jesus to heal their body and bring his kingdom to them, right then and there.
“Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick…” Matthew 10:7-8