Parents caring for a sick child might ask, "What did I do or not do to cause this?" A child struggling with performing a simple task that his friends might easily do could be asking, "Will I ever be like the other kids?"
Tough questions like these naturally pull on the heartstrings. But finding answers may involve more than focusing on the problems in front of us.
Jesus disciples once asked him about a case of physical disability - whose fault was it? Did the man do something wrong? Did his parents, that he was “born this way? Their prayers hadn’t been able to heal the man. We don’t know but maybe frustration and fear for the man’s future had set in.
Jesus replied that neither were at fault. He turned them away from even considering fault and cause for the disability – away from the disability itself. He declared that the works of God, that is of divine Good, was all that was manifest in him.
He shifted the focus from material disability to God’s divine ability to bring out perfection and goodness alone.
Now the difference between the disciples approach and Jesus’ was as different as night and day. But Jesus’ viewpoint led to healing, while the disciples approach would have left the man mired in the problem.
I think that is what set Christ Jesus apart from the doctors and helpers of the sick before him. Through his method of turning to God, identifying God’s law of Good in each case, and overruling whatever the current material belief about disease was claiming, he never doubted his cases would be healed. He appealed to God’s law the way a mathematician appeals to math facts. He worked with solutions, not on problems.
If you would like to learn more about Christ Jesus' methodology, check out these links:
- What we can learn from that crazy pig story
- Bow down to disease or bow down to good
- A lesson of focus from Christ Jesus... Oh, and my cat
- The simple theology that heals
- One spit prayer. Really!
- "What's your name?" Wake up from disease
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