And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Matthew 12:15
Did you ever play that game where you took a daisy, declaring alternately “He loves me; he loves me not,” as you picked one petal off at a time? The last petal remaining determined your fate of whether “he/she” truly loved you or not. Of course, you desired to be affirmed of “his or her” love for you. But, in reality there was a 50/50 chance in this game, where the last petal was exactly what you didn’t want to hear, that “He/She doesn’t love you” after all.
Too often, when it comes to healing people believe like this. They don’t know what they can expect from God. They believe that God is somehow picking and choosing who He will show His love to – who He will heal, who He will deliver, who He will help. Yet, do these thought patterns line up with the Bible, God’s Truth to us?
Matthew 12:15 states, “And great multitudes followed Him (Jesus) and He healed them all.” As you read through the gospels, you will see that this occurred many times, not just on one isolated occasion. Healing “ALL” who came to Him perfectly demonstrated God’s love for EVERY person. Meditate on the implications of this for your own life, taking a moment to picture yourself in the midst of perhaps 10,000 people, the ” great multitude.”
You are not God’s exception to “ALL”. What Jesus did through the work of the cross was for “ALL” – no picking and choosing!
What kind of people do you think constituted the large crowds that came to Jesus? Do you believe that everyone from all different ages, races, and backgrounds had reached such a high degree of holiness that Jesus found them worthy enough to be miraculously healed? I don’t think so. I believe there were people, just like today with all sorts of issues in their life – some big, some seemingly small, some with lots, and some with seemingly little.
The bible clearly makes it known that all of us have “issues” – “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God”. (Rom 3:23) This means that not one person could ever qualify themselves through their own holiness, their own sinlessness, to receive God’s gift of salvation, which includes the healing of all diseases. Each person is qualified by one thing only – their faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done through the work of the cross.
What caused Jesus to heal “ALL” in the great multitude, where you are now picturing yourself? The Bible says, “He was moved with compassion.” (Mt. 14 & 15) Jesus’ compassion far outweighs your mistakes, your background, and anything that has ever happened to you. Just like everyone else, Jesus healed you. (1 Peter 2:24) You are not God’s exception to “ALL”. What Jesus did through the work of the cross was for “ALL” – for every person that would ever live – no exemptions, no picking and choosing! If you believe this is true, make the following declaration out loud.
Declare: I believe that You, Jesus, healed all those who came to You, all those who had need of healing. (Lk 9:11) I am part of the “ALL” that you healed, I declare that I am not an exception to the “ALL”, no matter what my experiences or circumstances are telling me. I boldly declare that “By Your stripes, I was healed.” (I Peter 2:24) This is my identity of who I am in Jesus Christ.
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