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” that came to Jesus to be healed for “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)
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 there are 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 benefit of the healing of all diseases. (Ps. 103:3) Each person is qualified by only one thing – their faith in Jesus Christ and His redemptive work of the cross.
What moved 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’ “hesed” love – His mercy and compassion – far outweighs your mistakes, your background, and anything else that has ever happened to you.
Just like everyone else, Jesus has compassion on you. He had so much compassion for you that He bore 39 stripes for your healing. (1 Peter 2:24) If you believe that what Jesus did through the work of the cross for the salvation of mankind was for “ALL” – for every person that would ever live – no exemptions, no picking and choosing, then you will know that you are not God’s exception to “ALL” for healing. (see Psalm 103;3-5)
Declare: I believe that You, Jesus, healed all those who came to You, all those who had need of healing. (Lk 9:11) I declare that I am part of the “ALL” that you healed and not an exception – no matter what my feelings, 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 You, Jesus Christ.