Here is an excerpt from my book “Reaching for Healing”. It’s from the introduction to part II. While part I focused on Matthew 8 and 9, part II goes on to look at what two of Jesus’ disciples did in Acts 3 and 4.
In Part I we looked at a number of the healing miracles of Jesus as recorded by one of his disciples. We have seen that Jesus’ compassion not only led him to heal people, but to bring them into an eternal life-giving relationship with his Father. Both of these things were purchased by Jesus on the cross and administered through his words and touch.
If we read the rest of Matthew’s gospel and continue on into the book of Acts, we find that pretty soon after Jesus commands his disciples to preach the gospel and heal the sick, he leaves! They are left open-mouthed looking up into the sky because Jesus’ absence represents for them a massive change in circumstances. He healed while he was on earth and, to an extent, so did his disciples, but when he goes it’s like the plug being pulled on a heavy metal rock band. It’s no good having loud speakers that go up to eleven without the power to drive them. So with Jesus no longer physically around, is it the end of supernatural healing? Does the church go acoustic?
How are we to advance and demonstrate the kingdom of God now that Jesus has gone? How do we build the church, preach the gospel, and introduce people to Jesus when he is not physically around? Do we do things another way, follow another example, or devise another strategy? We will answer these questions here in Part II by looking at Acts, the book in the New Testament that Luke starts with the enigmatic phrase:
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach. (Acts 1:1)
You can read more about the book and get hold of a copy here.
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