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One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. – Luke 5:17As I think about this verse I can’t help but consider how many people must have been there. I can imagine there were quite a lot. They had come from all over just to see Jesus. Now in these times there were no TV commercials or billboard ads to advertise this event and yet even so, people came from all over the place. The word was spreading like wildfire – there was something awesome about Jesus. It wasn’t his swag or his fashion. It wasn’t his entourage or his bling. He didn’t have any of that. But he did have one thing that people craved: “the power of the Lord was with Jesus.”
Jesus sat before broken people. People with dramas, problems, hurts, and disappointments in life. They were people who had come from all over because they expected to find the solution to the perpetual cry of their soul. Jesus could have made them laugh, he could have entertained them and given them a great show, but it would have been a waste of time. He was there for one reason – to heal. Nothing has changed. The world is still filled with broken people. People who, as John Mayer once put it, are “fighting with the shadows in [their] head.” Broken hearts, disillusioned dreams, disappointed goals, and defeated plans litter the landscape of society. Fathers have buried their children. Wives whose husbands promised them eternal love are wondering why they left, and depression and cancer have become almost as common as the common cold. You and I can chase everything this world has to offer. We can even pat ourselves on the back because, rather than money and fame, we chase wisdom, religion, and good works. But in the end, good as those things may be, there is nothing like being in the same room with Jesus. The power to heal is there and nowhere else. That is where we find our answer. That is where healing takes place.
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