We see many miracles happening. But sometimes when it comes to our personal needs we are unable to experience the blessing that we have seen in the life of others. Most of the time we strive hard to experience it but in the process we lose our hope. This often leads to frustration. As Healing is from God and God alone, fixing a standard approach to receive healing is incorrect. Because it differs from person to person and situation to situation. God gives it abundantly to all people, irrespective of race, creed or religion and there is often variation in reception. While witnessing a testimony we only hear or read the end result. A person sharing his/her testimony, does not talk about the changes that took place in him beforehand, as he himself is not able to recollect and arrange it chronologically. Thus, we are deprived of receiving their healing.
Three Segments of God’s Healing
The Bible gives account of miracles that happened in many lives either physically or spiritually. It contains three segments. Firstly, the state of the individual, secondly an encounter with Jesus, thirdly the transformed new creation. The state of the individual informs the probability of reaching out to God, while the encounter speaks volume of His love and grace and the transformation intimates the glory of the resident Holy Spirit. The initiation of the encounter is predominantly by God, though in some places it appears to be initiated by the individual. This is the stage where massive changes are taking place in the individual’s mind towards their approach to life.
The Ten Lepers
“11On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.” Luke 17: 11-14. These ten lepers were staying in a village between Samaria and Galilee. As per Mosaic Law these lepers should not come in front of clean people. If they do so, they will be stoned to death. These lepers are not affected with leprosy by birth. They were born in a normal family. They cherished staying with their parents, brothers and sisters. When they were detected with leprosy they were separated from their loved ones. Though the emotional setback is for the family members as well as the person detected with leprosy, the former was having an element of satisfaction in the fulfilment of Mosaic Law. But for the people who were suddenly thrown out of their comfort zone did not have anything to justify their situation. When the illness itself was horrifying to them, the separation was adding fuel to the fire. While some family had separated them with pain, some others had got an opportunity to prove themselves righteous as per Mosaic Law by breaking their relation with the afflicted.
Sharing our Heartening Moments – ‘The State’
One of Satan’s strategies to distract people’s attention from God is that he acquaints us to people who are sailing in the same boat. Here ten lepers have gathered together in order to fight for their destiny. Usually when people of the same sickness come together, they love to share their pain with each other. This will end up in them cursing all those who have hurt them. They will spend their time looking back through their unpleasant memories, comparing with each other and tormenting themselves. Today this has become possible with existence of modern communication equipment. No need to come together physically. Anywhere, anytime heartening moments can be shared with people who have had similar bitter experience.
Works of the Holy Spirit
Here, in the life of these ten lepers, something amazing had happened. They were not sitting on their past. Instead they were looking forward to Jesus. Each one of them is equally anxious to meet Jesus. They have not heard Him saying “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18. Yet, when they gathered in one accord, leaving aside the past and decided to live in the present, Holy Spirit began to prepare their hearts to receive the miracle. Now they do not have any anthrophobia or social phobia. Cool breeze started soothingly touching their skin. The wind whispered the name of Jesus in their ears. Their feet unknowingly started marching towards Jesus. And soon Jesus was passing through their place. At the Garden of Gethsemane soldiers needed Judas to identify Jesus. Here amidst His disciples and other people, these lepers did not have any difficulty in identifying and addressing Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit prepares us for an encounter, if we set apart all our past painful experience and look forward to Jesus whole heartedly.
Ten lepers standing at a distance asked for His mercy. They believed that if Jesus had showed them mercy, their disease could not hold them anymore. They did not even ask him to heal them. Jesus without wasting time, told them to go and show themselves to their priest. Without waiting for a change to occur in their skin, they were going to show themselves to the priest. The Bible says that as they went to show themselves to the priest, they were cleansed. When they obeyed His command, a change took place. Sin entered into this world because of disobedience. But obedience draws God’s mercy.
Now they are no more lepers. This is the power of the word. It has the ability to separate the infection/sin blended in our blood, body, mind and soul. However deep might be the aggravation, the Living Word eradicates it completely and changes everything. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12. The bitter experience so far, and the selfish people who pushed them to this end were one of the reasons for their Healing. (Roman 8: 28) God is always looking forward to heal us. If we understand this nothing can stop us from receiving healing. “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” Job 42: 2