Did Jesus ever refuse to heal someone who asked to be healed? Was Jesus ever unable to heal someone who asked to be healed?
We read in Matthew 12:15 and Mark 3:7-8, which The Merged Gospels places right before the selection of the Twelve, that “a great crowd from Galilee, and also from Judea followed Him. And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and beyond the Jordan, and the region of Tyre and Sidon, a great number of people heard of all that He was doing, and they came to Him, and He healed them all.”
Those last four words jumped off the page at me.
“HE HEALED THEM ALL!”
Then after selecting the Twelve, we read of the Sermon on the Level Place on the Mount.
“And there was a great crowd of His disciples, and a great multitude of the people from Judea, and Jerusalem, and the seaside Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him, and to be healed of their sicknesses. And those harassed by unclean spirits were healed. And all the crowds were seeking to touch Him, because power was going out from Him, and He was healing all.” Luke 6:17-19
Again, those last four words jump off the page at me.
“HE WAS HEALING ALL!”
At least in these encounters, everyone that came to Jesus who was sick, lame or afflicted by demons was healed.
The last time I checked in the dictionary, “ALL” means ALL… not some… not many… not most… but ALL. In these situations, 100% of those who came to Jesus needing to be healed received the miracle they needed from God.
All they had to do was come. All they had to do was ask. If they were mute and couldn’t speak, then coming WAS asking.
So, did Jesus ever refuse to heal someone, or was He ever unable to heal someone who asked? I’m going to be looking more closely for that as I read through the Gospels each month.
We do know that He was not able to perform miracles in His hometown, Nazareth, because of their unbelief. At times, I’ve thought they didn’t have enough faith… that Jesus requires a measure of faith on our part to be able to heal us or others.
But I think it’s even simpler than that. I think their unbelief simply meant that they didn’t come. They didn’t ask. If they would have come and asked, Jesus would have healed and delivered them.
Come. Ask. Believe.
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