Millions of people create internet posts daily, hoping their contribution will go viral. A single post may alert others, who share information in a chain reaction, causing a virtual explosion of curiosity and interest. Almost anything can go viral, even medical events. A doctor going viral is curious play on words, but it captures the scenario resulting from our Great Physician Jesus Christ after He healed Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-17), as well as the spread of the Gospel by the twelve apostles.
In Jesus’ time, finding quality medical care, much less actual healing, was next to impossible, especially by today’s standards. The concept of a hospital did not exist, and knowledge of the human body was very limited and often inaccurate. Medical treatments were often an amalgam of physical and spiritual remedies, combining superstition and faith with herbs, potions, poisons, or even bizarre techniques such as leeches. This hodge-podge prescription produced only sporadic success. In other words, healing was often a matter of God’s grace. This concept remains applicable today as well.
Imagine, then, the excitement in the community when people heard how Jesus merely touched Peter’s mother-in-law to heal her instantly. Even the logic is infectious – “He healed her, why not me?”
Good news travels fast and the demand to get an appointment with Jesus swelled. By evening, and without the assistance of internet connections, Jesus Christ had gone viral. Scripture says “many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.” (Matthew 8:16). Jesus cast out devils and evil spirits with only His word, not wild incantations or elaborate ceremonies common to ancient peoples.
One surprising aspect of this event was the number of people who needed healing. At the time Jesus walked the Earth, it appears an unusually large number of demon-possessed people existed. Typically, only a tiny fraction of the population is cursed to the point where people claim demonic possession. Yet during Jesus’ ministry, H found no shortage of afflicted persons.
Scripture does not reveal why this surplus existed, but perhaps by divine permission more than the usual number suffered from demon possession. God may have used Satan to inflict such a condition on people, analogous to the way He inflicted Job with boils. This is certainly in God’s power to let the devil loose for a short while to wreak havoc. If God ordered wisely a short time for Satan to plague mankind, Christ would have more opportunities of demonstrating His power over Satan and the purpose for which He was sent to this world.
Jesus’ purpose was to disarm and dispose Satan, to break his power, and to destroy his works. Jesus’ success was as glorious as it was gracious – He healed all who were sick, without exception. Jesus did not care if a patient were rich or poor, young or old, educated or unschooled, He simply cared about all His people. No matter how bad the case was, Jesus took it on. He did not call for another specialist; He was and is the ultimate specialist in healing.
Not only did Jesus’ healing actions please the people, they pleased His Father who sent Him. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy sent through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our iniquities and carried our diseases.” (Isaiah 53:4). Jesus was faithful in fulfilling this and other prophecies, part of the many proofs that He is the Messiah. Jesus has born our grief, carried our sorrows, and healed our wounds (1 Peter 2:24). His greatest gift and healing has come to us by Him covering our sin through His death on the Cross, which heals us spiritually.
It is normal for Jesus to heal His people and for His people to tell others about His healing so the news can go viral. Jesus’ apostles spread the Gospel virally, and never has there been such Good News to spread or a greater healing to mankind. Many people today endeavor to contain this “virus”, but God has proved in the last 2000 years how the Gospel message cannot be stopped, even if it is rejected by the masses. Moreover, Christ’s church grows best under persecution
Jesus commissioned each of us to spread the Word of the Gospel to all nations. Never before have we had such powerful communications to do so. His message reached untold millions using word of mouth and a dozen disciples, how much more each of us can do with modern electronics and global connectivity.
Be normal and go viral. Spread the Word of God and the Good News of His Gospel. In God’s perfect wisdom and plan, the viral message of the Gospel brings healing instead of illness. In the spirit of the Great Commission, feel free to forward this devotional and the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ others. Let the spiritual healing begin!
In His Love and Service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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