John 20:30-31 says: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Why did Jesus perform signs? Not simply to perform signs. Why did He heal the sick, raise the dead, give sight to the blind, make the lame walk? It was not because God had given Him a healing ministry. Not at all. Sadly, many modern endeavors into the realms of the miraculous have totally missed the point. Jesus didn’t heal in order to heal. He healed in order to demonstrate He was from God.
I think we need to recognize that today for several reasons. First, so that we can quit the notion that says the miraculous gifts of healing are to remain forever because God wants to use Christians to heal the sick. That is just not so. If Jesus came into the world to heal the sick, He failed. Most of the sick were left that way and they continue to be that way. Jesus came into the world to seek and save the lost. He did that by dying, not by healing the sick. Healing the sick simply pointed out that folks needed to listen to Him.
Second, we need to understand that Jesus didn’t leave behind His church to perform a healing ministry. No doubt, Christians should do good works. But we must not confuse starting a hospital with the work Jesus asked us to do of saving souls. We must not make the mistake of claiming that social welfare, medicinal aid, or some other kind of physical benevolence equals evangelism. Granted, like Jesus, our good works may cause folks to see the Spirit living through us so that they might listen to our words. I’m not denying that. However, thinking that providing someone with medicine is the same as saving souls is simply not so. Building a hospital is not at all carrying on the ministry of Jesus. His ministry was not about healing the sick. That was simply the sign that said they should listen to His ministry of saving the lost.
Keep the faith and keep reading,
P.S. What did you get out of today’s reading?