More than a Healing (by Ben Johnson)

In the first chapter of Mark, we find an interesting story. Jesus is in Capernaum and is doing what Jesus does. He has taught in the synagogue and is healing many people. The Jesus here is the Jesus that many in our time latch onto. The idea is that what Jesus cares about most is teaching a little and healing a lot. He never turned people away.

However, there is an interesting turn of events at the end of the chapter. Jesus has healed many people and early in the morning he rises up and finds a solitary place to pray. The disciples cannot find him, so they go searching for him. Mark 1:37 tells us, “And when [the disciples] had found [Jesus], they said unto him, All men seek for thee.”

What do you think Jesus’ response is? Does he tell them to wait a few minutes and he would be down in a little bit? Does He immediately get up and go back to Capernaum to do some more healing. Neither of those answers is correct. The next verse (Mark 1:38) tells us what He says, “And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.”

Jesus came to this world for more than healing. He came to preach the good news. Yes, he healed but that was not his focus. As you can even see, he did not stay to make sure he healed every one. He left so he could preach to other cities.

Much of what is called missions today may seem like missions but it is not. Jesus mission was not to heal but to preach. Sure, healing is more exciting. It is also more visible, but Jesus did not focus on healing. What is needed today is the same as in Jesus day, we need more than healing.

The biggest need in the world is to have the Gospel preached. We can do all kinds of humanitarian work and make the world a better place to live but if men die and go to hell without ever hearing the Gospel, we missed the mark. The pattern that Christ would leave people who needed healing that he may go forth to preach was not just one He had, but the early church had, as well. The same should be for us.


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