The Healing PartPosted: June 21, 2010
Probably the most well-known religious teaching ever is in the gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7 – often referred to as the Sermon on the Mount. Most people probably know at least some portion of this teaching of Jesus, even if they don’t know they know it. (Test yourself: “Judge not, that you be not judged.” “Seek, and you will find.” “The meek… shall inherit the earth.” Any of these sound familiar?)
What most people probably don’t know is that Jesus came down off the mountain and immediately put his words into action – he got to work healing folks. In fact, the Sermon (chs 5-7) is followed by an extended presentation of Jesus’ healing power (chs 8-9). And all of it is sandwiched between 2 similar statements in 4:23 and 9:35 – that Jesus went everywhere teaching and healing.
Following in the Master’s footsteps… I’m glad that in addition to agriculture and teaching, we’ve also had the opportunity to be involved in medical missions while here in Zambia. The night we got here, a container was being unloaded with all kinds of stuff for local villages and hospitals. The first few days we were here there was a lot of sorting of clothing, books, and medical equipment. After a few days the medical equipment was delivered to local hospitals and clinics. For the next few days there were specific medical excursions into some of the villages.
The missionaries heading this up, Ty and Judy Jones, were conducting an optical clinic in the villages (Judy is an eye doctor). We accompanied them a couple of days and assisted in providing glasses to locals. So many of them have poor eyesight, so the optical clinic is always well received. People stand in line for hours for the opportunity to have their eyes checked and get glasses.
It was a bittersweet time. One woman came in with her two young children who were both born blind; heartbreaking to know that there was nothing that could be done. Then you have men and women in their 80s and 90s (the oldest man we saw was 99, I think) who rejoice at being able to have clearer vision.
The best part for me was knowing that we were not only helping physically, but beginning to open the door for spiritual help as well. For example, one of these villages was the same village where there was an agriculture workshop going on with school staff as well. And of course the eye charts being used had John 3:16 written out to test reading ability.