Jesus the God-man drew people to Himself. He was recognized as having authority when He spoke; unlike the religious leaders of His day. He was surely seen as a great healer, and as we shall see in our text drew many as a result of this power.
Was healing the reason for His coming? It seems that many who followed Him at the beginning seemed to think so. When Jesus would go away to a “mountain top” to pray and rest, they would go and try to find Him, and they did. Though He was in need of rest, in His compassion He tended to their needs.
In this chapter of Matthew Jesus had just healed the daughter of a Gentile woman, and then we have this account that He went to a mountain top. Jesus loved people; He still loves people. We must never forget that His greatest love was shown when He gave us His life on the cross.
The reason for His coming was to do the will of, and glorify His Father. That was ultimately fulfilled by His death on the cross. The healings which Jesus performed were not eternal in the sense of them never becoming ill again, or for those who were raised from death to live again, they would die again. Lazarus though He had been three days dead and in the tomb was raised out of that grave, but he did return to it again.
The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ healed all sickness brought on by sin, raised to life all who are dead in their trespasses and sin; assuring us all that when this body dies it will be raised to life again, and forever; because He forever lives.
Those who trust Jesus for temporary healing will not live with Him forever; but those who trust Him for eternal healing and life will live forever with Him. Temporary healing is good, as long as the one receiving it puts their trust in the One who is eternal, and not in the healing itself.
Matthew wrote by the inspiration of the Spirit of God:
“And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.” Matthew 15:29-31 (KJV)
The compassion of Jesus is wonderful, amazing, and awe-inspiring. Let those of us who know Him be like Him. The Church which Jesus builds will show His compassion, and welcome all who come to see Jesus. Do people see Jesus in us? Let us endeavor to make it so.
-Tim A. Blankenship