38 After leaving the synagogue, Jesus went home with Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick with a high fever, and the family asked Jesus to help her. 39 He bent over her and spoke harshly to the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and served them. 40 When the sun was setting, everyone brought to Jesus relatives and acquaintances with all kinds of diseases. Placing his hands on each of them, he healed them. 41 Demons also came out of many people. They screamed, “You are God’s Son.” But he spoke harshly to them and wouldn’t allow them to speak because they recognized that he was the Christ. 42 When daybreak arrived, Jesus went to a deserted place. The crowds were looking for him. When they found him, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of God’s kingdom in other cities too, for this is why I was sent.” 44 So he continued preaching in the Judean synagogues. (Luke 4:38-44, CEB)
Jesus healed many people, and in the morning he went off to be alone, but the crowds were looking for him because they wanted to be healed. They wanted him to stay because they wanted to be healed.
Don’t we all want to be healed? But sometimes healing isn’t what we think it will be. And we can’t be selfish and keep others from healing too. We need to let Jesus be where Jesus needs to be and allow all people to be healed.
And Jesus says he was not sent to heal, but to preach good news. And this is something we can all do. Share the good news of God’s mercy everywhere we go.
Loving People. Loving God.