These signs will accompany those who have believed:
…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 6: 17-18
Jesus is talking here, commissioning His disciples, commissioning us who follow Him. They will lay hands on the sick and when they do, the sick will recover. I don’t see any qualifiers in this verse. It doesn’t say, those who went to seminary will lay hands on, or those with a special anointing will lay hands on, or those who are “prayed up” will lay hands on and they will recover. No, He just says, those who have believed. Believed what? Believed what Jesus said. Believed that what they saw Him do was the Father’s will. Believed that signs are for us, for all of us who have believed.
I also don’t see Him qualifying who gets healed. He doesn’t say those who pray for half an hour each day, or those who are being used mightily in the kingdom of God, or those who are more loved or more worthy or more important. No, He just says, they will recover.
Regular folks like you and me, if we have believed what Jesus said can lay hands on the sick and they will recover. It’s pretty simple, really.
We did that last Sunday morning at church, first for my husband during our prayer group time before the service and then for others in the congregation who are in need of healing. We did it in faith and in obedience. Jesus said to do this, if we believe. And we do. And He promised that those we lay hands on will recover. He didn’t say maybe, or if this or if that, just that they would recover.
The issue to be settled is just this – do we really take Jesus at His word or not? When He says, they will recover, did He mean it or not? I choose to believe.
How simple is that, Jesus? We believe, we lay hands on the sick and they will recover. Thank You for making that promise and making that provision for us. Healing from You, through the hands of others who have believed. Thank You for the recovery we will see in our congregation and in my husband because of our act of faith and obedience. You are our Healer, You alone deserve the glory, You deserve the praise. Amen.
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