WHAT TOOK SO LONG? Andy Hollifield 12-9-18
Have you ever thought about how that Jesus always healed on the installment plan? If you have, you need to study more. Jesus never healed in stages. What he did brought about immediate change. As a matter of fact, that is a good word to start with; “immediately.” Out of 55 times it is used, 17 pertained to the change when he healed someone.
Three times, all in the New Testament, the words “same hour” are also used talking about healing. They are used a total of 15 times in scripture. In Daniel 4:33, the prophecy by Joseph of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled the same hour Joseph interpreted. In Daniel 5:5 Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans saw the fingers writing on the wall. He saw them in the same hour that he and his friends began drinking out of all the vessels of the temple that his father had taken when they invaded Jerusalem. After Daniels interpretation, Belshazzar was slain that night. In Luke 7:21 the bible says that Jesus healed many infirmities, plagues, evil spirits, and gave sight to the blind. All of this took place right after the arrival of two of John’s disciples sent to ask Jesus, “Art thou he that should come, or look we for another?” In John 4 it was the nobleman from Judea that came to Jesus asking for the healing of his son. When he met his servants they told him what time the boy had been healed. It was the “same hour” he had talked to Jesus.
The term “very hour” is used twice. The first time is in Matthew 15:22 speaking about the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus for the healing of her daughter. In verse 28, Jesus commended her faith and told her the girl was healed. She “was made whole from that very hour.” The other time is in Matthew 17 speaking of the boy being cast into the fire and water by an evil spirit. Verse 18 say that Jesus rebuked the devil “and the child was cured from that very hour.” The disciples had been unable to cast the devil out and Jesus told them it was because of their unbelief and that “this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
“Straightway” is another word I like. The first time in the New Testament it is used is talking about Jesus’ baptism in Mark 1:10 where the heavens opened and God spake. Mark really liked using the word “straightway.” In 5:29 it is the lady with the issue of blood. After touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, “straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up…” Verse 42 tells of the twelve-year-old damsel that Jesus raised from the dead. He said words which meant, “Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.” “And straightway the damsel arose and walked…” In 7:35 the deaf and dumb man was healed. Mark also speaks of the twelve year old girl and says “she arose straightway.”
Mark also used the phrase “as soon as.” In 1:42 he speaks of the first miracle of the leper being healed “as soon as” Jesus finished speaking. Luke 1:44 talks about John leaping in the womb “as soon as” he heard Mary’s news to his mother. There are probably other phrases like these that I have missed. My favorite is just two words; “were” and “was.” If you look at almost all of these scriptures end with the words “were” or “was.” The words means “used to be.” They used to be blind, deaf, halt, withered, lame, dead, dying, diseased, and anything else they might have been. Matthew 8:16 speaking of the works of Jesus said that “he healed all that were sick.” Matthew 4:24 says, “they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.”
As you have probably figured out by now, it don’t take Jesus anytime to do what he needs to do. Whether it is by word, touch, or both, he gets the job done. Another thing you might have noticed is that he faced some pretty tough cases and at times some pretty wicked people. There is no situation, problem, or person that is too hard for him. Nothing or no one has gone so far that he can’t turn them around. What I like about the words “were” and “was” is that they means they aren’t those things anymore. The problems they went to Jesus with or he came to them for are all part of their past. That excites me because I know me better than anyone else does except him. He knows all about me; past, present, and future. The best part is that my past is forgiven and forgotten, he walks with me and leads me in my present, and he has already taken care of my future. And it didn’t take him long at all; just a matter of minutes for me to pray and accept him as my Savior. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!