11/20 Matthew 10:1

1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.

Jesus healed every diseased and afflicted person who came to Him for healing. We don't have a single record of His failure to make a person whole. He was proving that He is Lord over all. His authority is supreme. The Apostles were charged with bringing His message to the world. Their authority to heal came from Jesus. It was given to verify the authenticity of the message.

We have never seen such power displayed before or since. Many people claim to have the same authority today, but when the person they pray for is not cured, they suggest that it is the person's fault for not having enough faith. If that was the case, surely we would see similar accounts with the Apostles and Jesus.

The power of God to heal is certainly present today. I have witnessed a number of miraculous healings myself, but if someone had the authority to heal everyone who came to them, we would see a line of people day and night at their front door. Jesus can still heal all who come to Him, but if the affliction draws the person closer to God, why would He? He proved to the world His authority over all illness. He doesn't need to do it again. But in places that never heard of the evidence, we still witness numerous miracles of healing, as He proves to that village or people that He has that authority. In some Muslim villages today, they know to send the sick to a missionary for prayer before they would go to an imam.

Consider: Where do you go first when you are ill? Certainly, God can use doctors to heal, but should we not first go to the One that has authority over all illness? Watch to see how God is using the illness in your life.