What Does Luke 4:40 Mean?

While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them.

Luke 4:40(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

We are fallen sinners, living in a corrupted world, and we are incapable of keeping God's Law. We sin because we are born sinners, which means that that it is impossible for us to keep perfect Law. As fallen men and women, who break God's law, our just dessert is death - and our brief time, here on earth, dictates that our bodies and souls are prone to trials and tribulations - disease, distress and disability.

Jesus was born before the cross, and so He was born under the dispensation of the Law. Because Jesus was a Jew, born under the Law, we often find Him visiting the Temple or attending a synagogue on the Jewish Sabbath. On one particular Sabbath day, we discover Jesus returning from the synagogue to the home of Peter, only to find that Peter's mother-in-law was poorly. She was suffering with a high fever. But Jesus healed her, and the fever left immediately.

A little earlier in His ministry, while at the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus had laid claim to being Israel's promised Messiah with the words - the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind - to set free the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour.

A little later, when in Capernaum, we read that Jesus cast our demons and unclean sprits, And although the short-sighted, small-minded leaders of Israel resented and rejected Him, news of His miracles and healings started to spread throughout the land of Galilee - and many came to Him to be healed,

It was after sunset, on the same Sabbath day that He had healed Peter's mother-in-law of a fever, that we discover many sick people, with various illnesses and diverse diseases, being brought to Jesus by their loved ones. News of Him had spread far and wide and  Jesus healed them ALL

Jesus was the Incarnate God, Who came to Israel as the prophesised Messiah, to save His people from their sins. The many signs and wonders that He carried out during His sojourn on earth, authenticated His Messianic claims.. to be Israel's long-awaited Messiah-King. His mighty signs and many healing miracles demonstrated that He had dominion over sickness, disease, demons, and even death.. as well as authority over the powerful forces of nature and creation.

But in this verse we not only see the almighty God of Creation showing His power and dominion over the natural world, but we see a Man of great compassion and grace.. a Man of kindness and patience - a Man of tender-mercy and great gentleness of spirit - for we read that He healed them ALL. Jesus was a man with the same sort of human limitations as we have.. and He must have been weary at the end of the day - but this simple, short story gives a perfect picture of a Man who understands our infirmities and frustrations.. and is able to sympathise with our weaknesses.

Although He was our eternal Creator, Jesus came to live among His creation as a Man, Who was tempted and tried as we are - yet He had no sin. He was sent to fulfil the Law and the prophets, and to live a sinless life.. so that He was qualified to die on the cross, and to pay the price for the sins of fallen humanity. The Lord Jesus died so that by faith in Him, we would not suffer the eternal dictates of breaking God's Law (death) but would find grace in the eyes of the Lord - by faith. He came to bind-up the broken-hearted, heal the sick and set the captive free. so that by grace through faith in Him, we might not be condemned but have everlasting life.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for this beautiful story which demonstrates Your power and compassion. May I never forget Who You are - both in Your Majesty as my God and in Your compassion as My Brother - in Whose name I pray, AMEN.

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