In October 2016, the Lord said to me that the year 2017 would be the year of healing revival in which God would be equipping and sending more and more ordinary believers into personal work with the sick or healing ministry especially one-on-one. This I shared, every chance that presented itself, including four Sundays of preaching on ‘practices of power’ in November and several more radio sessions right up into the early weeks of January and beyond, only to later discover that such a thing as 77 Days of Glory – that massive outbreak of the power of God – was, of recent, rocking the nation.
Why the ministry the Lord talked about is timely is that it has always been that way, except when emphasis on what Jesus’ coming was about has declined. The facts are simple: First of all, Jesus the supreme example of what the life of the Church should be referred to Himself and accepted others referring to him as a physician or doctor whose being sent to Earth was evidence that there had to be sick people or a need for Him or else He would not have been sent. Thus He insisted they that were whole or well needed not a physician and that He did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance, the moment He was blamed for eating with publicans and sinners. And He was right, on the occasion of the people at Nazareth rejecting His announcement of being anointed to heal the sick but also to do other ministry, that they were going to say to Him the proverb ‘Physician, heal yourself. Whatsoever works we have heard that you did at Capernaum, do them also here in your home country.’ (Matt. 9:12. Luke 4:23).
Secondly, the sick that were there were many thus the need was great and more so because what were considered sicknesses were not just sicknesses proper, even if those too were many, so His being a physician to them meant the kind of healing that those sick with say Tuberculosis needed was the very one those not sick in usual way needed. ‘Many who were sick were healed’ where Jesus was active. Reports were even that ‘many taken with diverse diseases and torments were healed.’ Or better still that He also took care of ‘all manner of sickness and disease among the people.’ To fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah that thereby He was bearing griefs and carrying sorrows which when Matthew equated it to bearing sickness and carrying pains made psychological diseases real diseases the way for example heartbreaks make people get fever and headaches. (Mark 1:34, 6:13,56. Matt. 4:24; 8: 16,17. Isa. 53:4,5). The same prophecy had touched on bruises and wounds hence being sick of injury or accidents or being maimed and on affliction, chastisement, stripes and being smitten and stricken hence being sick of restlessness, fatigue, hard taskmasters, slavery, physical abuse or even verbal abuse such as by words not like the wise ones Solomon said are health. Therefore everything else too, according Psalm 91, Deuteronomy 28 and the sacrifice on Calvary above all, from being sick of pestilences, sick of weather, allergies, seasickness or morning sickness, sick of phobias, sick of performance anxiety, sick of famine or hunger, sick of poverty or poor health (See 3 John 2, Psa. 105:37, Rev. 3:18-20), sick of sin (Psa. 107:18-20), sick of being lunatic or being mad because of the moon (lunar) and so on.
Thirdly, though the need was of many, those that could meet the need were few, if available, so that more small scale physicians, if not nurses that could do the work of doctors, needed to be sent out to ensure more coverage. From Matthew 9:35, verse by verse, down to 10:1,2 till 8, it is noted that the Lord went around the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing ‘all manner of sickness and disease’ among the people then that, while at it, He saw the multitude and was moved with compassion for them because they fainted or were sick of fainting and were scattered abroad as sheep without a shepherd or caretaker or nurse or doctor; then, also that, as though because of that, He asked the disciples to pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth labourers or doctors into His harvest, given how the harvest or need was plenteous and the labourers few; then the next thing was Him starting on that agenda by sending His twelve apostles as an advance team of doctors into the towns right up to the homes which He said He Himself would be following to shortly with the instructions that, as labourers worthy of their hire, they must disseminate freely the power they had received against unclean spirits and to heal all manner of sickness and disease wherever the sick appeared therein (See also Luke 10:2,3,7,9). And he could assure those doctors how soon nurses or junior doctors would be joining the crusade of universal healthcare access in the form of those no more than newly born again from their preaching the gospel after His leaving; since the signs that would be confirming that they were true converts would be that, as unkillable devil dominators, they would be laying hands on the sick and they would be recovering (Mark 16:15-17). For all His efforts then, the Lord has reason to wonder, in the face of hopelessness that yet remains uneradicated today: “Is there no balm in Gilead [or Uganda]? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jer. 8:21,22).