Today’s reading helps to show that Jesus was the Messiah. Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would heal us of our sicknesses and infirmities. Jesus did this. He brought people back to life, he healed leprosy, blindness, deafness, and lameness, he cast out demons and set people free. He did all the signs that the people had long heard that the Messiah would do. He fulfilled prophesies just as he fulfilled the Law.
The wonderful thing is that this hasn’t ended. Some think the age of miracles is over, but they are wrong. When Jesus ascended into heaven, he divested himself and his ministry to us. We are to be his representatives in the world, acting on his behalf. This includes being agents of healing and wholeness.
In order to do that, however, we need to have a depth of relationship with him. Being a disciple is far more than going to Sunday School and then singing a few favorite songs about going to heaven someday and hearing a sermon that talks about being glad we’re saved. Instead, being a disciple is about growth in difficult times. It is about doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. It is about being faithful even in the face of unspeakable horror and torture. Being a disciple is hard. But the reward is better than we can imagine.
Almighty God, who sent our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to be our example and guide: Grant us grace that we might follow him all the days of our lives. Grant us strength that we might follow him through all difficulties and dangers. Grant us peace that we might face death with the calm assurance of knowing you are there. We pray these things through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.