John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen — the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.”
Matthew 11:2-5 (NIV)
What on earth does quality health care have to do with sharing the Good News? John the Baptist is in prison. His heart is burdened to see lost lives transformed by Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah. John seems to be doubting that Jesus really is who he claimed to be. He wonders whether he should he be looking for someone else. So, he sends his disciples to ask Jesus to make it absolutely clear that He was the one John had been preparing the way for, and to be assured that his doubts are unfounded.
Jesus’s response is strikingly clear and simple: just go back and tell John what you have heard and seen me say and do. The evidence was inescapable. Quality heath care for the blind, the lame, lepers, the deaf, and even the dead! And to top it off, the poor had heard the Good News .
Could it be that Jesus saw the provision of quality health care – with healing of body, mind and spirit – as an integral element in extending the kingdom of heaven on earth? And if it was so for Jesus, surely it must be so for us.
This is the third in the “Ensure Quality Healthcare” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence and is prepared by our good friend, David Cohen. David and his wife, Kathi, are based in the Blue Mountains of Australia. A passion for Christian service has motivated ministry all their lives and their love for the Church helps them to encourage others to see their ministries mature and better reflect the great reconciler we follow, Jesus Christ.