That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.- Mark 1, verses 32-34.
We talked last week about news traveling fast. Today let’s talk about “all.” The WHOLE TOWN brought ALL the sick to Jesus and He healed them (ALL of them). Did you catch the enormous complexity in that?
So last week I was at our church’s monthly men’s get-together and we were talking about signs of the end times. One of those prophesied signs is that the Gospel (including Mark) will be preached to the entire world. I said that I didn’t believe the end times were imminent because that hasn’t happened; there are still many millions, perhaps billions, of people who haven’t heard the Good News of Jesus. That’s when one of the other men brought up an excellent point I had never considered. Before the Flood, the entire world was depraved. Not just sinful: depraved. Not just most people: everybody except Noah and his family. All people thought and acted in all sin all the time. That’s why Noah, a sinner but still a righteous man in God’s sight, was saved when everyone else was drowned.
All; everybody; everyone; each and every man, woman, and child on planet Earth. They were not only sinners: they were entirely depraved in their whole hearts. When you consider the possibilities of just how many people could have been born after Adam and Eve, the likelihood is that there were hundreds of millions of people at that time and every one of them was all sinful all the time. Sodom and Gomorrah sinful on steroids. All of them; all except Noah.
What’s the point? All means everyone. It means everything. When the whole town brought all their sick to Jesus, they didn’t leave anyone out. News about Jesus had spread quickly. Just that day he had healed Simon’s mother in law. Now, in the evening, the entire town turned out (perhaps in front of Simon’s house) and brought every one of their sick, afflicted, or suffering people to Jesus for Him to heal them. And He did.
Because they believed He would do it. That’s the other ginormous thing we can’t overlook here. They brought their sick to Him because they believed He would do something to heal them. They believed and it happened. He is and all of them believed. Do you see the profound miracle in that? It’s the start of a movement. Not a political movement or a power movement, though there was tremendous power in it (just as there is today). No, it was a movement of the human soul. Of people realizing that, perhaps, the long-awaited promise had come true and the real deliverer, the one who could save Israel from itself, had finally arrived. He was, He did, and they believed. Not just a few: all of them.
It happened before. In an era when we can connect the entire globe in electronic communication, it is happening again. All; everyone; everything. Knowing that, I ask you again: what are you prepared to do?
Lord Jesus, use me to reach out to others, to all whom I meet, with your profound and saving love.
Read Matthew 4, verses 23-25 again. Read up on other accounts, then, of how Jesus healed many.