Two topics: Jesus’ healing ministry emerges from his hidden and compassionate presence. His provocative words and cures are not to prove power or force change, but to manifest the love of...
Jesus’ healing ministry emerges from his hidden and compassionate presence. His provocative words and cures are not to prove power or force change, but to manifest the love of God.
Jesus does not use his cures to impress. On the contrary, he tries to keep his cures hidden. The healing ministry of Jesus confronts our paralyzing fatalism and reveals the revitalizing power of faith. Jesus calls us to move from being victimized by fate to being liberated by faith.
Discuss the themes and explain their importance.
Your first point has some merit, especially in the book of Mark. In Mark after Jesus performs a miracle, he says that the healed person should say no word about it. This shows that Jesus is not showing off. So, why does he heal? Partially Jesus heals because of his compassion, but he also heals to show that the kingdom of God has come. Mark 1:32-34 says:
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.
Your second point also has merit. In fact, the two points are not contradictory. You should have both perspectives. As we read the gospels, he does expect people to have faith. He says that if his followers had faith they would be able to tell a mountain to move with success. By saying words like this, it is clear that Jesus wants his disciples to exercise faith. Matthew 17:20 says:
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”