“When Jesus and the disciples came down from the mountain, they stood on a large, level area, surrounded by crowds.  People had come from all over Judea, from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon.  They came to hear Jesus and to be healed of their diseases and unclean spirits.  And everyone tried to touch him, because he exuded healing power and healed everyone.”

Luke 6:17-19


Notes for Contemplation as You Use this Devotional:

  • In this section often titled, “Jesus Heals the Multitudes,” by the Gospel Writer called Luke, all those who come to Jesus can be healed because they identify Jesus as the Christ, the anointed one, and believe in his healing power.
  • The Luke Writer suggests, by putting Jesus on the level ground where he’ll deliver his “Sermon on the Plain,” that Jesus is a Master Teacher and Healer for all people.
  • Jesus doesn’t inquire about specific diseases. Neither does the Luke Writer elaborate on them. Thus, the focus is on what can be well, not what is broken, sick, sinful, or unworthy.
  • To be healed, the crowd must identify with and believe in their wholeness more than they believe in their ailments. Wholeness is the quality of being completely unified in body, mind, and soul, and Jesus recognizes this inherent wholeness within the crowd.
  • Healing, by definition, presumes inherent wholeness. It’s often a personal, prayerful process occurring as our cells regenerate, repair, and renew themselves. In comparison, to be cured means to eliminate all evidence of disease.  So, you may be healed by taking medicine, for example, though not completely cured of a disease.
  • Demonstration is your evidence of what is or isn’t working in your life. The work of healing is to demonstrate your innate wholeness in your own way. And your first and greatest step in healing is to turn your consciousness (your awareness and mindset) toward wholeness.  As you imagine that you are on the same plain as Jesus, you too can tap into the divine healing resources—such as faith, strength, and intuition—within you.
  • One of the best ways to understand the Luke Writer’s story is to stay open to discerning what healing specifically means for you. Like those in the crowd, you can be healed as you believe in your wholeness and touch the Christ (anointed) presence within you.
  • As Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon teaches in an inspiring collection of her sermons, It Works If You Work It, “You will find within yourself a power that will heal you. Become one with that power. . . . The Life Principle that is within you is working right now.  . . . The Master Physician will come forth to heal you when you realize who and what you are. Know for yourself: ‘I am perfect; I am whole.’”


Contemplation Questions:

As you reflect on your life and circumstances, ask yourself:

  • What currently needs healing in my life?
    • List, word map, or illustrate whatever healing you desire, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
  • What have I believed about any ailment I may have?
    • List, word map, or illustrate all your beliefs.
  • In what ways have I considered myself broken and/or sick?
    • List, word map, or illustrate whatever applies.
  • How do I feel when I contemplate my Christ (anointed) self and my own inherent wholeness?
    • List, word map, or illustrate all your feelings.
  • What are at least three (3) things I’m willing to do to demonstrate my wholeness?
    • List, word map, or illustrate as much as you can imagine.
  • As I affirm my wholeness daily, what evidence do I see of my healing?
    • List, word map, or illustrate all the healing you experience.

Use this devotional as often as you like.  As you do, open yourself to a deep, inner awareness of your Christ consciousness (mindset), the same consciousness Jesus had.  Recognize your inherent wholeness.  Even if you’re slow to believe, stay faithful.  Bless your mind, body, and soul continually.

Especially, if your spiritual community has affirmed that you’re broken, gently allow yourself to release that false belief and find a community that affirms your wholeness.  Likewise, don’t focus on the ailment.  Direct your attention and energy to your wholeness and touch this awesome power within you.

Affirm: “I am a perfect, divine child of God.  I am whole and well, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes.  Every cell, every organ, every fiber of my being now radiates divine life energy.  I believe in my absolute wholeness, and I allow the Christ presence within me to do its wondrous healing works.  And so it is.  And I am grateful.”

© 2023 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks – All rights reserved.

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