My friend Majetta and I were talking last night about art. I had asked my artist friend in Costa Rica to draw a picture of Jesus surrounded by children, putting in some with handicaps, like on crutches or in a wheel chair. He wasn’t very fond of it, saying that once they came to Jesus he would see to it that they were healed.
That’s when our conversation went to the beggar at the gate called Beautiful of the Temple in Jerusalem. He was put there every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. Wouldn’t Jesus have passed by him while going into the Temple? Why had he not healed him?
There were many people in Jerusalem who were not healed by Jesus. How do we know? Read this!
The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.
If Jesus had healed everybody, there would have been none for the apostles to minister to.
Why did Jesus pass by the beggar and leave him begging? Maybe the answer is in the following Scriptures:
“…the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me.”
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
“As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”
Jesus was here on assignment. He was to complete the work the Father had given him, and that’s what he did!
Was the beggar at the gate called Beautiful Peter’s first healing assignment? It looks that way.
Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. (Acts 3:6-8)
Why was the beggar at the Temple gate not healed by Jesus? I don’t know. What do you think? But one thing I know. My Jesus has all power and if he chooses to, he can heal our bodies, although that’s not so important. What matters is our soul. The body is just the shell. The soul will life forever.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
One thing is for sure, if I cry out to Jesus for help, he will not pass me by! The same goes for you. Cry out to him in your time of need! No one is more loving and compassionate!