One hundred percent

While reading through the book of Acts recently I noticed something new that I hadn’t picked up on before. It’s funny how that works; you can read the same passage of scripture hundreds of times and then BAM, something jumps off the page that you never noticed before. Throughout the gospels we see several references to Jesus healing everyone who came to him. I generally accept, and teach, that Jesus had a 100% healing rate. But we often get trapped in this notion that because he is the Son of God he fell into a different category when it came to miracles. If only we had some evidence of someone else performing miracles at the same level of Jesus, then we could say there is a chance that we too can operate at that same level. Here comes the BAM I mentioned a second ago. In Acts 5:15-16 we have this:

“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. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.”

Did you catch that last part? “All of them were healed.” That sounds like a 100% success rate to me! Now this isn’t about keeping stats or comparing results because that’s just silly. But it is about recognizing the authority all of us carry as sons and daughters of God and that we too can lay hands on the sick and expect every one of them to be healed. No one has to walk away and remain sick. Jesus did it, Peter and the other disciples did it, and we can do it too! And just to be clear, I don’t think we need this verse in Acts to tell us this but it should be a great boost of faith and give us even more expectation to see people fully restored.

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