At even, e'er the sun was set,
The sick, O Lord, around Thee lay;
O, with what divers pains they met!
O, with what joy they Went away!"
— At Even e’re the Sun Was Set by Henry Twells
It is impossible to read the New Testament, or to study the sayings and doings of Jesus The Christ, and believe that it is God’s will that men and women should suffer sickness, disease, or ill-health of any kind whatsoever. Jesus, the Son of God, constantly declared that He came to do the Will of His Father. In all that He did He made it perfectly clear that He was carrying out His Father’s Will and His Father’s commands. “For whatsoever the son seeth the Father do, that he doeth (John 5:19) .” “I delight to do Thy will, O my God (Psalm 40:8)."
When John the Baptist sent his disciples from his lonely prison, asking. “Art thou HE that should come, or look we for another (Matthew 11:3 & Luke 7:19)?“ How did Jesus answer them? He did not begin to explain matters to them, nor did He preach them a sermon. He did not read the Scriptures to them, nor argue with them about the coming of the Christ, but, there and then, in their presence, He began to heal the sick, to give sight to the blind, to unstop the ears of the deaf. He cleansed the lepers and raised the dead; He comforted the sorrowing and preached the gospel of glad tidings to the poor. Then, turning to the disciples of John, He said,—“Go, tell John the things that ye have seen (Matthew 11:4 & Luke 7:22).” His actions were His answer to John, and His actions are the answer today to all those who say that God sent sickness and disease upon the children of men; or, that it is His will that we should suffer these things.
Let us go further with this clue. We read that “Jesus healed all manner of sickness and disease Matthew (4:23 & Matthew 9:35).” We also read of Him, “I delight to do Thy will, O my God (Psalm 40:8)." He said, “I came to do the will of Him who sent me (John 6:38 & John 4:34).” Now, had sickness and disease been the will of God, then Jesus could not, dared not, have healed the people. Either He did, or He did not, the will of God. If, when He healed all the sick, the diseased, the deaf, blind, deformed—if, when He did this healing, He did the will of His Father, then it is very plain indeed, that these things were not, and are not the Will of God, nor are they God-sent. If leprosy had been the Will of God, or God-sent, then He dared not have cleansed the lepers. And so on with blindness, deafness, and all the other diseases under which man suffers. There is no getting away from it, is there? What a glorious clue we have here!
Again, what do you think was the Gospel He preached to the poor? “Unto the poor," said He, “the gospel is preached (Luke 7:22 & Matthew 11:5).” The word “gospel” means glad tidings. It was the gospel of the Abundant Life. “I have come,” said He, “that ye might have LIFE, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).” His was not a gospel of poverty, sickness, disease, limitation, and death. “Fear not, little ﬂock,” He said, “for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32).” Now, was it a kingdom of death, or a kingdom of Life? Ah, dear reader, His was no gospel of poverty, pain and limitation. His gospel was a gospel of beauty, harmony, unlimited good, and LIFE ABUNDANT! He spake to them of the lilies of the ﬁeld, declaring that “even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these (Matthew 6:29 & Luke 12:27).”and He said—“Shall He not much more clothe you (Matthew 6:30 & Luke 12:28)!" He told them to “behold the fowls of the air (Matthew 6:26),” and note how the Heavenly Father feeds them, with what plenty, what abundance, and He added.—“Are ye not much better than they?" “Are ye not of much more value than many sparrows?” He might have said, in effect—How much dearer are you, His dear children, made in His own image and likeness, to the heart of your Father than these, and it He gives such beauty to the flowers; it He feeds the fowls of the air, do you think for a moment He will neglect or forget you, His little ones? But, we must not forget that He added to those words of promise,—“Seek ye ﬁrst the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).” Reader, have you got that clue? If you have, then you will know that in the whole universe there should be no lack, either of the beauty of life or of the necessities of life, according to the sayings and the actions of the Christ of the Gospels.