Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
// Luke 11:15-18
Have you ever noticed, when reading the Gospel, just how much time Jesus spent healing the sick and diseased? Have you given much thought as to why?
Generally speaking, people focus much of their time on what they deem most important. While it can be said that the sheer number of petitioners for healing would have taken up much of Christ's time, perhaps they came because He welcomedthem. He thought healing of their bodies to be important. But why would He pay so much attention to the body, if it would just die anyway?
Part of the answer lies in the Godly artistry of the body. Genesis recalls that God stooped down to make Adam from dust and Eve from his rib. With both, He handmade their bodies. Nothing else in creation is handmade but us.
The Psalmist tells us that each of us has been knit together by God's own hands, whilst in the womb. What if the Lord sees Himself as an artist, and our bodies give one expression to the multidimensional living art that we are to Him? What if He healed then, as He does now, because the artistry of our bodies matters to Him?
He took the time to put His own hands into the raw matter from which we are made, and He takes the time now to attend to our diseases, so that He may heal and restore the damage that sin does to the artistry of our physical canvases. Why? Because He made us, including our bodies, in His own image, with the purpose of our whole person reflecting His glory.
// Samuel Nicolosi