There are billions of people roaming the earth all with some form of illness whether it is severe or not as it relates to the physicality, mental capacity, and emotional distress of an individual just depends on that individual’s personal circumstance. This subject matter came to mind as I watched the biographical story of Pamela Lyndon Travers who authored the very famous books intitled Mary Poppins. The movie titled Saving Mr. Banks was released in 2013 and reveals the authors tragic past and how she used her very own life plights (including showcasing the end result of her father’s alcohol abuse which aided him until he died) and turned it into a children’s fictional story.
This is an example that leads me further in my conclusion that every human being whether knowingly or unknowingly is in search of healing. Moreover, there are several different kinds of healings that aid people this may include, exercise, psychotherapy, counseling, surgical procedures, etc. But in this specific situation I want to expound on things that are spiritual, you see there are somethings that doctors cannot heal. For example, the power of sin and still yet there is one who can heal our spiritual man let’s take a look into scripture: 1 Peter 2:24 He himself (Jesus) bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed. You may ask why is this particular scripture is important and in response it is because God wishes for non to perish but that we all receive eternal life through his son Jesus; and it is through His Son that we can be healed if we receive and believe in Him.
Furthermore, it is equally important to note that along with healing is forgiveness. Going back to my original story about Pamela Travers I found it interesting that Walt Disney himself told Miss Travers this same thing because she needed to forgive her father (at the end of the movie it shows a scene of her younger self in which she asks her father not to leave her and he responds that he would never leave though he was slowly fading away into death’s realm).
I noted as I watched the movie that Miss Travers father was sick the movie does not specifically state his illness, but it is evident that he overconsumed alcoholic beverages as a form of therapy as he tried to mask his pain and escape his reality. It was implied in the movie that the man felt as if he had become a failure but through the lens of the world it would seem as if he were successful I mean he had a loving wife and three healthy beautiful daughters and was a manager of a bank. Keeping all this in mind it made me think further that he needs something more, there was something that he was lacking which is why I believe it had nothing to do with his economic or social status he needed hope and more importantly he need the restorer (Jesus) thereof.
Early on in the film there is a glance of a false god from my understanding it is related to the Hindu faith. I am not sure if anyone offered this family the message of Jesus, but I know that whatever this family was suffering from that the answer was rooted and planted in Him. The truth is God knows that his children are in pain from the human condition and unless we accept the fact that there is a Savior who will forgive and heal us from sins power how can we receive both forgiveness and healing?
There is a biblical example concerning Jesus’ authority to forgive a man’s sins during his public ministry here on earth. (Keep in mind if Jesus had authority to forgive sins during his time on earth how much more does, he has now that he sits on the right side of the Father in heaven?) Continuing in the story you’ll see that there were some religious leaders calling Him (Jesus) a blasphemer because he forgave a man’s sins. Jesus in response proved it to them by performing a miracle which showcased that he was also able to heal the man’s physical condition in Mark chapter 2 where Jesus healed a paralyzed man starting in the first verse:
1 When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
6 But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, 7 “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
8 Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 9 Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”
We see here that God gave His Son (Jesus) authority to forgive sins and though the paralyzed man had a physical condition or illness, Jesus did not focus on this at first. In fact that is the reason he answered the religious leaders because they did not understand that the man needed to be forgiven (and to be forgiven of our sins is more important than any physical condition or illness) thus bringing healing to his soul and due to the religious teachers complaints he proved that he was the Messiah by simply telling the paralyzed man to stand, pick up his mat, and go home, still yet those leaders did not understand.
The focal point of this story is to continue to shed light on Christ and his ability to heal and forgive all who are hurting and need his help, in fact He died and came for those who needed a savior as it is recorded in Luke chapter 5 verse 31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” This response was to people who criticized Jesus for eating with known sinners. But we still learn from this that because we all suffer from sin, we all need help better stated we need a savior who can heal us once and for all.