In his demonstrations of God's power to "set the captive free," Jesus healed diseased & injured bodies and calmed disturbed minds. It's no wonder that he has been called The Great Physician. But it's apparent that the "healing" Jesus accomplishes is more than fixing bodies and minds. It is about providing persons a wholeness (or to borrow from John's Gospel, an "abundant life") that transcends whatever physical or mental ailments we suffer. Paul prayed numerous times to be released from his "thorn in the flesh," but found that it became an avenue to lean into God and glorify God.
It can be said that following Jesus might actually be hazardous to one's health! The average age of the early Methodist circuit riders in America, for example, was only 31 years. They simply wore out or died from the hardships of their ministry.
We value healthy bodies and minds. Most hospitals and schools in this country were originally established by religious institutions. But when Jesus delivered the man living in an unclean spirit in the Capernaum synagogue, he made space in that man's soul to live in a new spirit, the Spirit of God. And in that Spirit, we experience a wholeness and health that transcends (or redeems) whatever afflictions or ailments threaten our physical or mental well being. I believe one can be "whole" in Christ even when our physical or mental capacity is not functioning fully.
How do you see Jesus' message and ministry reflected in his healings? What does it say to you about the wholeness we can find in God today? How do you explain it when people pray for a person who is suffering mental or physical affliction but that person is not healed? Do you have a story of healing that you want to share?