A reposting from January 20, 2009:
He healed them all! That’s what Matthew says about Jesus. While people were preparing to destroy him, Jesus healed everyone who was following him.
Matthew 12:14-15 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all. . .
I deeply appreciate Matthew Henry’s commentary on the bible, which can be found online for free. I have used it for several years, less as a commentary and more as a devotional. I find his words encouraging and beautiful on this passage from Matthew:
When the Pharisees, the great dons and doctors of the nation, drove Christ from then, and forced him to withdraw himself, yet the common people crowded after him; great multitudes followed him and found him out. This some would turn to his reproach, and call him the ring-leader of the mob; but it was really his honour, that all who were unbiased and unprejudiced, and not blinded by the pomp of the world, were so hearty, so zealous for him, that they would follow him whithersoever he went, and whatever hazards they ran with him; as it was also the honour of his grace, that the poor were evangelized; that when they received him, he received them and healed them all. (emphasis mine). Christ came into the world to be a Physician-general, as the sun to the lower world, with healing under his wings. Though the Pharisees persecuted Christ for doing good, yet he went on in it, and did not let the people fare the worse for the wickedness of their rulers. Note, Though some are unkind to us, we must not on that account be unkind to others.
May all of us be described as hearty and zealous for Jesus! All will be received who trust in this Physician-general!