“And Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord”
The phrase ‘healing is the children’s bread’ is a popular one, but largely misunderstood. We see Jesus heal people who were definitely not close enough to be called ‘children.’ Jesus healed a lot of people who did not believe he was the Christ. In fact, in Luke 22:49-51, Jesus healed a guard who was trying to arrest him.
To fully understand this, let’s look at Matt 15:21-26: “Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”
Notice the use of the phrase “lost sheep of Israel.” So even the Israelites to whom Jesus was referring were lost. He was not healing them because they were good, but because at that stage, his ministry was restricted to the Jews. Of course the situation is different today. But as at the time this was happening, God was only the God of the Jews. By this I mean that God had only even led Himself to the Israelites extension the Jewish nation that He would be their God and they would be his people. And so it was that until Jesus died and resurrected, only the Jews could have a relationship with God. That is not the case today, Jesus’ sacrifice has broken the wall of partition and as such, everyone who believes in Jesus has a relationship with God.
That is so powerful, but back to our discussion of the day. Jesus still healed that woman’s child. He still dealt with her according to her faith. “Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour” (Mat 15:28). Child of God, don’t disqualify yourself for a healing because you feel you’re not good enough. Jesus healed his enemies, why won’t he heal you? Don’t stop believing for a healing for that family member because he or she is not saved. You can trust God for their healing as you continue to preach the gospel to them. Don’t be ashamed to lay your hands on the sick and declare them healed. It is always God’s will to heal.