I have recently heard a couple of sermons on how Jesus' cures were temporary- whether it was a lame leg, blind eyes, or a dead body, these people all ended up dying. Jesus' miracles were a foretaste of what was to come, never meant to be permanent.
I've said many times, God is about the big picture. So let's look at Lazarus. He was dead- and for at least four days. Is there a greater miracle Jesus could have done for him than bring him back to life? But notice the scenario. Jesus commanded the mourners to roll away the rock blocking his tomb. He prayed; but for their own benefit:
Joh 11:42 And I know that You hear Me always, but because of the people who stand by I said it, so that they may believe that You have sent Me.
1- The believers had to take the first step. A given in any situation.
2- Once raised- once he had received the GREATEST miracle Jesus could give a mortal man- he still needed the help of others.
3-Lazarus was brought back to a mortal life. He could not remove the burial wraps himself. Remember when Jesus rose?
Joh 20:5 And stooping down he saw the linens lying, yet he did not go in.
Joh 20:6 Then Simon Peter came following him and went into the tomb. And he saw the linens lying there.
Joh 20:7 And the grave-cloth that was on His head was not lying with the linens, but was wrapped up in one place by itself.
Mat 27:52 and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep arose,
Mat 27:53 and coming out of the tomb after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
So there is a big difference between the GREATEST fleshly miracle that can be done for a man, and the SPIRITUAL miracle which Jesus did for ALL men. Even a dead man can raise one from the dead:
2Ki 13:21 And it happened as they were burying a man, behold, they spied a band. And they threw the man into the grave of Elisha. And the man went down and touched the bones of Elisha, and revived and stood up on his feet.
My blog friend Shirley posted recently being questioned about what the Gospel is:
I was asked recently, “What do you think the Gospel is?””
I responded that it is what Jesus said: the Gospel is what He preached. ...
Then the question was, “But what about healings and the speaking in tongues? That’s part of the Gospel, isn’t it? Why don’t we believe in healings anymore? That’s why the church is in such trouble it’s in.”
Well, here's the thing. The healings, the speaking in tongues, they are all well and good in that they edify, they bring some to faith- or greater faith. But just like Lazarus, they depend on the faithful to take part- to get the ball, er, rock rolling at the beginning, and to follow through at the end. The greater miracle is the resurrection, the bringing by Christ of all of us into the next phase.
The Church isn't "in trouble" because "we don't believe in healings anymore"; we are in trouble because we waste our prayers on politicians, earthly causes, battles here on earth. How we pray, where we attend mass, what to write on our protest sign when we go stand on the sidewalk of an abortion clinic. We are in trouble because we are praying for the body... and not for the soul. Even the greatest cure is a temporary thing.