Jesus healed with a purpose, and He healed more than the physical condition.
The textual evidence throughout the New Testament is overwhelming that Jesus had great compassion on disabled and suffering people which often led to action. The evidence also shows Jesus had compassion on the universal human condition of sin and separation from God. One example of this compassion leading to action leading to reunion to God was when Jesus came across two blind men. Matthew records, “So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.” We could quickly rejoice over healing of two blind men and glance over the end result of formerly blind men becoming disciples of Jesus. I believe the overwhelming purposes of the this example, and all the others, was primarily to deal with the human condition of separation from God rather than those specific human’s condition of physical suffering.
God has given me a love for Kenyans and Kenya, but anyone walking through Kibera or similar places within the urban context of Kenya, in the remote context of Turkana, or even small village context on the edge of the metropolis of Nairobi would have compassion for the suffering. To meet people with several children living in a one room house without plumbing and yet they are so afraid to go out at night that they use bags for toilets and dispose of them in the morning can only bring compassion. To spend time with a woman that says her husband murdered her when he gave her HIV by taking more wives and then seeing her care for orphans as she cares for herself can only move a person with compassion. I believe the Bible shows Jesus helped people without the expectation of conversion, but I also believe His compassion is what compelled Him.
It is my belief that as image bearers of the Most High, we have compassion on those suffering around us. It is also my belief that we are fallen image bearers and sometimes we can misplace how we show compassion. My prayer is that we have the compassion of Jesus to help those that are suffering, but I also pray the end result will be dealing with the human condition of sin separating God’s creation from their Creator.