I’ve been coughing for about two weeks. Cough drops, cough syrup, Nyquil and hot coffee have been my cures. Over the past week, a question has kept sneaking into my head. Is there any reference in the Gospels of Jesus having a cold? Did Jesus ever get sick? I know he was fully human, which means he walked, slept, ate, drank, needed a bath and had to go to the bathroom, but did he ever experience a sickness or physical injury.
I have looked over and over in the New Testament for an example of Jesus getting a stubbed toe or a hangnail; nothing. I have looked for Jesus needing to sit out for a while because he pulled a hamstring or had a cut on his foot; nada. No reference to Jesus sneezing, coughing, or needing a hankie.
I know Jesus suffered the torture of the crucifixion and the horrific beating of the Romans, but before that did he ever have a broken finger or strained muscle? Did he get headaches or an upset stomach? Did he ever get a sinus infection or have a raspy voice from preaching too much? Was there times during his carpenter years when he couldn’t go out on the job site because he was up all night coughing up a lung (an experience I have become very familiar with the last couple weeks)?
Just a question I am thinking about. One of those questions I will probably ask when I get to heaven. Not as deep as other questions I have, but one that has been on my mind as I have been popping Halls like they are candy.