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The Healing Powers Of Jesus

God Said
Exodus 15:26

You have taken the first step in your healing by coming here. This is your day of Resurection and healing. God walked upon the earth taking upon Himself all sickness and disease, took it to the cross and crucified it. He died, along with sickness and disease, and three days later rose again, freeing us from the law of sin and death. By God's great goodness and mercy, "You are healed by His stripes". Cleansed by His blood.

Jesus healed all that came to him. Jesus brought hope to the mind, healing to the body, peace and joy to the soul...and love and acceptance as our heart's greatest need. He has fulfilled all of our human needs for total health and healing. His grace and mercy are as real today as they were two thousand years ago.

"God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the (Holy) Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, healing all who were harrassed and oppressed by (the power of) the devil, for God was with Him."

Jesus healed the sick, cured all disease, drove out demons, opened blind eyes, healed the broken hearted, walked on the water, turned water into wine and raised the dead. Having done all those things and more he said plainly that others would do them too and go on to do greater things as well.

'Truly, truly I tell you, anyone who believes in me, the things that I do, he will do also, and he will do greater things than these because I am going to my Father' (John 14:12).

"Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). Just as God provided healing in the times of the Old Testament (covenant), He provided healing in the time of the New Testament (covenant) through Jesus. And now that Jesus is not with us physically and sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, He still provides healing through His church body of believers, to whom He gave His authority and power to heal through the Holy Spirit. Jesus said we were to go and "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out devils (demons). "Freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8).

Sickness and diseases have been around since the fall of Adam and Eve. Because of their sin (disobedience) to God (read Genesis 2:16-17 and 3:1-19) and through temptation through Satan (the serpent), which is also our enemy today, spiritual separation from God, sickness, diseases and death entered into the world. God said that all things pertaining to life and Godliness are given to us through the knowledge of Him (God's Word). My fellow believers, what a profound statement God our Creator has said to us! The problems we face in life, whether it is sickness, deliverance, emotional or financial chaos, etc., are a way of life for man. The answer has always been God.

God has not changed or forsaken us. It is HUMANS who have drifted far from God and the teachings of His Word. For God has told us that "My people (believers in Christ) are destroyed for the lack of knowledge". But Jesus said, "I come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly". Living a life of holiness and trusting in God's ways allows God to give us His best. On the other hand, God has said that Satan/demons comes to steal, kill and destroy. Satan has a mission to rob you of all God wants you to have and to rob the glory that is due God. Satan/demons, sin/disobedience, sickness/disease are real in the world today. God has placed a hedge of protection around His people/believers (Job 1:10). Do we dare to step out from under that hedge to be devoured by our enemies and the world's system? Or do we let God's way be our way, and have the abundant life that was promised to all who trust in the Father through His Son?

God's earnest desire is for all human beings to live an abundant life in perfect health. This attitude is reflected in the words of the apostle John: "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (III John 2). The Bible refers to health as a positive standard metaphor with which other things are likened "the tongue of the wise" in Proverbs 12:18; "a faithful ambassador" in Proverbs 13:17; "pleasant words" in Proverbs 16:24). To this end, the Bible gives basic principles of health which, coupled with common sense, experience and modern knowledge, would prevent many of the health problems plaguing modern man.

Physical sickness and illness can be caused by different factors. At times it is the general result of violating the principles of health, or perhaps the direct result of a person's own sin (Matthew 9:1-7; John 5:14). At other times sin is not involved; and the illness or infirmity is inherited (John 9:2) or the result of injury or accident (Luke 13:1-5).

Whenever sin is involved, healing includes the forgiveness of that sin (Matthew 9:1-7). The final statement in James 5:14 illustrates the point, "And if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." The construction used (the Greek particle kan with the subjunctive) expresses uncertainty and doubt. The person may have sinned; on the other hand, he may not have sinned. If the individual is only ill, he shall be healed. But if he has also sinned, his sins shall be forgiven as well.

In John 9 Jesus confirms that physical debilities are not necessarily caused by sin. The relevant points for our purpose are contained in the first few verses: And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him (verses 1-3).

God has designed the human body to function in good health for the full span of one's allotted years. Unfortunately, mankind has so polluted the environment and human beings so often ignore the basic rudiments of health that imbalances occur, with sickness and disease the natural result.

By both their quality and quantity, they demonstrate the enormous importance that the New Testament places on the healing miracles of Jesus Christ. The leper, Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-16; the paralytic, Matthew 9:108, Mark 2:1012, Luke 5:17-26; the multitudes, Matthew 4:24,25, Mark 3:7-13, Luke 6:17-19; the centurion, Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10; Peter's mother-in-law, Matthew 8:14,15, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38,39; Jairus' daughter, Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56; blind men, Matthew 9:27-31, 20:30-34, Mark 10:46-56, Luke 18:35-43; the Canaanite woman, Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30; the deaf-mute, Mark 8:22-25; the blind man at Bethesda, Mark 8:22-25; the 10 lepers, Luke 17:11-19; Sabbath healings, Matthew 12:10-13, Luke 13:10-17, 13:1-6; the official's sick son, John 4:46-54; the restored ear, Luke 22:50,51.

Understanding the significance of all these healing's is essential to salvation since they are a direct verification that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ. Healing was one of the foundational signs that God employed to demonstrate the power and to ratify the office of His Son (Matthew 8:16,17, 11:2-6). Healing was also a fundamental part of the work of Jesus Christ on earth, and of this there can be no doubt. Jesus' primary object in performing the numerous healing's that He did throughout His ministry, as it would be recorded in the New Testament for all peoples and for all times, was to give an absolutely certain, physically verifiable demonstration of His spiritual power.

"And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people. So His fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniac, epileptics, and paralytics, and He healed them (Matthew 4:23,24).

Jesus' healings were spectacular; no one ever doubted when the crippled walked, the maimed were made whole, the blind saw, the deaf heard. And great crowds came to Him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his fee, and he healed them, so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel (Matthew 15:30,31).

Healings were the clearest demonstration of God's power in Jesus Christ, which could literally flow from Him (Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; 8:46). Indeed, Jesus' healing's represented to the world the absolute power that God had given Him over the world. Healing likewise corroborated Jesus' power over Satan and his demons (Mark 3:15; Acts 10:38).

The most important aspect of Jesus' spiritual power that His healing demonstrated to the world was His power to forgive sin, and, ultimately, to resurrect the body from the dead. As noted, the word used in Mark 5:23 to indicate Jesus' physical healing of Jairus' daughter (sozo) is the same word used in about one hundred passages to represent spiritual salvation. Jesus' ability to efficaciously heal in the flesh proved His equal ability to assuredly grant salvation in the spirit, thus showing the profound relationship between Jesus' healing's and salvation.

Healing, then, is in essence the physical representation of the spiritual cleansing, restitutory and regenerative power of God through the person of Jesus Christ. The healing of the physical body, radically and miraculously altering it from a state of sickness to a state of health, symbolizes what God can do through Christ to our minds, hearts and spirits. Our sins are forgiven, our minds are changed, our hearts are made pure and our spirits are made whole. The process is supernatural and immediate; just as Jesus could heal the sick and make the lame whole before men, so can Christ cleanse our minds and make our spiritual lives righteous before God.

Though healing was a vitally important aspect of Jesus' ministry for what it spiritually represented, Jesus' personal motivation for healing was more simply human. He empathized deeply with the human misery and suffering that illness and injury brought, and consequently did what He could to ease the misery and alleviate the suffering. Jesus was "moved with compassion" (Matthew 14:14) toward people who were sick; He "pitied them" (Living Bible) and "felt deep sympathy" (Modern Language Bible) for them. So, notwithstanding all the other reasons, Jesus healed because He loved people.

Jesus responded positively to people's faith in Him. Jesus emphasized that He healed according to an individuals faith. It is a person's faith in Jesus Christ, then, that is a critical and necessary element--in healing, in the forgiveness of sin, in conversion, and ultimately, in the resurrection from the dead.

Jesus began his public ministry by standing up in the synagogue at Nazareth and reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. These were the words he read: 'The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour' (Luke 4:18,19).

Jesus endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have bore. Because of our sins He was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment He suffered, made whole by the blows He received (Isaiah 53:4,5, Today's English Version). Or, in more familiar words, "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed."

God would heal more people, if more people had more faith to be healed. One of the biggest factors that blocks a person from receiving more faith is his own erroneous belief that he already had enough faith when he does not. As previously stated, it is not enough to "think" or "hope" that one has the proper faith, or "wish" that he had it. One reason people are not healed is because they do not have the appropriate faith. This does not mean they should pretend to have this faith. For a person not to acknowledge his lack of faith in this area would be folly.

In quoting this very passage, Peter states, "Christ himself carried our sins in His body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed" (I Peter 2:24, TEV), KJV).

God has healed; God does heal; God shall heal. There are no limitations on God's ability to heal any and all sickness and bodily defects--supernaturally, miraculously, completely. But God only heals by faith, and through the forgiveness of sins. Forgiving every one who ever hurt you. It doesn't matter what they did to you, God can only heal you if you forgive them, so He can forgive you. James wrote that "faith without works is dead." This applies to all aspects of the Christian life. "According to your faith it will be done for you."

To Jesus, the gift of healing was not merely a catchy way to draw large crowds. Nor was it a gift He gave freely without the sharing of His divine message and teachings. Healing was a vital part of His ministry. He always shared with the crowds the message of the Kingdom of God. "The time is fulfilled, and the King of God is at hand: Repent ye, and believe the gospel". John the Baptist preached the same news. The Kingdom of God had come to earth through Christ. John pleaded with the people to repent to that they could become a part of the Kingdom of God. Entering the Kingdom of God means battling the Kingdom of Satan and his demons. Jesus taught:

"But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house." (Matthew 12:28-29)

"I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven". (Matthew 16:18-19) You must bind sickness here on earth before healing can be loosed in heaven. You must say, "No sickness you cannot come upon me>"

An important part of battling the kingdom of Satan is forgiveness and victory over sin. John wrote, "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil" (I John 3:8). Sin, disease and death came into the world through Satan with the Fall. They are the tools used by Satan to oppress God's people. The devil hates what God loves, and he purposes to keep us in bondage. When Jesus came to earth, Satan already had the world bound by sin, disease and death. Jesus came to set the captives free. Jesus taught of this freedom when He spoke at the temple from Isaiah:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has annointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord". (Luke 4:18)

There are many reason why Jesus chose to heal. He was showing His power over Satan so that people would hear His message, repent and be saved. Also, because he had love and compassion for people who were held in that bondage. Jesus' main desire was that everyone should become children of God.

Jesus divided His disciples into six two-man teams. Their ministry was to follow the Master's example to preach, teach, heal and deliver. Jesus' commands are found in the following verses:

"And as ye go, preach, saying, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:7-8)

God doesn't heal us so we can sit around watching T.V., drinking pop and eating popcorn all day. He heals us for service. He heals us so we can go out and preach the good news of the Gospel and to heal the sick and oppressed.

"And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them" (Mark 6:12-13)

"Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick" (Luke 9:1-2)

When they returned, they quickly reported to Jesus, "Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name" (Luke 10:17). But Jesus knew that His coming to earth had advanced the Kingdom of God, and told them, "In this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven" (Luke 10:20). He had told them, beheld Satan as lightning fall from Heaven" (Luke 10:18).He was speaking of Satan's fall from Heaven, and his defeat at Christ's return, and to the final victory at the spreading of the Gospel.

Jesus said in Luke 10:19, hold I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you". He was not referring to literal snakes and scorpions, but to the demonic powers of Satan and his kingdom. In the Great Commission, Jesus told His disciples to teach all nations "to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:20).He sent them then, so He sends us today.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My Name, I will do it; if ye love me, keep My commandments" (John 14:12-15).

Christ's message and His love and compassion have not changed Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever", Hebrews 13:8). Just as Jesus had compassion for the suffering and healing of others, we must do likewise.

Physical healing along with spiritual healing was provided at the cross. Isaiah 53:4-5 tells us "Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes you are healed".

Matthew saw it fulfilled in the healing of physical illnesses. Jesus died to deliver us from sin and all its consequences, including disease and death. He provided holiness for us in this life and resurrection and glory in the life to come. Although He continues to heal many today, some are healed completely when they reach Heaven, where there is no sickness, disease, sorrow or pain.

Faith Is Mandatory

In all cases of healing, deliverance and other miracles, whether it is the faith of the one praying (friends, family, community of believers) or the faith of the one being prayed for, faith is the requirement that was honored in bringing about the healing from God. Before we look at the healing's that were done by faith in Jesus' day, we need to understand what real faith is. Where does it come from? How do we get more or increase the faith we already have? And what does faith accomplish?

1. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1-3). Faith is not positive thinking for wishing things to happen. It is a spiritual, invisible source in God.
2-A. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). Faith comes from God to us through His Word. As we learn and meditate on His Word, the Word establishes itself in our spirits. We learn more and trust God at His Word. As we daily exercise our faith, it will grow. 2-B. "Jesus answering, saith unto them (us), Have faith in God" (Mark 11:22-26). Having faith in God to trust and believe what He has said, promised, or commands us to do, and to stand fast, not doubting, the invisible -- regardless of what the visible circumstances may be.
33. "But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6).

So we see that faith accomplishes and pleases God, and He rewards those who hear His Word, believe it with all their heart, and trust Him at His Word. Real genuine faith pleases God and He moves on our behalf for His peole. Now let's look at the scriptures regarding faith in action! "And Jesus said unto them, ... verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to younder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting" (Matthew 17:20-21).

"Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matthew 21:21-22). "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23). "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:23-24).

"And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you" (Luke 17:6). "But when he(Peter)saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt" (Matthew 14:30-31). "But Jesus turned him about, and when He saw her, He said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole" (Matthew 9:22). "And He said unto her, "Daughter, thy faith has made thee whole; go in peace and be whole of thy plague" (Mark 5:34). "And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way" (Mark 10:52).

"The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked" (Acts 14:9-10). "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" (Matthew 15:28). "And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour" (Matthew 8:13) "When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee .... I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house" (Mark 2:5,11).

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV)

Jesus taught that it was not the amount of their faith that brought healing, but it was their faith in a big God and trusting in His Word -- believing that He would take care of their most intimate needs. God did not send Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our sins only -- He is concerned with every area of our lives.

Some healings are brought about through prayer. Some healing's are brought about through the gifts of the Spirit. And many sicknesses and diseases are healed through deliverance. Whatever type of healing you are in need of (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual), we pray that the Lord will grant your request and bring total wholeness into your life FOR HIS GLORY! In the Name of Jesus!

Our Greatest Enemy To Health and Happiness is (Words of Jesus) "The thief (satan) cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10 (KJV)

It pays to stay in the Word. In order to heal you must get your eyes off the problem and onto God. Without knowing the Word, when sickness overtakes you, you'll not have the Words of Wisdom, nor the faith required to make manifest the healing powers of Jesus.

If you are seeking any type of healing, please remember that we would love to come in agreement with your prayer. Please e-mail your needs.

Sarah Anderson

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