HE HEALS OUR DISEASES

Matt.8:16,17 – When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

Everywhere Jesus went while He was on earth He healed the sick. Obviously He hated sickness which is really the first throes of death that effects our mortal bodies. The work of Jesus on the cross will ultimately destroy sickness and disease for all time. In today’s verse Matthew quotes from Isaiah’s famous prophesy about the death of Christ on the cross and connects it to healing for our bodies. In this verse Matthew also connects Isaiah’s prophesy about healing to the healing ministry of Jesus on earth. The good news for us today is that Jesus hasn’t changed. He stills hates sickness and He is still healing the sick. Obviously, in this age we will all get old, wear out, and finally die. In the meantime He is still healing our mortal bodies just like He did when He was here on earth. One day we will see Him and all sickness will be done for all time. In the meantime He is still touching and healing the sick. Here is a quote from the Fire Bible on today’s verses.

“Through the life and sacrifice of his Son, Jesus, God provides freedom, restoration and other benefits that far exceed the pain, destruction and other consequences of humankind’s sin and rebellion against God. For sin, God provides forgiveness; for death, God provides resurrection and eternal life; and for sickness, God provides healing. For this reason, Jesus’ ministry while he was on earth focused on three areas: (a) teaching God’s Word, (b) preaching about the opportunity to turn from our own sinful way, entrust our lives to Christ and follow God’s plan (which deals with the sin problem) and the benefits of God’s kingdom (which restore the life purposes God intended for us) and (c) healing every kind of sickness and disease among the people.”

Directly or indirectly the sinfulness of man is connected to disease. That’s why Matthew said that Jesus carried our sicknesses and bore our infirmities. The same wounds that bring us forgiveness for sin bring healing for our bodies. If you are struggling with sin or sickness just look to the cross. He carried away our sins and by His wounds we are healed.

THE LAND OF THE LIVING

John 5:24 ¶ “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

The miracles of Jesus give us a glimpse into the eternal world. In John 5 Jesus healed a man who had apparently been lame for 38 years. His sickness had caused him to live a life of misery. I guess you could say he lived in the world of death. As Jesus began to share His word after the miracle something becomes amazingly clear, sickness is part of the curse of death on mankind. Jesus came to give us life. The lame man tasted the edge of the resurrection life in his miracle. This life was made very clear when Jesus conquered sickness and death once and for all at His resurrection. All of His followers will experience that resurrection at His coming. In Jesus’ ministry we see glimpses of His Resurrection power. Today, that power is being poured out on all the earth. Here is how Adam Clarke described the implications of this miracle in the words of Jesus.

“Death is the country where every Christ-less soul lives. The man who knows not God lives a dying life, or a living death; but he who believes in the Son of God passes over from the empire of death, to the empire of life. Reader! thou wast born in death: hast thou yet changed the place of thy natural residence? Remember that to live in sin is to live in death; and those who live and die thus shall die eternally.”

When we believe the Words of the Lord we are translated from the world of death into the world of life. We no longer live in the country that was so familiar to us in the past. The life of God has entered into us we and we have joined the land of the living. As you walk in this new life don’t be surprised if miracles and healings follow after you. This is just a confirmation that the new world has already begun. Sickness is only the results of death. Healing is a glimpse into Resurrection life. Today, as you read His word, listen carefully for His voice. His voice brings us into the land of the living.

STEP ON IN

John 5:2-4 – Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.

I love to see the collision of the natural world and the spiritual world. That’s what we see at the Pool of Bethesda. As rumor had it, sporadically an angel would stir the waters by the sheep gate and the first sick person who stepped in after this stirring would be healed. As a result, there was always a crowd of miserable people camped out by the pool. So in order to receive a miracle this way, you had to believe it (or you wouldn’t be there in the first place) and you had to be first in when the waters began to swirl. I’m sure there were many people in those days who didn’t believe in the angel water. Just like today, something is going on at that place on Airline Highway in New Orleans, but many wouldn’t dare be seen in those swirling Pentecostal waters. Nevertheless, the spiritual world is still invading and colliding with the natural world. Only those who believe it, wait on the Lord, and step on in, and are able to receive their miracle. Here is how Matthew Henry described the Pool of Bethesda.

“A miraculous limitation of the virtue as to the persons cured: He that first stepped in had the benefit; that is, he or they that stepped in immediately were cured, not those that lingered and came in afterwards. This teaches us to observe and improve our opportunities, and to look about us, that we slip not a season which may never return. The angel stirred the waters, but left the diseased to themselves to get in. God has put virtue into the scriptures and ordinances, for he would have healed us; but, if we do not make a due improvement of them, it is our own fault, we would not be healed.”

Today, the Spirit of God is being poured out continually, we don’t have to wait on an angel. Jesus is standing by the pool, the gathering of His believers, asking the age old question, “Do you want to be made whole?” If so, just step on in and leave the rest to the Lord.

THE SPIRIT WHO HEALS

Lk.6:19 – And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.

The healing power of Jesus reminds me of one of the last Old Testament prophecies, Mal.4:2 – “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings;”

The healing rays of His anointing are like the rays of the sun, they are everywhere and effect everyone. During His earthly ministry His anointing flowed out from Him and healed all who came to Him. Today His power hasn’t diminished, if anything it is increasing. This anointing shines out from Him like the beams of the sun touching and healing all who come in faith. Here is a powerful statement from a Catholic charismatic, Raniero Cantalamessa, on the healing power of His anointing.

“This power, which is the Holy Spirit, still now comes out of Jesus. Now that He is resurrected and is “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness”, that power comes forth from Him even more truly and more powerfully, if we can say that, than when He walked the earth. This power heals everybody. This is the decisive point we need to understand and to believe right now. We should say, as Jesus did in the synagogue at Nazareth, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled!”. The Holy Spirit does not have problems with numbers. A human doctor in front of a crowd of people with many and varied ailments would throw up his arms and say he was unable to heal everybody. But not the Holy Spirit. Just as the sun can bring light to one person or to a billion people, so too the Holy Spirit can do the same in the spiritual realm.”

Do you believe this is true? The healing power of the Holy Spirit is unlimited. He is everywhere and moving in the power of healing to all who come to Him in faith. He is literally being poured out on all mankind in these last days. Are you in need of a healing miracle? Step into His anointing. If you are having trouble receiving get into an atmosphere where His Spirit is welcomed and moving. Allow believers to pray for you. You too can experience the healing power of His anointing.

JESUS HEALS

Matt.8:3 – And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

 

The healing power of Jesus is just as real today as it was the day the leper reached out to the Lord. Leprosy had taken away this man’s money, his family, and his hope. If something didn’t happen soon it would take his life. Maybe he had heard about the miracles of Jesus. He concluded Jesus had the power to heal, the only nagging question; would he heal him? Any fear of rejection gave way to his desperation. Sometimes desperation comes really close to faith. He bowed down in worship before the Lord, “I know you can, I’m just not sure you will heal me”. That was it, Jesus reached out his hand and his skin was cleansed. The leprosy was gone. Maybe you have questions today, “He did it for others, would He do it for me?” Why don’t you ask Him for yourself, He may just give you an answer. Here is how Spurgeon describes this scene.

 

 

“Anyone else would have been defiled by touching a leper; but the healing power in Jesus repelled pollution. He touches us by the finger of his humanity, but he is not thereby defiled. His touch proves his condescension, his sympathy, his fellowship. It was no accidental touch: “Jesus put forth his hand. ” Our Lord has come to us by his own act and effort: he was determined to come to us in all our loathsomeness and pollution. After the touch came the word: “I will. ” One has well observed that Jesus never says, “I will not.” He wills, whether ether we will or not. “Be thou clean ” was the royal word of one conscious of abundant power.

What a work, to cleanse a leper! Yet it is easy enough to our King, seeing he is divine: else unbelief would be most reasonable.

With what pleasure Jesus spake! With what joy the leper heard! With what curiosity the bystanders looked on! They had not to wait: the miracle followed the word without a moment’s delay. The cure was instantaneous.”

 

 

It’s one thing to believe miracles happened somewhere else and in some other place. The shocking good news, He is here now and His miracle power hasn’t diminished. Today He just might be reaching out His hand to you.

WHO TOUCHED ME ?

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Mark 5:30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?”

Miracles seemed to be in the air when Jesus came to town. Many times the people would line the streets with the injured and diseased when Jesus came through their town or village. Many would just touch the edge of His robe and experience the miracle power of the Lord. The blind, the deaf and mute, the paralyzed, and the lepers were healed by coming into contact with Jesus. Today, the same power is available through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The anointing that was on Jesus in His earthly ministry is now on His followers. Staying filled with the Spirit is critical if we want to see God’s miracle power heal the hurting in our world today. Here are some thoughts from the Fire Bible on the availability of the power of God.

“The Gospels often speak of the sick touching Jesus or of Jesus touching the sick. It was the contact and presence of Jesus that mattered. Because of his intimate relationship with God his Father and his complete dependence on the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ entire being was saturated with God’s miraculous power. This power is available to heal us because Christ sympathizes with our weaknesses and is our source of life and grace. Our responsibility in receiving healing is simply to stay in a close relationship with Christ, to ask him to meet our needs and to rely on him to do what is best for us. The same power that Jesus showed is also available to work miracles through his followers. As long as we remain in a deep personal relationship with God and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, we too can be used by God to bring physical healing to suffering individuals.”

I love this story and especially love what Jesus said to the woman after she was healed. He told her that more than physical healing had happened that day. The impartation she received when she touched Jesus had made her whole. Not only can we be healed by the power of God but we can receive spiritual wholeness by just one touch. Go ahead and reach out to him, just one touch of His glory and you will never be the same.

Healed by the Faith of the Son of God

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Matt. 15:29-31 ¶ Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.

Sickness often leaves us in a hopeless state. Even with the modern medical care we have today being sick can be quite miserable. The doctors can diagnose and treat but only the Lord can heal and bring about recovery. In today’s passage we see many hopeless, suffering individuals healed by the faith of the Son of God. He is still healing today and His faith is readily available to us. Where can I experience this supernatural faith? It comes when we draw near to the Lord. He may not be here physically but He is here in the written word and in the person of the Holy Spirit. You get close to Him and His faith will activate in you. It’s in that place that healing and recovery will come. Here are some powerful words from Matthew Henry on this passage

“Here were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, brought to Christ. See what work sin has made! It has turned the world into a hospital: what various diseases are human bodies subject to! See what work the Savior makes! He conquers those hosts of enemies to mankind… He sent his word, and healed them. All diseases are at the command of Christ, to go and come as he bids them. This is an instance of Christ’s power, which may comfort us in all our weaknesses; and of his pity, which may comfort us in all our miseries. They wondered, and well they might. Christ’s works should be our wonder. It is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous. The spiritual cures that Christ works are wonderful. When blind souls are made to see by faith, the dumb to speak in prayer, the lame to walk in holy obedience, it is to be wondered at.”

So go ahead and push in a little closer to Jesus. You can even reach out and touch Him by faith. Your misery will soon begin to leave and your time of recovery will begin. Jesus is still healing every kind of sickness and physical condition. Why not you; why not today?

THE GREAT PHYSICIAN

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If thou wilt diligently hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, . . . and wilt keep all his statutes —Exodus 15:26

Atmosphere is critical when it comes to physical as well as emotional healing. Living in a toxic environment is deadly. We obviously realize if someone is praying for healing from lung cancer it would be a pretty good idea to stop smoking. Just as cigarettes are toxic to our physical health there are toxic spiritual atmospheres that must be avoided. Placing yourself in a spiritual environment is critical to receive ministry from the Lord. The Holy Spirit is actually the atmosphere of heaven. In heaven we will be living in Him, breathing in and feeding on the Presence of the Lord. There will be no sorrow, pain, or sickness. Our lives will be completely whole as we live in the atmosphere of life. In this world, we can taste the edge of His great healing ministry. Jesus is the Great Physician and He wants to attend to us in our infirmities right here and right now. Here is how A.B. Simpson describes this incredible doctor.

“Sometimes people fall because they lack confidence in the Physician. The very first requirement for your healing is that you trust the Physician, and trust Him implicitly-so implicitly that you go forward on His bare word and act as if you had received His healing the moment you claimed His promise. You must also do what the Great Physician tells you, if you expect Him to make you whole. The pills prescribed by your doctor would do you no good if left on the cupboard shelf. You cannot expect to be healed if you are living in sin, any more than you could expect the best physician to cure you while you lived in a malarial climate or inhaled poison with every breath. So you must move from doubt into the pure air of trust and obedience before Christ can make you whole. And then if you will trust Him and respond to His directions, you will find that there is balm in Gilead and a Great Physician there.”
Everywhere Jesus goes there is healing and life. Submit to His heavenly ministry as the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit. There is a healing river that flows out of Him. Stay immersed in the River of God. Bath yourself in His written word. As you get under His influence healing is the sure result.

HEALING POWER OF LOVE

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Mark 10:46 ¶ Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.

Bartimaeus had felt alone for a long time. Blindness can do that to you, never seeing anyone else, it becomes just you and the darkness. Depression and sickness can do the same thing to us, we have been overwhelmed by our circumstances for so long that we feel alone. We feel like no one understands, and even worse, no one even cares. That all changed for Bartimaeus in a moment of time. Jesus called for him; in an instant he stepped into something he had never felt before, it was the powerful love of God. Bartimaeus had never felt loved like this, he knew in that moment his life was about to change. Jonathan Edwards describes the love of God in his sermon about heaven, listen to these powerful words.

“Here is joy unspeakable indeed; here is humble, holy, divine joy in its perfection. Love is a sweet principle, especially divine love. It is a spring of sweetness. But here the spring shall become a river, and an ocean. All shall stand about the God of glory, the fountain of love, as it were opening their bosoms to be filled with those effusions of love which are poured forth from thence, as the flowers on the earth in a pleasant “spring day open their bosoms to the sun to be filled with his warmth and light, and to flourish in beauty and fragrancy by his rays.”
That’s what it was like for Bartimaeus that day, he found himself standing in front of this fountain of love. He felt his heart opening up, it had been closed for so long, the love of God was now pouring into his open heart. He found his heart stepping out of the darkness of depression, a new kind of light was flooding his soul. That’s when it happened, his physical eyes began to open, he could see. What did he see? He was gazing into the source of this love, the beautiful face of Jesus, the only begotten Son of God. Love had broken through; his heart was healed and now his eyes were healed. Now here is the best part of this story, you too are standing before this fountain of love. As you draw closer, you will hear Him calling your name. Before you know it, you too will be healed, basking in the Father’s love.

HELPLESS

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Mark 2:3,4 – And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.

I love the miracles of Jesus. We catch glimpses of His glory when we look again at His marvelous works. Today’s verse speaks about the paralyzed man who was carried by four friends to see Jesus. There were too many people crowding around Jesus but these four friends would not be denied. Their friend needed to see Jesus. What could they do? Why, climb onto the roof and tear a hole in it. Of course, this was the only way and they were going to take their chance. Maybe you know someone that needs Jesus. Whatever their problem; cancer, paralysis, alcoholism, sexual addiction; financial or marital woes, the answer is the same. Bring them to Jesus. Find a way, no obstacle should be too great. Here are some comments from Matthew Henry on today’s text.

“The faith of his friends in bringing him to Christ. His distemper was such, that he could not come to Christ himself, but as he was carried. Even the halt and the lame may be brought to Christ, and they shall not be rejected by him….It was his misery, that he needed to be so carried, and bespeaks the calamitous state of human life; it was their charity, who did so carry him, and bespeaks the compassion that it is justly expected should be in the children of men toward their fellow-creatures in distress, because we know not how soon the distress may be our own. These kind relations or neighbors thought, if they could but carry this poor man once to Christ, they should not need to carry him any more; and therefore made hard shift to get him to him; and when they could not otherwise get to him, they uncovered the roof where he was.”
Maybe you need to come to Jesus. You know the condition of your soul, maybe your soul is paralyzed. It could be paralyzed by fear, or paralyzed by sickness, or paralyzed by pride or resentment or anger. It makes no difference, the answer is the same, find your way to His feet. Your sins will be forgiven and your life will be made whole.