Brother Mike’s Message
Jesus: The Great Physician
The four gospels record about 41 healings by Jesus: the deaf and dumb (Mark 7:31-37), demon possessed (Matthew 17:14-21), blind (Mark 8:22), lame (John 5:5-9), paralyzed (Mark 3:2-5), lepers (Luke 17:11-19), a woman with uncontrollable bleeding (Mark 5:25-34), He even raised the dead (John 11:43, 44). Even multitudes of people were healed of all kinds of diseases at one time (Matt. 15:30).
Basically, three things were involved in Jesus’ healing: First was His compassion. Jesus had compassion for “a great crowd and healed their sick” (Matt. 14:14), He had compassion for a widow and raised her son from the dead (Luke 7:13-15). Numerous times those who desired healing came crying to Jesus, “Have mercy on us” (see Matt. 20:30). In another related passage Jesus was “moved with pity” for a leper and healed him (Mark 1:40-41).
The second thing involved in the healing power of Jesus was faith. Jesus told His disciples if they had “faith like a grain of mustard seed” they could move mountains (Matt. 17:20). Jesus highly commended the faith of the centurion when He healed his servant (Matt. 8:5-13). He commended the faith of the four men who dug a hole in the roof lowering the paralytic into the room where Jesus was preaching (Mark 2:1-5). Jesus healed the blind men because of their faith (Matt. 9:27-30); the woman with uncontrollable bleeding believed so strongly in Jesus’ power to heal that she thought if she could only touch His garment she would be healed (Mark 5:25-34); the father of the demoniac boy cried “I believe; help my unbelief” and Jesus cast the demon out of the boy (Mark 9:14-27). Jesus also healed the leper because of his faith (Matt 8:1-4), and the Syrophoenician woman’s daughter because of the woman’s faith (Mark 7:24-30). Sometimes Jesus even required those to be healed to show their faith. He commanded the blind man to “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” (John 9:7), the lame man to “get up” (John 5:2-9), and to the ten lepers Jesus simply commanded, “Go and show yourselves to the priest. And as they went they were cleansed” (Luke 17:11-19).
A third thing that was involved in Jesus’ power to heal was prayer. In Mark’s account of casting the demon out of the boy, He told His disciples they could not cast out the demon because “this kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer” (Mark 9:14-29). At the raising of Lazarus “Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me” (John 11:41). Please join us Sunday!