Friday, February 28, 2014

The Healing Jesus

A few days ago, I invited you to come and sit at Jesus feet each morning as we learn about Him and from Him.  I think I would like to know just what kind of Man He was and is, I think I know but let's see how He treated the sick and that should help us understand His heart a bit more, don't you think.  Try to put yourself in the place of the sick person as we read these wonderful stories of healing.  I am just going to relate a few today, there are so many, maybe tomorrow a few more if God is willing.  I know God wants us to know what kind of a Son He has and these stories will tell us.

Matthew 8:2,3  "And behold a Leper came and worshiped Him, saying, If You are willing You can make me clean'. Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, 'I am willing be cleansed,'  Immediately his leprosy was cleansed."  In the Bible Leprosy was a hideous disease, and sometimes it is used to illustrate sin in our lives. Jesus' love went out to him in healing and he was blessed, I am sure that spiritual healing transpired too.

Matthew 8:5  "Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, 'Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented,' And Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him."

Matthew 8:14  "Now when Jesus had come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother lying sick with a fever.  So He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she arose and served them."

Matthew 8:16  "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."

Matthew 9:2  "Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed.  When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you.'  And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, 'This Man blasphemes!'  But Jesus, knowing their thoughts said, 'why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you' or to say, 'Arise and walk'?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins -- then He said to the paralytic 'Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."

Do you see how the paralytic man was healed of his sin and then his physical condition.  That story seems to tell me that spiritual healing is more important than physical healing.  Jesus knew what he needed most and He knows what we need most, doesn't He?  But he was rewarded for his faith by both spiritual and physical healing.  That's the love of Jesus, all these stories show how much He cares for humanity and still does. His love is overwhelming to me, how about you?  This is only just a few of His healings, there are many more.
It would be a good study to get into the Bible and find these healing stories, it encourages us and strengthens our faith in Him for the trials we go through.  Most of them you will find in Matthew, Mark and Luke, so why not study them and see the benefit they will bring to your hearts.  They really help me.  Grandma Joan

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