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Jesus Heals

By James L. Thornton

Introduction:

 DIVINE HEALING: (KJV)

 3 John 1. The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 

2. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 

The apostle John writing to a friend by the name of Gaius, What John is saying, "Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is."

The Bible speaks much about healing, in fact a great part of our Lord's ministry had to do with healing the sick and afflicted. He was touched in his innermost being by those who sought Him out for healing of their sicknesses. In like manner the scriptures teaches us to pray for healing, both for ourselves, and for others.

There is no answer to the question, "why aren't all healed?" it is beyond human explanation. But, there are ways to make yourself available to the grace of God's healing.

Take The Top Off The Rain Barrel.

When I was a small child I remember a barrel at the corner of the house that my mother caught water in to wash clothes with. The barrel had a top on it to keep the trash out when it was not raining. But when it rained she went out and took the top off so the water which ran off the house could get in the barrel. If she failed to take the top off, even though the water came down, it could not get in the barrel.

The same is true with God's grace to heal, it comes down from heaven like rain, so take the top off the rain barrel, and let God's healing come in.

We will be looking into the gospel of Mark for our lesson on how to make ourselves available to the healing virtue of God. We will discuss 9 instances of healing and the lessons we can gain from each.

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1. Know God’s Will

2. Be Willing To Be Carried

3. Obey To Absurdity

4. Overcome All Obstacles

5. Remove All Doubt

6. God Is No Respecter Of Persons

7. Don’t Take No For An Answer

8. If Your Healing Is Not Complete Go To Jesus Again

9. Don’t Lose Hope

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 1. KNOW GOD’S WILL:

Mark 1:40. And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 

Settle it in your mind that it is his will that you should be healed.

Luke 5:12, tells us that the diseased man was "full of leprosy." the disorder was fully developed; it had spread over his whole body. Leprosy was designed to be specially typical of the disease of sin. It was not, as supposed by many, contagious. It was in some cases hereditary. It was a living death. It was incurable by any human art or skill. It was the awful sign of sin reaching unto death. It was cured, as sin is cured, only by the mercy and favor of God. No wonder that our Lord specially displayed his power over this terrible disease.

This leper “kneeling down” spoke to Jesus, “if you will, you can make me clean.”

“If you will,..” He wasn't quite sure…he knew Jesus could--but would he?

“If you will--you can.” we know Jesus can, but will he?

The leper was saying the same thing. “I know you can, but, will you?”

Mark 1:41. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 

Notice Jesus stretched forth his hand and touched him. Jewish law forbade anyone touching a person who had leprosy. Jesus touched him, knowing that he could not be defiled with the touch. He touched him that he might heal him, and that his divine power of healing might be manifest. In like manner, through the incarnation, God touched the human race, that the power of sin might be broken.

Jesus is saying to you, “I will;”

2. BE WILLING TO BE CARRIED:

Mark 2:3. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. (KJV)

Be willing to be healed on the basis of someone else's faith.

Jesus is back in Capernaum and it was noised abroad that he was back. Straightway a great multitude was gathered together in and around the house where Jesus was, until there was no room to hold them. The house was full, the doorway was full, all entrances and all the exits were blocked.

Here was a man sick of palsy (paralytic, disabled). He was a man who could not help himself, and in no wise could make his way to where Jesus was. Four men brought him to where Jesus was and with much effort lowered him into the presence of Jesus.

Mark 2:4. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 

Let us notice the actions of these four men.

When they got to the house they could not get to where Jesus was because of the multitude. Determined not to abandon the possibility of getting the helpless man to Jesus, they uncovered the roof, “and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay”

Mark 2:5. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 

“When Jesus saw their faith…”

Mark 2:11. “I say unto thee, arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 

12. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, we never saw it on this fashion.” 

This man was healed on the faith of his companions.

Carry me on your faith until I can go on my own. 

Let us carry one another on our faith.

3. OBEY TO THE ABSURDITY:

Mark 3:3. “And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, stand forth.”

We have a part to play in our own healing..

It was the Sabbath day and Jesus was in the synagogue. There was a man with a withered hand also in there, and there were many other people there, many of them critical of Jesus wondering if He would heal on the Sabbath Day. Jesus did not disappoint them.

Jesus spoke directly to the afflicted man, “stand forth.” “Arise, stand up, and come here.” Can you imagine that? They were in the synagogue, and nobody walks around in the synagogue. It is a place of worship. The man with the withered hand was keeping still in his place. But Jesus said, "come here, stand by me."

I know that it is God's will for you to be healed because Jesus violated the Sabbath to heal this man. Jesus gave a command for the man to carry out.

“You, you with the withered hand, you, stretch it out.”

“What does he mean stretch it out?” “I’ve never stretched it out before.” “How can I?” “It’s withered.” But nevertheless at Jesus' command, “and he stretched it out.”

“Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out:” (Mark 3:5b)

Maybe it was difficult at first, maybe he had to struggle. But he was determined to obey, even if it killed him. “And his hand was restored whole as the other.” (Mark 3:5c) But, instead of killing him it healed him.

It was absurd to ask Naaman to dip seven times in the Jordan River. But he got his healing by doing the absurd. Remember Peter had fished all night and caught nothing yet Peter said, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” Jesus told a blind man to go wash in the Pool of Siloam after He had put mud on his eyes, he went, he washed, he saw. (John 9:7)

4. OVERCOME ALL OBSTACLES:

Mark 5:27. “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.”

Whatever your obstacles, work through them to get to Jesus.

Jesus had just arrived back in Capernaum, and no sooner than when he got off the boat, a very large crowd had gathered around him. In the crowd was a woman who had an issue of blood, and she had suffered much at the hands of many physicians. She had spent all that she had, and was not getting better, but worse. The woman, on hearing that Jesus was back, made her way down to where he was. But she could not get near Jesus because of the crowd.

In the crowd it was difficult for her to press through to where Jesus was. She believed if she could only get close enough to touch the hem of his garment she would be made whole. Overcoming all obstacles, she reached out through the press, of people and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, who touched my clothes? (Mark 5:28-30) 

“Who touched me?” “Someone special has touched me.” “I felt strength, power, virtue, go out of me.” “And he said unto her, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”  (Mark 5:34)

Make every effort to get to where Jesus is, and then make every effort to reach out and touch him for your healing. Believe in your mind and heart and you shall receive your healing. Sometimes God lets us reach the point of desperation. Jesus did not reprimand the woman for going to the doctors, but they had done all that they knew. All their knowledge and skill was not sufficient. She had to turn to Jesus, after twelve years of suffering. Sometimes this is the only way God can get us to turn to him.

5. REMOVE ALL DOUBT.

Mark 5:35. While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? 

To receive healing we need to get rid of the doubt. Put it away, out of your presence.

Jesus was on his way to the house of Jarius, a ruler of the synagogue, who had asked Him to come and heal his daughter. He had been interrupted and delayed by the woman with the issue of blood. Then the word came that the daughter was dead. “Don’t trouble the master.” but Jesus said, “be not afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)

When they reached the house they were all weeping over the girl. Jesus asks them, “Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but Sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.” (Mark 5:39-40) 

They laughed at him, Jesus put them out. He removed all doubt from the scene.

“And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.” These had learned the lessons of faith. When the doubt was removed from the room Jesus says, “Talitha Cumi; which is, being interpreted,  damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.” (Mark 5:41-42)

We must put from our minds anything that raises the uncertainty of our healing. The best way to do this is to read in our Bible the many cases of the healing virtues of God upon the people who put their trust in Him. Do not let Satan cast doubt in your mind that God will do the same for you.

6. REMEMBER GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.

Mark 7:25. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 

26. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. {Greek: or, Gentile} 

We should never miss an opportunity to seek him out, when he is nigh unto us, because he just might not pass that way again.

Jesus along with his disciples had passed out of Galilee into a heathen country, Syrophoenicia, near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. These cities were renowned for their extensive commerce and wealth, cities of gross slavery and very sinful and wicked practices. Two reasons why he went there, One was, that his disciples might be exposed to the sins of the world, and, two, that his miracles and doctrine might be imparted to the Gentiles. He desired that no one would notice him being there, but his fame had preceded him (Mark 3:8), and he could not travel without someone recognizing him.

This woman seems to have come from a distant place. She was a Gentile, and a descendant from those seven nations of Canaan which had been driven out by God's command. They were called "Canaanites" in the Old Testament. A people that were "far off," as reported by the apostle Paul. (Ephesians 2:13) She was not under the covenant, what right did she have to come and ask Jesus for anything? What led her to think of Jesus at all?

This Canaanitish woman had heard that this great healer had left the promise land and come to her land. She took advantage of this one opportunity, as blind Bartimaeus did later as Jesus was passing his way. She had heard of multitudes of cures he has performed, of wonderful cures--cures of demoniacs as well as those afflicted with diseases.

A motherly affection drove her to Jesus. 

She cried after him with a loud shrill cry to have mercy on her, and to heal her child. It was the pitiful sound of a mother calling out on behalf of, not only of her child, but for herself also.

Our lord makes at first as though he would refuse her request, and yet it was not an absolute denial. There might be hope for her when the children were filled. A lesson we learn from this woman, let us ever persevere in prayer.

7. DON'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER:

Matthew 15:23. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 

24. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 

25. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

Faith Triumphant, And Faith Rewarded.

Often the Lord seems silent now when we come to him in earnest prayer; there is no voice, no answer. But we must pray on; he surely is listening, for he hears every prayer. There are reasons, unknown to us, for his silence. But, he will answer in his own good time. This woman was not to be ignored. She followed Jesus and his disciples to the house imploring his disciples to intervene to Jesus on her behalf.

“She Besought Him,” (Mark 7:26). “And Cried Unto Him, Saying, Have Mercy On Me, O Lord, Thou Son Of David;” (Matthew 15:22) (Mark 7:27) But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. (KJV)

The Syrophoenian woman would not be denied, she had stubborn faith. Like Jacob who wrestled all night, “I wont let you go until…” (Genesis 32:26) “And she answered and said unto him, yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs” Mark 7:28. “Give me, most gracious lord, only a crumb (a small mercy compared to thy greater mercies), the healing of my little daughter.” “To me, a poor Gentile, let a crumb of thy grace and mercy fall from your bountiful table.”

Mark 7:29. And he said unto her, for this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 

30. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

This woman, born and bred amid the darkness of heathenism, with little to sustain and comfort her in this world, and without hope for a better one, had her full share of miseries of mortal life until Jesus came near. Now the mother's heart was glad; her child was healed. Christ's grace is ever for those who seek, and who seek him earnestly. Remember God is no respecter of persons, don't take no for an answer.

8. GO TO JESUS AGAIN:

Mark 8:22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 

23. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 

24. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 

25. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

If Your Healing Is Not Complete, Go To Jesus Again.

Jesus and his disciples are back in the promise land in the town of Bethsaida. And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him (beseech him) to touch him. They seemed to have imagined that the healing virtue could not go forth from Jesus except by actual touch.

Our Lord led, or brought, the blind man out of Bethsaida out away from the multitude, as he had done the deaf and dumb man. This was done, no doubt, to fix the attention of the afflicted man upon himself (Jesus), and upon the fact that he was about to act upon his eyes.

“He spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him.” we may be assured that these signs (the spitting on his eyes, and putting on of his hands) used by our Lord were intended to awaken the afflicted man's faith, and stir up in him the lively expectation of a blessing.

Jesus asked him, “what do you see?” And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.  This man, as yet partially blind, saw men as in shadows, magnified by the mist, looking much larger than they really were. His vision was blurred.

Mark 8:25. “After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 

26. And he sent him away to his house, saying, neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.”

Jesus again laid his hands on him and his sight became normal. If your healing is not complete, go to Jesus again.

9. DON'T LOSE HOPE:

Mark 9:17. And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 

18. And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. (KJV)

While Jesus was upon the Mount of Transfiguration a distraught father brought his afflicted son (his only child Luke 9:38) to his disciples, while they were waiting for Jesus to return. This was another case of a child being possessed with a foul spirit (demon). The disciples had tried, in vain, to cast the demon out of the boy. This was a very terrible case where the demon took charge of the boy's body, even to the point of trying to kill himself. (Mark 9:22)

As they were coming close to Jesus the spirit "tare" the boy, throwing him to the ground, "wallowing and foaming" at the mouth. Whenever we get close to Jesus the devil is going to act up. Jesus Asked Him, "How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, of a child." (Mark 9:21) Then the pitiful plea of a distressed father, “But if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us” (Mark 9:22)

For years the father had been watching over his son, praying every day for relief for his son, yet never giving up hope.

Mark 9:23. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 

24. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 

25. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 

26. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 

27. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. (KJV)

No matter how long it takes, never give up hope for your healing.

I hope these instances of healing will encourage you to have faith and confidence in the healing virtue of Jesue.

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