What we can learn from the Healing Ministry of Jesus Part 1


Matthew 4:23

:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Jesus did more than teach and preach, He also operated in supernatural power with signs, wonders, healings and miracles coming forth in His life. Healing is an integral part of His ministry and cannot be sidelined or excluded. To remove healing from His life would be to totally change the account of events!

The Gospels do not in any way sideline His healing ministry; but instead they show us clearly that it was a major part of His overall ministry.

We cannot properly study the life and ministry of Jesus without looking at His healing ministry.

Some today want to imply that healing is a side issue, or secondary part of the Gospel, but Jesus’s ministry does not show this. According to the ministry of Jesus, healing is central and core to the entire gospel message.[pullquote]He healed then and He heals now. He never changes.[/pullquote]

He healed then and He heals now. He never changes.

Some would like you to think that Jesus no longer heals like He did then. That is a lie which has no Biblical basis; but instead comes from men’s own personal opinions about God which are not founded in truth.

Some people today have tried to side line the healing aspect of the Bible. They have tried to minimise it and even say it is no longer for us today. But this is simply the ideas and teachings of man.

If we want to be followers of Jesus, then we must look to His Word for answers above the ideas of man.

The church is to be founded and built upon the Word of God, and if we are going to teach anything today, we must make sure it is in line with the Scriptures.

In truth when people say, healing is no longer for us today, or that God no longer heals people, or that it is not God?s will to heal people, their scriptural foundation is lacking.

They have no solid scripture to say what they are saying and often it is based upon one or two badly interpreted verses or passages; or it is based upon human experience and church tradition and not the Word of God.

We need to understand that man has added many ideas of His own to the Bible and church doctrine through the last couple of thousand years since the writing of the New Testament, and it is important that we sift through what is really God’s Word and what is simply man’s ideas which have been preached as the Word of God.

We want the truth of what God has to say on the subject. The truth is found in the Bible, and correctly interpreting what the Bible is saying

We need to check where we are getting our doctrine from.

Is it coming from a solid foundation of the Bible being properly interpreted or is coming from the ideas and teachings of man twisting and distorting the true message of the Bible?

Acts 17:10-12

:10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
:12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.

Here we see how the Thessalonians responded when Paul arrived and started preaching the Gospel to them. They didn’t just reject it, but they went to the scriptures and checked it out, to see if it was in line with the Word. When they saw it was scriptural they believed.

We are not just supposed to believe man’s ideas about God. Nor are we just supposed to believe it because it is traditionally taught in church. We are to believe it because it lines up with God’s Word and we can see it clearly in the Bible

This is how we must approach the subject of healing.

The Great Commission includes healing

Over this series of articles, we are going to examine the healing ministry of Jesus, but not just for historical information.

There are truths we can learn there that are relevant to us today.

Jesus Himself has commissioned every Christian to be involved in healing as part of what we call The Great Commission (Mark 16), so it is important that we understand the healing ministry and how it works. We learn how WE are to operate in the healing ministry by learning from the examples in Jesus’ life.

Mark 16:15

:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
:18 “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

It is not our job to pick and choose which bits of the commission we think we should do and which we ought not do!

It is not our place to decide that parts of it are more important than other parts. Jesus gave it all to us, and we are to follow it all.

Many people have no problem agreeing that we are called to preach the gospel to the lost and unsaved but dispute whether we should also be bringing a message of healing.

They try to indicate that really salvation of souls is what is important and that healing is a side issue.

In truth we do not see this distinction made in the Word of God. God does not indicate that it is an either / or situation where we have to choose between one or the other.

They are BOTH part of the package and come included in what God wants to do in our lives, and believers need to be just as equipped to minister healing as they are to minister salvation to the lost and unsaved.

The anointing upon Jesus was used to heal people

Acts 10:38

:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

This summarizes incredibly what Jesus did with the anointing upon His life:

He did good and healed people!
The Gospels lay out for us this healing ministry, and give detailed accounts of numerous people who were healed by Jesus.

There are many incredible truths we can learn from these healings, and each of the individual accounts of people being healed under His ministry is worth studying individually.

If you go through and study each account you will find truths you can learn that will help people today receive from God all that He has for us in the area of healing.

I recommend you take the time to study each of these accounts, but we are not going to do that here.

In these articles, I am going to point out some general principles we can learn from the Healing ministry of Jesus, using the different healing accounts for examples.

We will draw from a range of the healings in His ministry and show how these principles work together to make up The Healing Ministry of Jesus

 

Some of the general principles we can learn from The Healing Ministry of Jesus:

1) Jesus IS the will of God in action

Hebrews 1:1-3

:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

 

This passage in Hebrews shows us that the Son, Jesus, is the express image of His person. (‘Person’ here refers to God)
In other words, the CLEAREST understanding of God we have is to be seen in Jesus.

If we want to know what God is like, we look to Jesus.
If we want to understand what God does and what He does NOT do, we look to Jesus.
Jesus clearly shows us the Father. If there is any doubt about what God is saying or doing, we can look to the life and ministry of Jesus for clarity.
Jesus’ life and ministry reveals to us the will of God and answers all questions about what God is like, what His will is, what God wants for people.

People who oppose the Bible truth of God’s will concerning healing try to say that God has changed since then and that things are different now to how they were under Jesus ministry, but the truth is they have NO Biblical basis for saying that, it is simply an idea that man has come up with in order to try to get people off the truth of the Word of God.

We know that God is still speaking to us through His Son, and the truths we learn through Jesus life and ministry are real and relevant to us today, including His healing ministry.

So when dealing with issues like, ‘What does God do in people’s lives?’ or ‘what is God’s will?’ we can find clear answers by studying Jesus and the Gospels.

And as you will see, there is no room for doubt or uncertainty given in the Life and Ministry of Jesus as to what God does and what is the will of God in the area of healing.

We are not left with an unclear picture at all. Jesus puts a final ‘full stop’ to any questions or doubts we have about whether God or the devil makes people sick or suffer and whether it is God?s will heal people today.

John 6:38

:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

 

Jesus came to do the will of the Father God.

Really it comes down to us deciding whether we believe this or not.

Did Jesus do the will of God?
When Jesus ministered healing to people was that God?s will?

Were there times when Jesus healed people when really it was not God’s will and Jesus was rebelling against the Father? We know this is not true!

 

John 8:28

:28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things

 

Notice the phrase, ‘I do NOTHING of myself’
That means EVEYTHING thing He did He followed the Father’s way. This includes every single time He healed.
What Jesus SAID was the Father’s words!

Jesus said what the Father taught Him. The words that came out of His mouth were in line with what the Father was saying, including when He spoke to individuals.

What about when He said to people He would come and heal them?
Was this the Father speaking?

So when Jesus healed people and said that He would, He was doing and saying what the Father said and did. His healings of people were a direct reflection of the Father’s will and plan.

Does the Father treat people differently and say to one ‘yes’ and another ‘no’?

Some people would teach that He does, but they have no scripture to back up their position, only the ideas of man.

 

John 8:38

:38 “I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

John 12:49

:49 “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak

John 5:19

:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

 

Jesus was not independent; He didn’t do things the way HE felt like!

He didn’t speak independently of the Father. He didn’t do what He wanted, when he wanted.

He could have, His will could have gone its own way, but He chose the Father’s way.
If He had gone his own way, he would have seen NO results!

He listened to God and operated by the Father leading Him; He operated according to a pattern the Father laid down

Jesus didn’t just do it His way; He took time to find out the Father’s way.

Because of this, Jesus understood the Healing ministry 100% and operated in it successfully. He did it the way of the Father.

Jesus SAID and DID what the Father says and does. Jesus words and actions directly show us the Father.

Jesus was the will of God in action, displayed openly for ALL to see.

If we want to know God’s will, look at Jesus. He is the visible expression of an invisible God [pullquote]If we want to know God’s will, look at Jesus. He is the visible expression of an invisible God[/pullquote]
Everything He said and did is a direct revelation of the will of God for ALL people for ALL times – it doesn’t change!
The way God did things under Jesus’ ministry is the way He does it now.

When we come to the throne room today, God responds to us according to and in line with how Jesus responded to people on this earth.
Jesus is the visible manifestation of the invisible God, so if we want to understand how God, whom we cannot see, will do things, we look to Jesus, whom we can see.
Anything we say about God and healing must be consistent with and found in Jesus? ministry. If you cannot find it in Jesus ministry, you have no Biblical basis for saying that God is like it.

God gave us Jesus to show what He is like, including in our time today. If we are going to make claims about the healing ministry, we had better make sure they are in line with the healing ministry of Jesus.
The reasons we give for lack of results MUST be consistent with His ministry.

Too often we ‘make things up’ that sound spiritual but are NOT consistent with God’s Word or Jesus’ ministry.

We should ask ourselves, ?How does the Father do it in this situation??
Do you want to know what the Father does?

Look at Jesus and what He did and you will see the express image or the Father, laid out graphically and visibly for us to see today.

Jesus is the visible expression of an invisible God. He embodied the qualities of the Godhead. He brought to us the clearest revelation of God yet!

Not only His teachings reveal the Father, but His actions, What He did & HOW He did it.

We ought to learn to find out what the Father is doing and saying in a situation, then say and do that too!

Did Jesus Heal?
YES

Did He Turn people away?
NO

Did Jesus Ever ask people to wait a while?
NO

Did He ever say that God ‘made’ someone sick?
NO

 

If Jesus never told anyone it was God’s will for them to be sick or to remain sick, then why do we tell them that in the church today?

If Jesus never told anyone that God was teaching them something through their sickness, then why do we tell people that today?
We are giving people reasons and answers that are not consistent with the answers and reasons Jesus gave.
Who is right – people today, or Jesus?

Jesus never said, ‘It’s not God’s will to heal you, this is your cross you must suffer with and bear’ so why do we do and say such things??

(when Jesus referred to carrying your cross, He was not speaking in context of healing. We have misapplied His comments. He never said that to anyone about sickness and healing)
We have adopted things Jesus NEVER did.

Why?

Because we don’t understand the true principles of healing as taught in the Bible!
Jesus never used language like, ‘for some mysterious reason, God has chosen not to heal you…’, but sadly we do hear people who are supposed to be representing Jesus say things like that today.

If we are going to represent Jesus, we ought to represent Him accurately and say it like He would say it, instead of making up our own reasons and claiming they are in line with Him!
When we say and do things that are not in line with how He said and did things, then we are not representing Him properly, we are misrepresenting Him.

Everyone who came to Jesus, in faith for healing, left healed with NO exceptions

If we ever get a hold of these principles & operate them, and if people come in faith for healing, they will get it!! The only people who didn’t get anything were those who did not receive Jesus or His ministry, and we will look at some of these later.

If it wasn’t God’s will to heal everyone, then SURELY, since Jesus demonstrated God?s Will, in all the multitudes that came to him there would have been ONE whom it wasn’t God’s will to heal, and Jesus would have told them so!

There would be an example of someone Jesus turned away! BUT, no-one who came to Jesus, in faith for healing, left sick!

Why didn’t the Holy Spirit give us any examples of people who it wasn’t God’s will to heal?
Because there weren’t any then and aren’t any now either!

We need to get rid of unscriptural phrases in talking to sick people that attack their faith and hinder them receiving

Jesus NEVER said God’s teaching you something, you’ll have to stay sick for a while! Therefore God doesn’t tell people this today. If Jesus never did it when ministering to people, then we shouldn’t. We should follow HIS example.

Jesus NEVER said you will have to wait until God is ready to heal you. (God is always ready – WE need to learn to receive). God was ready when He sent Jesus to die and bear your sickness

 

This article is Part 1 in the series:
What we can learn from the Healing Ministry of Jesus?

For Part 2: The Healing Ministry of Jesus

This article, along with others by the same author can be found at www.exceedingfaith.com

Unless otherwise stated, all scriptures used are quoted from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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Owen Walton

About Owen Walton

Owen is a full time Minister and runs Exceeding Faith Ministries, which is an itinerant teaching Ministry. His desire is to help Christians understand the Bible and get established in biblical truths.