In this series of articles, we are looking at the healing ministry of Jesus Christ; examining principles that we can learn from the accounts of healing in the Gospels.
In part 1, we looked at how Jesus is the ‘will of God in action’. His life and ministry on the earth visibly displayed the will of God for all people for all time.
This includes how Jesus ministered to the sick.
We examined the fact that if we are going to duplicate His healing ministry, we need to follow His example. We ought not to be giving excuses for lack of results that differ to His ministry.
Let’s continue to look at the general principles we can learn from The Healing Ministry of Jesus:
2) He healed them all…
As you examine the Gospels, you can find numerous times when the Bible simply states, ‘He healed them all’
(For a comprehensive list of these scriptures, please see References to Mass Healings in the Ministry of Jesus)
In Part 1, we learned that Jesus is the will of God in action. He visibly displayed the will of God.
This goes with this point about ‘He healed them all’
Where ever possible, Jesus ‘healed them all’ showing God’s eternal will for everyone
There are many instances where the Bible does not give us details of the people healed; it simply says He healed them all or a similar phrase! This didn’t just happen once or twice, instead we see in the Gospels it happened over and over again.
Matthew 8:16, 17
: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,
:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”
Mark 6:35 – 56
:54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him,
:55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was.
:56 Wherever He entered into villages, cities, or in the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
‘…As many as touched Him were made well’
This seems to indicate that healing was freely available for any who would come and get it! There are no restrictions given about ‘only those God wants to heal’ etc. Simply a come, touch and get it!
:11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
If God doesn’t heal ‘all’ then surely there would have been some in those multitudes (1000’s of people) that God didn’t want to heal but there were NONE [pullquote]Not once did it say, “ He healed all the ones it was God’s will to heal and left the others sick!”[/pullquote]
Not once did it say, “ He healed all the ones it was God’s will to heal and left the others sick!”
There is not a single instance in all the sick people Jesus dealt with whom He wouldn’t heal! (Some faced some challenges, but they got their healing by the end of the account!)
Therefore Jesus ministry teaches us that God heals ALL.
According to Jesus’ life and ministry God’s will is always to heal people.
I do know there are people who will argue with this and have a big problem accepting it, but the evidence from Jesus ministry is overwhelming. We either accept what Jesus, who is the will of God in action (and the Head of the Church), shows us or we hold to our opinions and fight the Word of God on the subject.
I choose to believe Jesus’ life and ministry above the modern opinions and teachings of man.
There are Bible reasons why people do not get healed, but they are never because it was ‘not’ God’s will to heal them.
The Bible does teach us the ‘why’ some never received healing, which we will look at later.
Sometimes when people look at the instances in Jesus’ ministry where people were healed, they focus on some of the discussion between Jesus and the person earlier on in the account to try to prove it is not God’s will to heal.
But remember, that every one of these people were healed by the end of the account, so we cannot use them to try to prove the position that God does not heal!
Some of them may have faced challenges to getting healed, but by the end of each account, the individual was healed. They left Jesus healed, so NOT ONE account of healing in the ministry of Jesus can be used to ‘prove’ God will not heal a person!
There were reasons Jesus spoke to people the way He did and said the things He said and we will study some of these!
Why did Jesus talk to people the way He did when they came to Him to be healed?
Was HE being nasty, rude or cruel to them?
NO. He was specifically trying to do something with that person to instruct, teach to help them come into a position to receive!
In Jesus ministry we learn the eternal will of God for all people for all time, which is to heal ‘all’ people
There is a powerful account where a man came to Jesus uncertain about whether it was His will to heal Him.
Jesus does not leave them man confused or in any doubt about His will. Some say God’s will is a mystery beyond finding, but I love the way Jesus does not hide the will of God, He boldly declares it to the man:
:40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
:41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
:42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
Bible in Basic English:
:41 And being moved with pity, he put out his hand, and touching him said to him, It is my pleasure; be made clean.
On translation of verse 41 says, ‘Of course I will…’
Jesus openly declares the will of God for this man, then backs it up with action and heals him!
Oh the wonderful Jesus we serve. He is as willing to heal today as He has ever been.
He has never changed; man has tried to change Him. Man has told Him to be someone who no longer heals, but that is not what He has to say on the subject. He declares to us today, ‘I am willing…’
I wonder if you had come to this man the next day and said to him, ‘Do you think it is God’s will to heal people today?’ what he would have said?
Would this man have said, ‘Yes, the will of God is a mystery we could never know or understand.’ or would he boldly declare, ‘I know the will of God is to heal…’?
I believe he would tell people that, ‘Yes it is God’s will to heal and I am living proof of it’
Is the will of God a mystery to us that we can never know or understand?
Some people today would have us believe that. They like to quote verses like:
1 Corinthians 2:9
:9 But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
People quote this and say that there it shows that we cannot know the ways of God because they are a ‘mystery’ to us that our eyes and ears cannot see or hear!
The truth is that these people take this verse out of context and fail to quote the very next verse which goes on to say:
1 Corinthians 2:10
:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
We may not be able to figure out God’s ways in our own heads, but God HAS revealed them to us. And if He has revealed them to us, then we can know them. We can walk in what He has revealed!
What has He revealed to us?
His Word is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.
The Word of God has shown us the will of God, which never changes for all time!
The following verse, right out of the mouth of Jesus reveals an amazing truth:
:15 “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. (NKJV)
:15 No longer do I give you the name of servants; because a servant is without knowledge of what his master is doing: I give you the name of friends, because I have given you knowledge of all the things which my Father has said to me. (Bible in Basic English)
When I read this I get excited!
In the New Testament our relationship with God has changed to the status of family and we have friendship with God. We are not just servants of God.
Here Jesus shares that although a servant may not know what his master is doing, we are no longer servants so we don’t have to be in the dark about what our Father is doing!
Jesus and the Father do not want us to be uncertain about His will: what He has for us and what He wants for us. We are supposed to know and understand His will, including His will to heal.
:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
:8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
:9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
:10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him.
His will may have been a mystery before Jesus and before the New Covenant but no more. To those who have received redemption In Christ Jesus His will is no longer a mystery.
:17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Over and over and in a variety of different contexts we see in the New Testament that we are not supposed to be confused or in the dark concerning God’s will. There is no more mystery, because the will of God has been revealed to us In Jesus.
The only reason people would be confused about the will of God is because they either are ignorant of the Word of God, or they are rejecting what the Word of God is showing them, choosing rather to go with their own human reasoning and understanding or traditional understanding of God.
The Bible is clear, and leaves no room for doubt concerning God’s will.
It is the will of God to heal and we see this clearly taught in the Life and ministry of Jesus on this earth as He repetitively healed people.
3) Jesus is our example in the Healing Ministry
The next point we need to learn from the Healing Ministry of Jesus is that Jesus is OUR example when it comes to ministering healing to people.
Remember that when Jesus walked on this earth, He was giving us an example to follow.
He was our example of how someone who is anointed by the Holy Spirit operates. He shows us how the anointing of God works in connection to healing.
(On the cross HE became our substitute, in His daily life and ministry on the earth He was our Example)
When it comes to understanding the healing ministry, there is no better place to look for example than the ministry of Jesus.
We need to learn to minister to people in accordance with how He ministered to people
What does Jesus shows us about God’s will concerning healing?
How did He deal with the sick?
How did He minister to them?
What did He do and what did He NOT do?
When he faced a situation, how did he respond ?
When people were in desperate circumstances, how did he deal with them?
He is our example in these areas and we are to learn from Him.
Every believer needs to know this – it is not just for ‘Healing Evangelists’ The Commission to ‘Lay hands on the sick and they will recover’ is given to all believers, not just ministers.
Often today we fail because we fail to follow His example
We try to come up with methods and ways and ideas that are not consistent with Jesus our example. He is the one to follow.
How He did it is how we must do it if we want the kind of results He got.
Jesus was very successful in the healing ministry as we will see. He is the best example to follow.
Jesus is THE most successful example we have of the healing ministry. He got results! If we follow His example we can get the results that He got! We can learn from HOW HE did it. Find out how He dealt with people, how He responded to them.
We should duplicate Him: study Him as our example to learn from
Anything we say about God and healing must be consistent with and found in His ministry
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!
ANY Healing ministry that is legitimate will be a continuance of Jesus’ ministry.
It will find its root & foundation in His ministry
This article is Part 2 in the series:
‘What we can learn from the Healing Ministry of Jesus’
Part 3: What we can learn from the The Healing Ministry of Jesus
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Unless otherwise stated, all scriptures used are quoted from the New King James Version of the Bible.
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