Curing those who had need of healing

church-753815_640Luke 9:11: When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.

In the ministry of Jesus, there was healing galore. From head to toe people were touched with the healing presence that manifested through his life. The number of the sick did not intimidate nor the severity of the condition. He even raised the dead. He was God in the flesh on a restoration mission to help us out of our quagmire and set our feet on solid rock.

At a time, Jesus was teaching, and it was noted that the power of God was present to heal (Luke 5:17-26). And a man was brought in by his four friends who had enough faith to break through the roof of the house where Jesus was to get to him, because there was no way at the door because of the crowd.

And Jesus first said to the man: “your sins are forgiven you,” before saying “rise up and walk.” He told him to do what he was not able to do before. Jesus demonstrated his power both to forgive sin and heal the sick, to do both the in-tangle and the tangible things. Here we see the evidence of his lack of limitation. He can both lift the burden of sin and also the burden of sickness. He is without limit either to restore relationship with God through forgiving sin and restoring health to the body. Anything God can do, he can do because he is God.

There was a woman who suffered for 12 years from an illness and had become pauperised because of it, having spent a lot with physicians (Luke 8:43-48). None could give her a solution. She saw her solution in Jesus and pressed through the crowd when Jesus was passing to reach out to him. And immediately the flowing blood stopped, the problem of years ended in a moment. What her money could not do, Jesus did. Her lack of money was not a barrier to receiving from Jesus. Here was a woman who was at the end of herself, with nowhere to go to get solution and no money to go there, but she got solution through Jesus, the walking goodness of God.

There was another man sick for 38 years that Jesus healed. He had been in that condition before Jesus was born. It shows that regardless of the length of time, Jesus is able to heal him (John 5). The man was raised from his sick bed by Jesus with merely a word of command. Jesus said his words are spirit and life (John 6:63). They are not empty words.

He said that he was anointed to meet needs (Luke 4:18-19). When he came back from the wilderness after he was tempted by the devil, he entered into the synagogue and opened the scroll of prophet Isaiah that was given to him, he said: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to preach recovery of sight to the blind, and deliverance to the captives.

His was an healing and deliverance and gospel. That is what he embodies. He says that he is the light of the world (John 9:1-5). What that a means is that without him we are in darkness, we will not see our ways, we will be injured, fall into the pit. He said the enemy came to steal kill and destroy, but he came to give us life (John 10:10), he came to destroy the works of the devil.

While he was on the earth he sent disciples to cast out devils, as his representatives, bringing relief to many people. He gave them power such as he had and they were able to reproduce the mighty works in his life.

He is “designed” to meet our needs. He was called the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). He was called the word, the revelation of God to us, because since the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, man lost full contact with God, and Jesus, as God the Word, became man to teach us about the Father, being himself the revelation of the father.

The book of Hebrews says that in time past God in a limited sense spoke to us by the prophet, but in this last days he has spoken to us through his Son, who is full manifestation of the glory, the complete expression of his person (Hebrews 1:1-3).

The bible says that God has invested his son with the right to judge because the world needs justice (John 5:22).  And Isaiah wrote about Jesus, he said: the Spirit of the Lord is upon him, (that means he is invested with God himself), the spirit of wisdom and understanding, knowledge and counsel, might and fear of the lord, and his will not judge by the hearing of the ears but will judge righteous judgment (Isaiah 11:1-6).

He did all things while maintaining a close relationship with the father, obeying him, resisting the temptation of the devil, with living a life of prayer featuring prominently in his life.

He prayed all night, prayed early in the morning, prayer at intervals in the day. He manifested the glory of God because he had connected with the glory in a vital immediate sense in the place of prayer. There was a time the bible says that people were rushing to touch the garment of garment and everyone who did, was healed, but just before then he was involved in many hours of prayer (Luke 5:19). Prayer was the source of his power as was the source of the power of Elijah who also did great things in his time.

The bible says that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above what we can ask or think according to the power at work in us (Ephesians 3:20). That means God is not limited.


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