SERMON NOTES: The Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ
THE FOLLOWING ARE PASTOR CRUTCHFIELD’S NOTES FROM THE 2/24/2013 SERVICE AT COMPASSION CHURCH OF KATY
Last week we looked at Luke Chapter 17 where Jesus cured the 10 lepers. Jesus in his ministry was very active in healing. I want to take a look at a couple of other examples where our savior used his divine power to heal.
Christ’s power to heal extended even to death as we find in the well known story of Lazarus in,
“ Jesus was deeply disturbed again when he came to the tomb. It was a cave and a stone covered the entrance. Jesus said “Remove the stone.” Martha sister of the dead man said” Lord the smell will be awful ! He’s been dead four days.” Jesus replied “ Didn’t I tell you that if you believe you will see God’s glory ?” So They removed the stone. Jesus looked up and said. Father thank you for hearing me. I know you always hear me I say this for the benefit of the crowd here so that they will believe that you sent me. Having said this Jesus shouted with a loud voice “ Lazarus, come out !” The dead man came out, his feet bound and his hands tied. And his face covered with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
So even though Lazarus was dead for four full days, he was not beyond the healing power of Christ or God the Father. Death itself was not too much of an obstacle for them to overcome !
Christ didn’t just heal people one at a time he also healed people in large numbers at once, Take a look at what is told to us in,
“When they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. When the people who lived in that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the whole region, and they brought to him everyone who was sick. They begged him that they might just touch the edge of his clothes. Everyone who touched him was cured. “
The important thing here is the people in Gennesaret were not healed so much by Christ’s direct action, it was the strength of their faith and belief in him, and God which healed them. Christ’s ability to heal us grows in proportion to our own trust and belief in him ! As with anything else in our Christian walk our faith is expanded and strengthened through prayer and immersion in God’s word. Even though we can’t see Christ in front of us like the people in the first century did, our faith links us to him even today.
Jesus healed people from a variety of different things at different times we find a story of his healing a blind man in,
“As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who was blind since birth. Jesus’ disciples asked “ Rabbi, who sinned so he was born blind, this man or his parents ? Jesus answered neither he nor his parents. This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him. While its daytime, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming when no noe can work. While I am in the world I am the light of the world. After he said this, he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smeared the mud on the man’s eyes. Jesus said to him, “ Go wash in the pool of Siloam.” (This word means sent) So the man went away and washed, when he returned he could see.”
For our last example lets look at the interaction of Faith and Christ’s healing powers as told in,
After a few days , Jesus went back to Capernum, and people heard that he was at home . So many gathered that there was no longer space, not even near the door. Jesus was speaking the word to them. Some people arrived, and four of them were bringing to him a man who was paralyzed. They couldn’t carry him through the crowd, so they tore off part of the roof above where Jesus was. When they had made an opening, they lowered the mat on which the paralyzed man was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man “Child your sins are forgiven.”
Some legal experts were sitting there “Why does he speak this way ? He’s insulting God. Only the one God can forgive sins. Jesus immediately recognized what they were discussing, and he said to them, “ Why do you fill your minds with these questions ? Which is easier to say to a paralyzed person ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say ‘ Get up, take up your bed and walk ? But so you will know the human one has authority on Earth to forgive sins he said to the man who was paralyzed “ Get up, take your mat, and go home’” Jesus raised him up, and right away he picked up his mat and walked out in front of everybody. They were all amazed and praised God saying “We’ve never seen anything like this.”
Why have we visited these verses today ? Because it is important for us to understand that Jesus cares for the sick and injured. Sometimes he heals physically, sometimes emotionally, sometimes spiritually, but he always heals when asked. Jesus will even heal those the rest of us might look down on. All are worthy of his healing power ! But Christ’s healing in terms of our modern world is empowered by our faith. This is why it is important that we continue to grow our faith through prayer and the constant, intense study of his word. So the more you need healing in your life, the more vital it is that you pray, and surround yourself in the word of God.