Monday, January 20, 2014

Jesus the Healer

When I put my faith in Jesus at the tender age of four, I think that circumstances in my life had conjoined under the will of God to plow up my little heart and make me ready.

Preschool Sunday school and Bible school stories about Jesus had fed my soul.  I knew that He was good and loving, gentle and kind, supernatural and amazing.

I want to do a short series here about Jesus, highlighting the character He displayed while He walked the roads of Judea in the warm, dusty Middle East.

So here is my scripture for today:

Jesus went on from there 
and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. 
And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. 
And great crowds came to him, 
bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, 
the mute, and many others, 
and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,
so that the crowd wondered, 
when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, 
the lame walking, and the blind seeing. 
And they glorified the God of Israel.
Matthew 15:29-31 (ESV)

There are other passages like this one, where Jesus had compassion on crowds of people, reaching out to them and healing all who came to Him (see Matthew 14:14 and Mark 6:34). 

Jesus had compassion, and Jesus had power.  When you have both compassion and power, you can do a lot of good.  I wish I had more compassion and more power.  I would love to be a healer.

Jesus still has compassion, and Jesus still has power.  He is on our side, helping us, sustaining us, comforting and healing us.  He is at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34).  He is our advocate and our friend.

When we see Jesus' power at work, we glorify God.  I need to pray that I will see and glorify more.

1 comment:


    What are the terms for pardon under the New Covenant? Did Jesus give us the terms of forgiveness from sin before He died or after His death and resurrection?


    1. Luke 18:18-22 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? .....20 "You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' Do not murder,' Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' ' Honor your father and your mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." 22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "you still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; come, follow Me."(NKJV)

    Would the rich ruler have been saved had he obey Jesus? Yes. Was Jesus giving the terms for pardon under the New Covenant. No, He was not.

    2. Mark 2:1-5....5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,"Son, your sins are forgiven you."(NKJV)

    Were the sins of the paralytic forgiven? Yes. Was Jesus saying that under the New Covenant men will have their sins forgiven because of the faith of friends? No. He was not.

    3. John 8:3-11....10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the women, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."(NKJV)

    Was the woman condemned by Jesus? No, she was not. Was Jesus saying that under the New Covenant if no man condemns you that I will not condemn you? No, He was not.

    4. Luke 23 39-43 .....Then one of the criminals who was hanged blasphemed Him, saying , "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us". 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying , "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds ; but this Man has done nothing wrong."42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into your kingdom." 43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."(NKJV)

    Was the thief saved? Yes. Was Jesus giving the terms for pardon under the New Covenant? No, He was not.


    Mark 16:14-16 After He appeared to the eleven...16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV)

    Jesus gave the terms for pardon, under the New Covenant, after He was resurrected.

    Luke 24:36-47 ....."and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.(NKJV)

    Peter gave us the terms for pardon under the New Covenant at Jerusalem on 33AD. Acts 2:22-41
    Peter preached the terms for pardon under the New Covenant.

    Faith: John 3:16
    Confession: Romans 10:9
    Repentance: Acts 2:38
    Water Immersion: Acts 2:38

    Jesus never told one person that under the New Covenant they did not have to be baptized in order to be saved.

    Jesus never told one person that under the New Covenant they did not have to repent to have their sins washed away.

    Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ; for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift , the Holy Spirit. (The Living Bible -Paraphrased)