Friday, September 24, 2010

A LOOK BACK AT LUKE

D and I have independently been spending extra hours in our Bibles lately and we found that we were doing the same thing.....reading about all of the healings Jesus did in the gospels. Whenever I read one of the gospels I am usually looking for something else.....I've never spent any time concentrating on the healings the Lord did. We both found it wonderfully reassuring.

Without going into the background details, here is a partial list of what Jesus did (from the book of Luke):

4:39   So Jesus bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

4:40   When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.

5:12-3   "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him.

5:15   Crowd of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

5:24   He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."

6:10   Jesus  said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored.

7:10  Then the men who had been sent (to ask Jesus) returned to the house and found the servant well.

7:14   Then Jesus went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

7:21   At that very time, Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits and gave sight to many who were blind.

8:36   Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.

8:48   Then Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

8:50   Then Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."

8:53   They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up." Her spirit returned and at once, she stood up.

9:11   But the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

9:42  But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.

11:14   Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.

13:12   Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity." Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

14:4   So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.

17:14   And as they went, they were cleansed.

17:19   Then Jesus said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

18:42   Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God.


Time after time, day after day, Jesus healed people. Unless we have misread our Scriptures, there is not one instance where Jesus said, "Hey, bub, I can see you need healing, but no, not today. I am not going to make you well." or "You know, your faith is just a wee bit lacking.....I don't think it is quite enough for me to heal you."

Jesus healed people! ALL. THE. TIME. In His 3 years of ministry, He spent His time in 3 different ministries; he urged people to turn from sin, and follow Him as their Savior; he taught the crowds of people (followers and non-followers) how to live their lives and what they should be living for; and He healed people. Some asked. Some didn't. Some had great faith. Some didn't (at first). But bottom line, Jesus did not deny healing to desperate people.

If, as Christians, we believe Hebrews 13:8, which says JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW, then we can be assured that Jesus is, today, still in the business of healing. And THAT, my friends, is why I can say with confidence that God's promises about healing are His will, and why I am confidently standing on His Word for my cancer's demise.

A shout out of thanks to my Wednesday prayer partners MR and Julie, who faithfully come over to pray with me and stay strong with me in standing on the promises of our great God. You guys are amazing. You have been life-changing as you stand beside us and our families in believing for healing. I am so excited to see what God will do on this journey with you. I love you both.

2 comments:

Julie said...

No thanks is necessary...Mary Ruth and I both consider it an honor to get to spend time with you and our Awesome Healer Father.....Luvu2

Pipsylou said...

WOW. Just, WOW. This is amazingly cool to read, you know? It's so easy to see those stories as Sunday school fodder and not REAL...they were REAL. He actually did those things, breathed life back into the dead, healed the sick, and He is dying to do it again, we just have to ask!!!!!!!!!!!