Have you ever heard someone say that it is always God’s will to heal? Are you or a loved one still believing for physical healing? As a believer in Jesus Christ, you can expect healing and believe that it is God’s will for you, but it’s of utmost importance to understand God’s heart for healing and how He uses healing as a way of reaching hearts!
JESUS’ HEALING VIRTUE FLOWS THROUGH YOU
Doctor Luke was a trained physician and was closely familiar with the physical needs of people. He had a special concern and interest in the healing ministry of Jesus and had a special sensitivity to Jesus’ desire to heal. In Luke 4:40 (BSB) he observed, “At sunset, all who were ill with various diseases were brought to Jesus, and laying His hands on each one, He healed them.”
LITTLE JACK IS HEALED!
Pastor Jack once told how, at a very young age, he experienced Jesus’ healing power. “I would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the healing power of Jesus when I was five months old. The doctor spoke to my parents of the condition of my body after the healing occurred. He said, ‘I didn’t want to tell you how hopeless the situation was because I was hoping something would take place that would turn the situation around. Your son would not have survived this. I had nothing in my treatment to cause your son to become well. It would have cost him his life. What has taken place must be a work of God. I had nothing to do with it.’”
Pastor Jack’s parents later discovered their unsaved relatives had turned in a request to a local church to pray for little Jack which contributed to his healing. Later, a polio pandemic was spreading in much of the nation, and it attacked two-year-old Jack. “My parents, now believers, took me to church to have the elders pray for me. Three days later the doctor said there is nothing wrong with this baby anymore.” Little Jack was healed.
THE WAY HEALING WORKS
The healing ministry of Jesus is dependent on the healing power of Jesus. The Lord Jesus longs and desires to see people whole and His healing power comes from a love for people and a compassion to answer human need. A secret to healing ministry is Jesus’ passionate love for people!
Three things common to Jesus’ healing ministry are His presence, His person and His power. Look at these scriptures:
“So, I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!” Luke 5:24-26 NLT
“Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.” Luke 6:19 NLT
“At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind.” Luke 7:21 NLT
“But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” Luke 8:46 NLT
THE PRESENCE, THE PERSON, AND THE POWER OF JESUS
The presence of Jesus, or the aura of His nearness drew sick and hurting to Him because He was present. The presence of Jesus is the essence of God and the Holy Spirit made evident.
The person is the physical touch, laid on the sick, that brings personal and tangible healing. Because Jesus was physically present and physically impacting people the whole multitude desired to touch Him and they desired that He lay hands on them.
The third aspect of Jesus healing ministry is the power of God. It is the working of the Lord by His Spirit. The presence of Jesus and the touch of Jesus brings the power of Jesus. The kingdom of God comes where people praise him. The King is enthroned on those that praise Him (Ps 22:3). In the place where His presence is revealed His power is witnessed. He is revealed to overrule, by His kingdom power, all sickness and wickedness.
HE TOUCHED THEM
Jesus destroyed numerous types of human need. He rebuked fever in a woman who was burning up. He healed many who were weak, feeble, or backward with personality disorders. Others were healed of sickness, diseases, and illness of all types. Many others were healed of plagues which signify people who have taken relentless beating. They could have suffered from incessant negative circumstances that wore them down. We are reminded in this that Jesus has taken the beating for us. He was physically and emotionally drained.
Jesus also healed those in spiritual bondage from demons and unclean spirits. He cast uncleanness out – those spirits corrupt and pollute physically, spiritually, and sexually, as the root word suggests. Devils, unclean spirits, and uncleanness corrupt and pollute the mind distorting the human experience.
WILL YOU TOUCH THEM?
Be encouraged! Jesus wants His healing power to flow through you. Will you invite the presence of Jesus into the situation where healing is needed? Will you be the physical touch of Jesus and lay hands on the sick? Will you believe the promise that the power of God is present to heal all who are sick?
This message was adapted from a Pastor Jack Hayford teaching.