August 28, 2011 So, what is a believer to do with healing?
Why did Jesus spend so much time healing? Yet, He did not heal all who were sick. And, why did He challenge disciples with the expansive thoughts of John 14.12? Perhaps, the following two segments from the previous two lessons that were not covered in class will help us to understand the future Jesus saw for us.
Healing is to reveal God through such ‘works’.
- Jesus explained in John 9.3 why He had focused on this particular man as they passed by. God wanted to heal the man! Why did God want to heal this man? Because, this was the work of God that would evidence His presence with the people. See Exodus 34.10 and John 15.24.
- Jesus continued in verses 4-5 to point out that healing was one of the works of God that God wanted done through Him while He remained on the Earth. This would fulfill one such prophesy about Him, in Isaiah 61.1-3. See Luke 4.16-21 also, where Jesus completes the connection.
- Is the assignment to heal the sick included in Jesus’ prayer in John 17.18? Is this a reason for the Holy Spirit’s coming, as is explained in 1 Corinthians 12.4-11, especially verse 9?
- Are we the ‘light of the world’ (verse 5)?
- When we allow Jesus to heal through us, we evidence God’s presence!
Healing is an evidence of reconciliation to God.
- Luke 5.17-26 states more of Jesus’ words about sin and sickness.
- This time Jesus addresses the unbelieving religious leaders of His day. Note who the Holy Spirit was there to heal. Why do you think they did not receive healing? Note from above that God wanted to evidence His presence with the people. See John 15.24. The Pharisees and teachers did not even realize that God was present!
- Just ‘which is easier to say?’ Does this mean that one of the two sayings is harder to say? If so, which?
- Jesus declares that forgiving the man’s sins is equal to healing him from paralysis. Why are the two the same?
- To understand this, answer this question: what is the only sin that would allow sickness to ‘steal, kill, or destroy’ your body? Compare your answer to Hebrews 11.6. See Deuteronomy 7.15 for an important fact.
- Does your answer explain why the Pharisees and teachers of the law still had their sicknesses when they left Jesus’ presence?
So, defend yourself and others!
Praise God!!! Copyright © Maurice L. Painter 2011.