Jesus Heals Many People
Matthew 8:14-17; Mark 1: 29- 34; Luke 4: 31-44
When Jesus and his followers left the synagogue, they went to the house of Simon and Andrew for their Sabbath meal. They found Simon Peter’s mother-in-law in bed with fever in a serious condition. Jesus’ healing allowed her to rise immediately and began to wait on her guests. At sundown all the city gathered and Jesus was healing the sick and driving the demons from the possessed.
∗ The divine touch of Jesus healed the mother-in-law of Peter.
∗ The divine word of Jesus drove away the demons.
THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS
∗ The brevity of the miracles highlight the incomparable authority of Jesus as the Messiah.
∗ Christ bore both guilt and curse of our sins and with his stripes, we are healed.
∗ Both physical healing and ultimate victory over death are guaranteed by Christ.
(I Cor 15:26)
∗ Jesus casts out demons and heals many
∗ Jesus has the power to command the devils.
∗ Jesus has the determination to send the unclean spirits out of those men.
∗ Jesus rebukes the fever and the power of healing comes to Peter’s mother-in-law.
From where does all these qualities come from?
★ FROM GOD! Why?
★ HE IS THE SON OF GOD!!
On the other hand, look at the irony
∗ Satan recognises the Holiness in Jesus -the Holy One of God, whereas the pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes are not able to believe Jesus.
∗ After we are healed we have to minister Him as Peter’s mother-in-law ministered Jesus!
∗ We have to continue to have our steadfast faith in Jesus.
∗ Never doubt, but believe in Jesus and His Word.
∗ Here is a miracle to prove ‘their’ faith through the healing of a paralysed man.
Jesus Heals a Paralysed Man
Matthew 9: 1-8; Mark 2: 1-12; Luke 5:17- 26
JESUS’ GRAMMAR LESSONS ON HEALING
∗ Jesus healed the leper because of his faith. (My faith)
∗ Jesus healed the Centurion’s servant because of Centurion’s faith. (Your faith)
∗ Jesus healed the paralytic because of their faith. (Their faith)
It’s like the grammar lesson in English, first person, second person and third person.
THE CROWD IN THE HOUSE
∗ The room was noised and the four roomed house was full.
∗ It was to listen to His preaching.
THE MEN WHO LOWERED THE PARALYSED MAN
∗ A palsy man was dropped through the thatched roof of the house by four other men, whose faith was strong, for their access to reach Christ was impossible through the door, to be healed by Jesus.
∗ His healing is because of the faith of the four men who dropped him through the roof of the house.
THE SCRIBES’ QUESTION WITHIN
∗ They were reasoning out their hearts : How could this man forgive the sins of the people? It’s blasphemy. Only God could.
ALL KNOWING JESUS
∗ Jesus has the sense of perception in His spirits.
∗ He declared: The Son of man hath power on earth to forgive his sins and to heal his sickness. ∗ The sick man was forgiven and healed.
THE RIPPLED FAITH
∗ Faith was like a ripple spreading to larger multitudes.
THE NEGATIVE THINKERS
∗ Among the multitudes, there were some negative thinkers too. They were the Scribes and the Pharisees and the religious leaders.
THE POWER OF JESUS
∗ Jesus’ power of forgiving and healing overshadowed the cross of Jesus.
∗ Forgiveness is invisible whereas healing is visible.
JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS AND WE HAVE BEEN HEALED
THE PRAYING JESUS
∗ In verse 16, Jesus shows us the importance of prayer.
∗ Whenever, he finds time in solitude, he seeks to God in prayer.
∗ Prayer is an expression of dependence upon His Father.
∗ Through prayer Jesus draws strength and power to do the will of God.
∗ Jesus does everything in obedience to the will of God.
Lord, when we are sick, let’s not become the slave of our ailments. Instead, let’s ask for Your authority, power and determination and pray with the right words to cast away our sickness. Let’s have steadfast faith to be healed of all our iniquities. Let’s be forgiven and healed with Your right words. Amen.
Glory be to God
They were sitting, even though house was packed with people. In those days, sitting was a position of authority. A teacher did not stand and teach; Jesus sat (4:20-21). The Pharisees posture may indicate their skepticism of Jesus’ authority.