Posts Tagged ‘Healing


People, Not Policies

John 5:16-18 (NIV)

So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them,“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 1For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

We can get so caught up in following man-made rules that we sometimes forget that people are more important than rules and policies. The relationship that we have with people is more important than whether or not they follow some policy or rule that we’ve made up or our interpretation of a commandment of Scripture. 
Jesus had healed the paralyzed man on the Sabbath and told him to pick up his mat and walk. The Jews began to persecute Him because of this. Jesus responds by telling them that His Father was always working and that He was working like His Father, even on the Sabbath. 
The Jewish religious leaders were so concerned with Jesus’ healing activity on the Sabbath that they missed the fact that Jesus had healed a paralyzed man. They missed the fact that God had done something amazing because they were more concerned about their policy. They completely missed the fact that Jesus was God in human flesh because of their interpretation of the commandment to honor the Sabbath and keep it holy. Then, when Jesus made Himself equal with God by claiming God and His Father, they began to persecute Him and tried to kill Him.
We have to be on guard against implementing rules and policies in the church that cause people to be seen as less important than our interpretation of Scripture. While we can have good intentions with our policies and procedures, if we aren’t careful, we’ll make them more important than people. God comes first and people come second and then everything else comes after. 
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, You gave Your Son for us to rescue us from eternal death. Thank You for this gift of eternal life. Help me to be able to see people as You see us. Help me to see people as more important than rules and policies. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, amen.

Do You Want To Get Well?

John 5:1-9 (NIV)

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him,“Do you want to get well?”

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

There was a superstition regarding the pool at Bethesda. It was believed that an angel would descend and stir up the waters in the pool. The first person who could get in the water when this happened could be healed. Whether this was true or not, we don’t really know.
On this particular day, Jesus approached the pool. He discovered that there was a man there who had been an invalid for 38 years. Jesus singled him out for healing. Why this man? Why not any or all of the countless others who had been there for quite some time? Only Jesus knows.
Jesus approached the man and asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6, NIV) and the man indicates that he’s been trying to do this for quite some time. Yes! He wants to get well, but he’s been unable to do what it takes on his own.
What is interesting is that Jesus heals the man without asking him anything about his faith in Him or even God. Jesus puts no stipulations or conditions on the man for healing. He just heals him. Muscles that had atrophied were filled with strength. He hadn’t walked in thirty-eight years! Now he was up and moving about by the power of Jesus.
Jesus has the power to heal us today. He heals broken hearts, minds and bodies. He gives strength to our atrophied faith muscles. Even when we don’t quite believe the right things. Even when we don’t have anyone else to help us. Jesus knows all about your troubled heart and soul. He’s coming for you and He’s got healing in His hands. Reach out to Him in faith and let Him pick you up and heal you.
PRAYER: Lord God, I am in need of Your healing today. My heart and soul are troubled. I feel alone and desperate. No one else can help me but You. I need Your healing touch. You know my pain and my heartache. Give life to my atrophied soul. In Jesus’ healing name, amen.

Jesus The Healer

John 4:43-54 (NIV)

After the two days he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there.
46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”
The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”
53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole householdbelieved.
54 This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.

The royal official “took Jesus at His word.” This man was desperate for Jesus to heal his son. He literally begged Jesus to come and heal him. Large crowds would follow Jesus everywhere and this man had managed to get to Jesus. He begs the Lord to come and heal his son because he was going to die. This is a desperate father.
Jesus knew the hearts of the people around Him. He knew that they would never believe unless they saw signs and wonders. He could have quizzed the man about what he truly believed, but He didn’t. Instead, Jesus, showing command over time and space, heals the man’s son from afar.
How desperate are you for healing in your life? Whether it is for someone else or for yourself, are you desperate for healing? Have you taken your brokenness to Jesus? He’s the only one who can heal it. Whether it is a broken body or a broken heart, Jesus can heal it if it is His will. The questions is, will you take Him at His word? Do you believe that He can heal you if it is His will? He knows what is best and if it is best for you to be healed, He can do it in this moment. Trust Him for healing in your life. Let Him reach across time and space to bring healing to your body, heart and soul. Take your brokenness to Him and find the healing you desire.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I pray for Your healing in my life today. I am broken and I need You to fix the broken places in my life. Mend the broken relationships. Heal my broken body. Restore my broken soul. Thank You for Your healing power. Amen.

The Power Of Jesus’ Touch

Matthew 8:2-4

New International Version (NIV)

2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

The power of touch is an amazing one.  Jesus is approached by a leper who knows that Jesus can heal him.  Luke says that Jesus was being followed by large crowds and that the man begged Jesus to heal him.  He was desperate.  Leprosy meant that you were kicked out of the community. You had to live outside the city.  You had to leave your wife and kids.  What would happen to your family?  Who would take care of them?  This was devastating and you would eventually die.  Alone.
One day you hear that He is coming near.  You’ve heard stories of miracles.  You’ve heard that He just might be the Messiah!  Could it be?  Could He heal your body?  Could He heal your aching heart?  You decide that you’re going to go for it.  As the crowd approaches, you make your move.  You run to Him and as the crowd gasps in horror at your disfigured face, you begin to beg and plead with the One called Jesus.  In faith you cry out,

Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. – Matthew 8:2 (NIV)

You wait for His reply.  It seems as though hours pass.  What will He say?  What will He do?  You’re unclean and there is no reason for Him to do anything for you?  You may even start to doubt yourself.  “Who do you think you are?  Why should He help you?  You’re no one special!  Maybe you should just go back to the other lepers.”  Then you feel something you haven’t felt in quite some time.  Touch.  Jesus touched you.  He touched you.  You see, lepers were not to be touched.  To touch someone with leprosy would render the person who touched them ceremonially unclean.  It was absolutely forbidden.

He then utters the sweetest words you’ve ever heard, “I am willing.  Be clean!”  Just like that your leprous skin begins to transform!  Your world has been transformed!  A million thoughts rush through your mind!  By the end of this day, you will be tucking your kids into bed for the first time in weeks, maybe months!  You have been given the greatest gift!  You have been given your life back through the power of Jesus’ touch!

My friends, we are all like spiritual lepers.  We are all untouchable.  But Jesus is willing to touch our lives with His healing power.  He can heal our hearts.  He can heal our souls.  He can heal the broken places in our lives like none other.  We must simply believe and ask.  He will touch your life today and heal you in ways you’ve never even dreamed of.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Jesus who has touched my life in many amazing ways. Thank You for the healing You have given me. I’m still broken and still in need of Your healing touch. Please heal me today in Jesus’ name, amen.

Holding On Too Tight

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked Him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?   How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!  Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”  So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.  But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place.  Many followed Him, and He healed all their sick, warning them not to tell who He was. — Matthew 12:9-16 (NIV)

The Pharisees were holding on as tight as they could.  What were they holding on to, though?  Was it the Law or was it their positions of power and prestige?  When Jesus came on the scene, the Pharisees were respected and admired.  Jesus changed that.  He confronted them and revealed their innermost selfish and self-centered desires.  He showed them to be self-righteous glory seekers.  Worse yet, verse 15 says that “many followed Him…”.  In other words, Jesus took away their cash cow.  He was popular and they were jealous.

So they tried to trip Him up.  They conveniently find a man with a shriveled hand and they get all theological on Jesus.  Jesus brings it back to the basics of “mercy, not sacrifice” (Hosea 6:6; He quoted it just before this story takes place).  They had no argument against what He said!  He was right (He still is, btw)!  Since they couldn’t argue with Him, they started hatching a plot to kill Him.  They held on too tight — not to the Law, but to their own self-centered desires.

What they didn’t know is that the plot to kill Jesus had been hatched thousands of years before they came on the scene.  When humanity fell in the Garden of Eden, God set into motion the events necessary to restore the relationship between Himself and His most prized creation.  He would allow His only Son to be crucified so that sins could be forgiven and sinners could be set free.

What are you holding onto today that is getting in the way of really serving Jesus?  What are you grasping so tightly that prevents you from seeing what is truly important?

PRAYER: Father, help me to let go of the things that keep me from loving and serving Jesus.  I only want to hold on tightly to Him.   Thank You for never letting me go.  Amen.



God’s Got Your Back

Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.  — Proverbs 11:21 (NIV)

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. — Romans 12:17-21 (NIV)

How much do we really trust God?  Do we trust Him enough to know that no wicked person or wicked deed will go unpunished?  Do we trust Him enough to know that He’s got our back?  That those who seek to do us harm or take advantage of us or gossip about us are seen by our Heavenly Father and He is truly in charge and will work everything out in the end.  This is a tough issue.  We are so very human and when someone hurts us and cuts us deeply we want to take revenge.  To not only get even, but to punish them for what they’ve done to us.  In Scripture, God makes it pretty clear that that is not our job.

We’ve all been hurt by others and in a myriad of ways.  Perhaps you have been hurt by your spouse or another Christian.  Maybe he or she was a co-worker or a boss or a classmate.  Somewhere along this journey of life we have all been hurt by someone.  Don’t let bitterness take root in your heart as you plot revenge.  God knows and God’s got your back.  He’ll repay their hurtful words and actions.  Let God work in their lives and let God work on your heart.  Ask Him to take away the pain and fill your life with peace that surpasses understanding.  Ask Him for the strength to forgive others who have wronged you and trust Him to fight your battle for you.  He is a God of justice and will repay those who have wronged you.  And perhaps by your willingness to forgive there can be healing and your opponent might find their way to the gracious love of God expressed in Jesus.

PRAYER: Father, I need to trust You to fight my battles for me today.  There are people in my life who have hurt me and I need to forgive them and to let You handle my heart.  I ask that You would heal my heart and give peace to my soul.  Take away my desire for revenge and help me to leave this situation and my hurt in Your hands.  Amen.


The Power Of God When You’re Desperate

Today’s sermon from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on John 4:43-54 and is about the miracle of Jesus healing a royal official’s son from a long distance.

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