The healings that took place in Jesus’ earthly ministry will happen even now because He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. If we are to heal just like Jesus did, we should research and meditate on where, when, how, who, and what He healed. This article is the second of a two-part study.
Where Does Jesus Perform His Healings?
Jesus healed those who came close to Him, inasmuch as He healed some from afar. Those who could not come, but had someone else ask on their behalf were healed. The Syro-Phoenician (Canaanite) woman acknowledged her “underdog” status and earned a cure for her daughter, who had an unclean spirit (Mark 15:21-28). The Centurion who approached Jesus and appealed to Him for the servant lying at home paralyzed and suffering dreadfully got not only the healing of the servant but also praise from the Lord for his faith ( Luke 7:1-10). Jesus did not go to the Centurion’s house; but at the very hour the Centurion acknowledged his unworthiness and Jesus’ authority, the servant was healed.
Remember that Capernaum Official in Cana, who wanted Jesus to go to Capernaum with Him (John 4:46-54). He thought the son would die if Jesus did not go to him. But Jesus told him to go, the son would live. The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. Sure enough, while he was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. For us, do we believe when Jesus tells us to go, all will be well?
Jesus Heals by His Touch
Many of the healings of Jesus involved physical actions. Coming down from the mountain, Jesus stretched out his hand, touched a leper who asked to be made clean, and the leprosy was cleansed immediately (Mark 1:41). Another time, Jesus entered the house of Peter, where his mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever. Jesus approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. The fever left her and she waited on them (Matthew 8:15). In Capernaum, He laid his hands on each of the sick with various diseases and cured them (Luke 4:40). The 12-year old girl who was presumed dead was taken by the hand and told to arise (Mark 5:41-42). Jesus touched the eyes of the two blind men who believed He could heal them, and their eyes were opened (Matthew 9:29).
In the Decapolis, He took the deaf man by himself away from the crowd, put His finger into the man’s ears, spat and touched his tongue. Looking up to heaven and groaning, He ordered him to be opened. And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly (Mark 7:33-35). In Bethsaida, He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on him, not once but twice; then, the man’s sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly (Mark 8:23-25).
In Jerusalem, the man born blind had saliva-made clay smeared on his eyes, which were able to see when he went to wash them in the Pool of Siloam (John 9:6-7). Jesus laid his hands on the woman, who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit, and was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. At once stood up straight and glorified God (Luke 13:13). As they left Jericho, Jesus was moved with pity, for the two blind men sitting by the roadside. He touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him (Matthew 20:29-34). Even when the crowd came to arrest Him, and one of the disciples struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear, Jesus touched the servant’s ear and healed him (Luke 22:50-51).
Jesus Heals by His Word
We are called to incline our ears to God’s words, being attentive and not to letting them slip from our sight. We must keep them within our hearts because they bring health to one’s whole being (Proverbs 4:20-22). When God sends out His word, people are healed and delivered from their destructions (Psalm 107:20). The Centurion’s servant was healed at the very hour that Jesus said it be done for him as he believed (Matthew 8:13). Jesus is the Word of God (John 1-14). The word of God is the truth, and He consecrates us in this truth (John 17:17). Jesus is the truth (cf. John 14:6), and this truth sets us free (John 8:32).
Jesus Enjoins Us in The Ministry Of Healing
Matthew writes that Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them the authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. He commissioned them to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. He stresses that the gift of healing is to be given just as freely as it was received (Matthew 10:1-8). Jesus teaches us to heal by speaking a command of healing, and it happens (Mark 11:22-25). Jesus assures us that if two agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray (healing), it shall be granted to them by the heavenly Father (Matthew 18:19). Jesus has given the priests authority to pray and anoint the sick with oil, in the Name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If the sick one has committed any sins, he will be forgiven (James 5:14-15).
The Healing Ministry is authorized by the Lord Himself, to His chosen representatives here on earth (1 Corinthians 12:9). The Kingdom of heaven truly is at hand (Matthew 10:7). The apostles faithfully and successfully carried out the mission to go out and heal (John 14:12). They did it in the times of Jesus (Mark 6:13); in the Community (Acts 4:28-31); at Lydda (cf. Acts 9:32-34); at Joppa (Acts 39-42); at Lystra (Acts 14:8-10); at Philippi (Acts 16:18); in pairs (Acts 3:1-10); by their shadows (Acts 5:15-16); and as instructed (Acts 9:17-19).
We too, can.