Jesus Miracles Healing

  Jesus Miracles Healing

What were Jesus' miracles of healing?

Jesus' miracles of healing gave validity to His ministry. He was a physician, a healer whose time was consumed with encounters involving people who were sick, blind, lame, deaf, leprous, paralyzed, or mentally ill.

Jesus' healing ministry would have been understood by first-century Palestinian Jews as miraculous: He was neither a trained physician nor a magician, but healed by divine power. It must be stressed that, different from all other known examples, Jesus healed all who were brought to Him, not simply one or two individuals at different times. Jesus' ability to heal universally would certainly have commended Him to the masses as an extraordinary individual.

It is important to note that the healing power from Jesus went beyond curing broken bones and ailing bodies. Sickness -- and, therefore, healing -- is not simply a biological or physical phenomenon. It touches every level of our existence as a human being: physical, emotional, social, spiritual.

Jesusí touch did more than send healing power into sick bodies. This physical contact also cut through barriers of isolation and was a sign of Jesusí compassion and solidarity with suffering people. When a leper approached Jesus asking to be healed, Jesus first touched him -- an action that meant ritual impurity in Jewish Law (Mark 1:40-45). It was an action of extraordinary compassion putting Jesus in vital contact with this human being forced by social custom and indeed legislation to live in isolation and misery. Leprosy in those times had the kind of symbolic dimension that AIDS has for many people today. Jesus broke down walls of alienation and centuries of prejudice by the simple but powerful gesture of reaching out and touching the body of the leper. Over and over again in the biography accounts, Jesus deliberately touched sick and disabled persons.

Jesus' miracles healing - His call for Faith
Jesus encouraged the active involvement of the sick in their own healing -- faith was a necessary ingredient. "Faith," as expressed in the healing stories, entailed a strong trust in Godís healing power and the determination to gain access to it. Over and over, Jesus praised those He healed for their faith (Mark 5:25-34). On the flip side, a lack of faith limited Jesus' healing in His hometown (Matthew 13:53-58). Jesus never healed when asked to prove Himself. He only healed when people expected or asked to be healed.

Jesus' healings were also used to support His claim to the promised Messiah. When John the Baptist was in prison, he sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus whether He was "the one who was to come." Jesus responded: "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor" (Luke 7:18-23).

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