The Healings of Jesus – Part 18
The Healing of a Multitude
(John 21:25 AMPC) And there are also many other things which Jesus did. If they should be all recorded one by one [in detail], I suppose that even the world itself could not contain (have room for) the books that would be written.
There were innumerable healings and miracles performed by Jesus, but we do not have record of them all. We do have record of 19 of them and because the Holy Spirit instructed those men to record them for us, we should take the time to study them.
In studying these healings, we can learn that if we will do what the people did, we can receive what the people got. (Acts 10:34)
For this reason, we are looking at the details of each case.
(Acts 10:38 AMPC) How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.
(Acts 10:38 MSG) Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him.
(Acts 10:38 Williams) how God consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and then He went about doing good and curing all who were overpowered by the devil, because God was with Him.
Remember, pay attention to the details. Sometimes the key for you to be able to receive from Heaven is in the details.
In studying these healing miracles, we can learn how to receive healing for ourselves and learn how to minister healing to others.
This is a summary of the ministry of Jesus: He went about teaching, preaching, and healing.
(Matthew 4:23 NKJV) And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
(Matthew 9:35 NKJV) Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
We want to emphasize what Jesus emphasized!
These truths belong to us!
Preaching is a proclaiming of the Good News and is designed to draw the attention of people. Teaching brings people into knowledge and revelation of what belongs to us as believers.
- We need to hear proper teaching on healing so that we can cooperate with the healing power of God.
- What you hear, is going to be what you have faith to receive.
- Jesus wants you to have a life of health and healing and for you to walk in it, you must know something about it and be skilled in what you know.
- In teaching these things, we are doing the works of Jesus, so receive your healing!
- As you hear these things being taught, you can receive your healing!
(Mark 6:53-56 NKJV) When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. (54) And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, (55) ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. (56) Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
This passage does not highlight one specific case of healing but a multitude of healings that occurred. But there are things in this that we can see and glean from the Word.
(Mark 6:53 NKJV) When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there.
(Luke 5:1 NKJV) So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,
We see in this passage that the people of Gennesaret pressed upon Jesus to hear the Word.
(Luke 5:1 BBE) Now it came about that while the people came pushing to be near him, and to have knowledge of the word of God…
(Luke 5:1 MSG) Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God.
Notice at this time that Jesus was in Gennesaret, the people were not there for healing but for hearing.
The Word of God put faith, expectation, and action into the hearts of the people.
This shows us the spiritual hunger of these people. It also shows us that the people had a regard for the Word of God.
When you have an honor and respect for the Word of God, manifestation is not far from you.
Spiritual hunger is key to receiving what you need from God.
There are people that come to the dinner table and are not very hungry and there are those that come to the dinner table and are starving. What is the difference? The way they regard the dinner table.
When you come to the table and you are not very hungry or you do not care for the things that are prepared on the table, you will let things pass you by. People that are hungry do not let things pass them by. They are taking whatever is available to them.
It matters how you approach the Word of God!
This community had a regard for Jesus and the Word that He preached and taught.
Your healing is connected to your hearing! Your miracle is connected to your hearing!
Many times, people want what the Word has but they don’t want to take the time to hear the Word.
You position yourself to receive from God by hearing the Word of God. Why? Because faith comes, is fed, and increases by hearing the Word of God.
God desires for everyone who is sick to be healed and well BUT we are going to receive our healing the way that He prescribes. In other words, we need to learn how He operates so that we can co-operate with Him.
These things are not automatic!!!
Cooperate – (Dictionary) Work jointly with someone toward the same end or result
(Deuteronomy 30:15 NLT) “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster.
(Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NLT) “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (20) You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
God does not adjust Himself or re-write His Word to accommodate us. We must adjust our lives, our heart, and our belief to accommodate Him and to receive from Him. We come into line with His Word.
(Luke 4:16-30 NKJV) So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. (17) And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: (18) “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED; (19) TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” (20) Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. (21) And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (22) So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” (23) He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.’ ” (24) Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. (25) But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; (26) but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. (27) And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” (28) So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, (29) and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. (30) Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.
What happened in Nazareth? Jesus went there and proclaimed that He was anointed to minister to them. They could have allowed that Word to produce faith in them and then received whatever it was that they needed. But because they rejected what He preached and rejected Him, they received nothing except a few people with minor ailments were healed.
They did not cooperate with the power of God that was present that day in the Lord Jesus and receive their need met.
The Word of God must be a part of our daily life, not just our church life.
The Word is the container of the faith. When you partake of what the Word holds, you get the contents too. (Can of beans from the grocery store.) When you get the Word, you get the faith.
Notice the people of Gennesaret did not come just for healing. They came to hear the Word taught by Jesus and therefore they were ready to receive their healing.
(Mark 6:54-55 NKJV) And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, (55) ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was.
Immediately the people recognized Him. This says that they remembered Him from when He taught there. They responded to what they knew about Jesus.
He must have taught about healing there because the Word says that they went to get the sick so they could be healed.
They brought the sick to Jesus because they knew that help could be found with Jesus.
Notice in verse 55, they RAN. They responded as someone that expected something. People that are not expecting do not run!
(Mark 11:24 KJV) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Notice this verse does not start out talking about faith or prayer. The order of this verse is:
- Believe or Faith
Sometimes we don’t have a faith problem. Sometimes we have a desire problem. We need to be not OK with not receiving.
We cannot be passive where receiving from God is concerned.
How big is your desire?
(Matthew 11:12 AMPC) And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize–a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].
Violent – those making the intense effort
Take it by force – the ones actually entering in
(Matthew 11:12 TPT) From the moment John stepped onto the scene until now, the realm of heaven’s kingdom is bursting forth, and passionate people have taken hold of its power.
The people of Gennesaret were aggressive in desiring to receive from Jesus.
Don’t be passive and halfhearted towards receiving from God. Why? Because your enemy is wholehearted in trying to keep you from receiving from God.
You are going to have to desire your victory more than the enemy desires your defeat.
How does faith act?
- Study the Word.
- Get to church.
- Speak the Word over your situation.
- Make it a lifestyle.
- Worship God for your healing.
- You do everything you can.
(Mark 6:56 NKJV) Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.