(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.
For this reason, we are looking at the details of each case.
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 to walk in that, you must know something and be skilled in it.
- As you hear these things being taught, you can receive your healing!
(Luke 6:6-11 NKJV) Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered. (7) So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him. (8) But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood. (9) Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?” (10) And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. (11) But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
(Luke 6:6 NKJV) Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered.
Jesus was teaching in the synagogue.
Ignorance is the place where Satan tries to keep people so that they are unable to receive from the Lord.
Ignorance does not mean that you are unable to learn; it means you are not taught.
Having knowledge of the Word and what belongs to us is the greatest defense you can have against the schemes of the enemy.
You cannot resist what you are unable to recognize.
(Hosea 4:6 NKJV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
The devil wants his work to go unnoticed. When he is recognized, then people might resist him.
(1 Peter 5:8-9 CEV) Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. (9) But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith. You know that all over the world the Lord’s followers are suffering just as you are.
(James 4:7 TPT) So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will turn and run away from you.
You are on the road to victory when you can recognize what the devil is up to.
Notice Jesus was teaching. Teaching not only brings light from the Word of God, but it is the cure for unbelief, doubt, and fear.
(Mark 6:6 AMPC) And He marveled because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in Him). And He went about among the surrounding villages and continued teaching. (NKJV – in a circuit)
There were probably others in that synagogue that needed healing.
Withered – (Greek) “xeros” – to dry up like a plant or tree
(Luke 6:6 BBE) And it came about, on another Sabbath, that he went into the Synagogue and was teaching there. And a man was there whose right hand was dead.
Other translations say: crippled, shriveled, paralyzed, weak and twisted, deformed, and shrunk and wasted.
Notice the Scripture says that this man’s right hand was withered. Could it be that the man was right-handed and not able to function normally, and this is what got Jesus’ attention?
Jesus is all about helping people. He would not want a man to not be able to function normally because of his condition. Jesus wanted to make the man whole.
There such a great flow of love through Jesus’ ministry of healing!
When the love of God sees a need, it wants to meet that need.
Religion does not give people that same regard.
(Luke 6:7 NKJV) So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him.
The religious leaders were not watching Jesus to see how he would bless the people and become a student of how He operated.
They were watching and listening to Jesus not looking for what was right, but what was wrong in His ministry.
How we approach a church service determines what God can do for us in that service.
No, we are not gullible and what we hear must be in line with the Word.
(1 John 2:27 NKJV) But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
Obviously, we see that these religious leaders did not receive from Jesus, and it was because they were being critical of Jesus’ ministry.
One of the reasons that these leaders had become critical of Jesus’ ministry is that He exposed by His actions to heal this man, their inability to help the man with tools that they had available. His ministry exposed their lack of fruit in their ministry.
(Luke 6:8 NKJV) But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood.
How did He know their thoughts? Through the Word of Knowledge.
Jesus did not know the thoughts of everyone there only the ones that the Holy Spirit wanted Him to know.
Their thoughts were robbing them from receiving from God and Jesus did not want their thoughts to keep the man from receiving his healing.
Jesus was even willing to help the religious leaders with their wrong thinking, but they were not willing to receive from Him.
Jesus invited the man to come and stand with Him. Jesus did not step back to avoid the opposition that was there to oppose Him. He wanted to minister to the man and was not afraid of what they thought about Him.
He just wanted to carry out the will of God and help the people!
Jesus was a man of great strength and authority.
(Luke 6:9 NKJV) Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?”
Jesus knew their thoughts but before He ministers to the man, He checks them on their wrong thinking.
This is what Jesus asked them: “Is it right on the Sabbath Day, to do something well and right for others or is it right to do something evil and mischievous? To make someone’s life whole or to destroy and cause someone to perish?”
In other words, “Are you about doing good today?” He was implying, “I am going to do something that was right and good.”
They were saying that healing was not holy enough for the Holy Day.
Anything that comes from God is holy!!!
(Luke 6:10 NKJV) And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
I believe that Jesus slowly panned around the room and looked at all those leaders present. Can you imagine how awkward that long silent stare must have been for them?
Restored – Greek: put back in a former state, put back in its former condition.
Whole – Greek: completely healthy.
Jesus told the man to do something he did not have the ability to do.
But when the man started in that direction, the power of God met him there and performed the miracle.
The power of God turned his inability into ability.
Notice the healing did not come first and then the command came.
No, the command preceded the healing.
(Luke 6:11 NKJV) But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
They should have rejoiced when the man got healed but instead, they got extremely mad about it.
Filled with rage: filled to the full
KJV – “madness” (Greek: anoia) – “lost their minds”, stupidity, They got mad because they stopped thinking clearly.
We would say: “they completely lost it…”
But notice none of that fazed Jesus at all. He could care less about what made them mad or not. He was more concerned about the man’s well-being.
Note: Some of the content in this lesson comes from Pastor Nancy Dufresne of Dufresne Ministries. You can visit their ministry at www.dufresneministries.org.