(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 it, you must know something and be skilled in what you know.
- As you hear these things being taught, you can receive your healing!
(Luke 14:1-6 NKJV) Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. (2) And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. (3) And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” (4) But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. (5) Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” (6) And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
(Luke 14:1 NKJV) Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely.
Jesus was not invited to Sunday dinner for the purpose of enjoyment and fellowship. He was invited to an unfriendly setting so that they might set Him up and criticize what He was doing.
Talk about a tense lunch!
(Luke 14:2 NKJV) And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy.
Could they have put this sick man right in front of Jesus so that they could catch Him doing something wrong?
Dropsy is a condition of excess fluid that builds up inside of limbs and cavities and the condition was obvious to those that looked at the individual. It causes abnormal swelling the body. The modern term is edema.
(Luke 14:3 NKJV) And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
Notice Jesus “answered” although no question had been asked of Him. He was answering the setup that had been placed before Him.
Again, they do not think that healing was holy enough to take place on the Sabbath Day. That is why He posed the question to them.
(GREEK) – “Is it right” or “is it outside of the law” or “is it a moral possibility” to heal this man?
Jesus is trying to discredit the wrong thinking of the religious leaders. Healing is a right flow because it comes from God Himself.
God is holy and He is a healer, therefore, healing is a holy thing to God.
(Luke 14:4 NKJV) But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go.
They refused to answer His question and did not say a word in response to His question.
Although they did not say anything, their heart attitude had not changed and was obvious by their silence.
Jesus took the man and healed him. In the Greek, it says that Jesus took the man and laid hold on him and held him, possibly embracing him.
This shows the heart of Jesus and that He wanted to help the man and relieve him of this condition in his body. It did not matter who was watching Him or looking to criticize Him. This truly is the heart of God towards the ills of mankind.
(Luke 14:5 NKJV) Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?”
Jesus said that they would help and pull an animal out of a pit, and He would therefore pull a man out of a pit of sickness and disease.
He pointed out that they would have more compassion on an animal than they would this man that was there in their midst.
This was misplaced compassion on their part.
By the law, they were forbidden to work on the Sabbath Day. Jesus was saying to them, that for them to pull an animal out of a pit is more work than it was for Him to pull a man out of a pit on the Sabbath Day. In other words, healing this man was nothing to Him work wise. It was an easy thing for Jesus!
With Jesus not only is everything possible, but everything is also easy. It is no effort for Him to heal someone.
It is a work but not a hard work.
(Genesis 18:14 NKJV) Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
(Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV) ‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
(Jeremiah 32:27 NKJV) “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
(Luke 14:6 NKJV) And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
They could not argue with the results that Jesus produced.
Jesus was not proud of the fact that the leaders did not receive from Him. Rather, He would that they had changed their thinking and their hearts to receive from Him.
Jesus was trying to get their focus off their rules and onto the Word so they could be ministered to.
(John 4:46-54 NKJV) So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. (47) When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. (48) Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” (49) The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” (50) Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. (51) And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” (52) Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” (53) So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. (54) This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.
(John 4:46-47 NKJV) So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. (47) When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
This was the second miracle Jesus did in Galilee. The first miracle was at the wedding of Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine.
The Nobleman had enough faith to come to Jesus and ask Him to come down and heal his son. Perhaps he had heard of what had happened at the wedding earlier. Because he was a nobleman, maybe he was at the wedding that day.
We can assume that the son is of age where his father could pray or use his faith on his behalf and Jesus allowed it.
(John 4:48 NKJV) Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”
(John 4:48 BBE) Then Jesus said to him, You will not have faith if you do not see signs and wonders.
The man had misplaced faith. His faith was based more on the spectacular happening instead of just faith in Jesus and the anointing that was on Him.
Brother Hagin used to say, “Many seek the spectacular and miss the supernatural.” This was the case with this man.
But notice Jesus did not move on from the man. He was endeavoring to get the man to move his faith to the correct place so that He could help him.
The man had his faith on Jesus coming to his house, much like a lucky charm or rabbit’s foot instead of the Word of God.
This would be like having religious objects placed in your home thinking that those things will work to protect you from something bad happening to you or your household.
(John 4:49-50 NKJV) The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” (50) Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
Jesus did not do anything that the man asked him to do. He did not come to his house and He did not even pray for the man’s son.
So, what does Jesus do? He gives the man the Word of God to believe so that he could put his faith in the Word and not what he could see.
Jesus will always try to move people to believe the Word of God.
Jesus wanted the man to believe that his son was healed just because Jesus said so!
And it worked! The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and he went his way. He took Jesus at His word. This is the kind of faith that pleases God – that simply takes Him at His Word without any proof or evidence in the natural.
How do we know he believed it? He obeyed it and put action to what he believed. He walked off from Jesus as though it was done, that his son was healed.
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.