The hallmark of Jesus Christ Ministry was the healing touch

Let me say first, that I have experienced two near death experiences and healings from God. I have always claimed the promises of God and trusted Him. When I laid dying in my hallway God had made provisions for the journey that I was to travel that early morning in July.  Things were set in motion for what was to come, and to His glory, honor and praise I do hereby give.  If you would like to read about it just go to the site map or about the Author page.  "By His Stripes we are healed" 

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Act 10:37-38

It all started in Galilee after the baptism that John preached-- how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

These words come from the mouth of Peter as he explains the gospel to Cornelius. For three and a half years, Peter was a firsthand witness of the ministry of Jesus and this is the overwhelming impression that the ministry of Jesus left on him. When Peter sums up the ministry of Jesus, he speaks of Jesus healing the sick, blind, and lame through the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. In his famous sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter said, "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. (Acts 2:22).

Jesus healed allI was blind but now I see

Jesus Healed all who came and asked. Healing the sick was the hallmark of Jesus' ministry. Wherever he went, people brought the sick to him, and he healed them. The Gospels show us that He did this throughout his earthly ministry. Below are the scriptures where Jesus Healed the sick, made the blind to see, the lame to walk, from the issues of blood, to demon pocession and back from the sleep of death.

Matthew 4:23-25



Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Matt. 8:16-17

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."

Matt. 9:35

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

Mark 1:33-34

The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons,

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And wherever he went--into villages, towns or countryside--they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Luke 5:15

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

Luke 9:11

but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

Even after Jesus clears the temple, he heals the sick:

Matt. 21:12-14

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers.'" The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

After John the Baptist was put in prison, he sent some of his disciples to Jesus to find out whether Jesus was really the Messiah. The reason John did this was that Jesus' ministry differed so much from his own. Even though the message that Jesus started to preach , "Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand," (Matt 3:2 and 4:17) was the same as that of John the Baptist, what Jesus DID was different from John. Jesus sums up his own ministry in his answer to John

Matt 11:4-5

Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 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.

Jesus himself said that the miracles were proof that He was from the Father: "Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves." (John 14:11)

JESUS HEALS ALL

It is important to note that Jesus healed all. From Peter's mother-in-law's fever, to the blind, to the demon possessed, no case was too small, or too hard, or too undeserving for the Lord. He refused no one who came to Him for healing. This should be the departure point for the healing ministry today. We cannot base what we believe and practice concerning healing, on our experience or any other person's experience. We need to fix our eyes on Jesus. Many people say, "My experience is that not everyone gets healed," and are therefore hesitant to go after sickness. Many even knew a godly person, who trusted the Lord for healing, and yet died. Such situations are often used as an argument against healing. To restore healing in the church, we need to look past these situations and regain our confidence in dealing with the sick directly from the ministry of Jesus. Jesus is the chief cornerstone, and without confidence in His ministry, we find ourselves unable to act with authority against sickness.


Luke 6:17-20   

A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Matt 9:35

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

JESUS COMMANDED ALL THOSE HE SENT OUT, TO HEAL THE SICK

Jesus sends out the Twelve with these instructions telling that they would do greater things.

Matt. 10:5-8

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Similarly, the seventy-two is sent out:

Luke 10:8-9

"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'

And, when after the resurrection, Jesus commands his disciples to take the Gospel to the whole world, his instructions are consistent with the above: The sick must be healed wherever the Gospel of the Kingdom is preached:

Mark 16:15-18 & 20

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." ... Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

                                                       

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