Jesus, Our Healer

Jesus Our Healer

At the conclusion of Acts, we find Paul in Rome, trying to convince people about Jesus (28:23-31). Of everything Paul said, Luke highlights one statement in particular:

“The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:

___ Go to this people, and say,
___ You will indeed hear but never understand,
_____ and you will indeed see but never perceive.
___ For this people’s heart has grown dull,
_____ and with their ears they can barely hear,
_____ and their eyes they have closed;
___ lest they should see with their eyes
_____ and hear with their ears
___ and understand with their heart
_____ and turn, and I would heal them.” (Acts 28:25-27)

What should we make of these prophetic words, “I would heal them”?

Historical Instances of Physical Healing by Jesus

  • An official whose son was ill (John 4:46-53) – The man believed the word that Jesus spoke.
  • Simon’s mother-in-law with a high fever (Luke 4:38-39) – Jesus “rebuked” the fever, and it left.
  • That evening, all who were sick (Matt 8:16-17) – “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
  • A leper (Mark 1:40-42) – “Moved with pity,” Jesus touched him.
  • A centurion’s servant (Matt 8:5-13) – Jesus “marveled” at such faith.
  • A paralytic (Mark 2:1-12) – “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”
  • A man with a withered hand (Matt 12:9-13) – “Of how much more value is a man than a sheep!”
  • A widow’s son (Luke 7:11-15) – Jesus “had compassion on her.”
  • A woman with a discharge of blood for 12 years (Matt 9:20-22) – “Your faith has made you well.”
  • Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:21-24, 35-42) – “Do not fear, only believe.”
  • Two blind men (Matt 9:27-30) – “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
  • An invalid (John 5:1-9) – “Do you want to be healed?”
  • Many who were sick (Matt 14:34-36) – “That they might only touch the fringe of his garment.”
  • A man who was deaf and had a speech impediment (Mark 7:31-35) – “Be opened.”
  • A blind man (Mark 8:22-25) – “He saw everything clearly.”
  • A man born blind (John 9:1-7) – “I am the light of the world.”
  • A woman who could not fully straighten herself (Luke 13:10-13) – “You are freed.”
  • A man with dropsy (Luke 14:1-4) – Jesus “took him and healed him and sent him away.”
  • Ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19) – “Your faith has made you well.”
  • Lazarus (John 11:1-44) – “Lazarus, come out.”
  • Two blind men (Matt 20:29-34) – Jesus “in pity touched their eyes.”
  • Malchus’ right ear (Luke 22:47-51) – “No more of this!”

In What Way Do We Need to be Healed (Acts 28:26-27)? Without God’s Intervention, We Are…

  • Blind (Acts 26:16-18; 2 Pet 1:5-9)
  • Deaf (Heb 5:11-14; 2 Tim 4:3-4; Acts 7:57)
  • Dull of heart (Rom 2:4-5; Eph 4:18)
  • Dead (James 1:14-15; Rom 6:23; Col 2:13)

What Can We Learn from Jesus’ Healings?

  • Jesus is moved with pity and compassion to act on our behalf (Rom 5:6-8; 1 Pet 2:24).
  • “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Heb 11:6)
  • “Do you want to be healed?” (Rom 6:20-21; Acts 2:38)
  • “Do not fear, only believe.” (Heb 2:14-18; John 3:16, 36)

This sermon was delivered on August 4, 2013.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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