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065 Jesus – The Great Healer

‘Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame leap as the hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing’

Isaiah 35:5,6

Key Verse:

“They that are well have no need of the physician, but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners unto repentance”   (Mark 2:17)

(Mark 1,2)

In our journey through the Holy Scriptures, we are now studying in the book of the Gospel. This is the holy book which relates the Good News about the Messiah who came into the world to free the children of Adam from the power of Satan and sin. In our last lesson, we read that Jesus the Messiah began to visit the towns, teaching the multitudes and healing every disease and sickness among the people, causing His name to become famous throughout the land.

We continue the story of Jesus the Messiah to see how

His teachings and His works were very different from all who preceded Him.

Jesus did not have a wife, a house, or worldly riches. He was unique among men. Only one thing was important to Him:

to do the will of the One who sent Him;

to finish the work which God had given Him to do.

In the Gospel of Mark, the Scripture says: (Mark 1:21-28) “And they went into Carpenaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine; for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, Let us alone! What have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee, who thou art,

the Holy One of God.

And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What is this? For with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they obey him. And imme-diately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee”.

The teachings of Jesus were very different from the teachings of the teachers of the law. All who were listening to Jesus in the synagogue {special building for worship and instruction in the Scriptures} were amazed at His words because He taught them with an authority which their teachers of the law did not have.

You know about the teachers of the law. They were supposed to explain the Pentateuch, the Psalms and the other books of the prophets. However, most of them could not correctly explain the Holy Scriptures, because they did not really understand them! They knew all about their religious duties and the traditions of their ancestors, but

they did not know the Word of the LORD.

These religious “experts” honoured God with their lips, but did not love His Word. Thus, when Jesus, who had never studied in their schools of religious training, entered their synagogue and began to explain the Scriptures with authority and clarity,

these teachers were greatly embarrassed.

To add to their humiliation, the people in the synagogue were totally amazed by Jesus’ words and works and were asking each other, “Who is this? Where does He get this new teaching? How can He teach with such authority? He even commands evil spirits,

and they obey Him!

We have never seen anything like this! No one has ever taught like this man! No one has ever done such things as He!”

Truly, since the day that Adam sinned until the day that Jesus began to do miracles,

people had never seen anyone who was so powerful.

But now they were seeing One who could speak a single word, and Satan and his demons would flee! Only the Messiah who came from heaven could do that! Did you hear what the demon possessed man had said to Jesus? He cried out saying, “What have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us?

I know thee, who thou art, the Holy One of God!”

The demons knew exactly where Jesus came from and who He was, though most of the people did not know who Jesus really was. Satan and his evil angels greatly feared the Lord Jesus, because they knew with certainty that He was the Word by which God had created the heavens and the earth in the beginning. They knew that Jesus was the Holy One who had the authority to throw them into the eternal fire! That is why they trembled with fear

at the name of Jesus.

Now then, let us continue in chapter one. The Scripture says: (Mark 1:29-42) “And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and straightway they tell him of her. And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and

immediately the fever left her,

and she ministered unto them. And in the evening, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and those who were possessed with demons. And all the city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many that were sick of diverse diseases, and cast out many demons; and permitted not the demons to speak, because

they knew him.

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place,

and there prayed.

And Simon and they that were with him, followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also; for therefore came I forth. And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out demons. And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And

Jesus, moved with compassion,

put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed”.

Jesus healed people of every disease and sickness,

showing compassion to the descendants of Adam, because they were weary and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. But there was another reason for the many great miracles which Jesus did. Jesus healed every kind of disease and drove out demons to prove to the children of Adam that

He was the Messiah

whom God had promised so long ago through His prophets. For instance, we have already read that the prophet Isaiah, hundreds of years before Jesus was even born, wrote that when the Messiah comes, 

“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame leap as the hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing” (Isa. 35:5,6)

With these words, the prophet Isaiah announced that

the Messiah would do miracles that no one had ever done.

We have already read how God gave Moses and Elijah the ability to do great miracles. But the miracles which those two prophets did were few compared to the miracles which the Messiah did. Also, Moses and Elijah did not have any power of their own to perform miracles. However, Jesus the Messiah overflowed with the power of God, because He Himself is the very power of God!

Continuing in Gospel of Mark, the Scripture says: (Mark 2:1-12) “And again he entered Capernaum after some days; and it was reported that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door; and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, who was borne by four. And when they could not come near unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was; and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed in which the sick of the palsy lay.

When Jesus saw their faith,

he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies?

Who can forgive sins but God only?

And immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Which is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth

to forgive sins

 (he saith unto the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion”.

In this story, we see that the power of Jesus was not limited to healing a person’s sick body, but

He also had the power to heal a person’s sinful heart!

Jesus, who is the Great Physician (Doctor), knew that the most critical problem the lame man had was not his lame legs, but the sin that was in his heart. That is why Jesus first said to him,

“Son, your sins are forgiven.”

What were the teachers of the law thinking when Jesus said this? They were saying to themselves, “Jesus is blaspheming! No one can forgive sins but God alone!” Their thoughts were partly true and partly false. It is true that no one can forgive sins

except God alone.

However, when the teachers of the law thought that Jesus was blaspheming God, they were mistaken because they did not realise that Jesus was the Mediator whom God had sent down to make sinners right with God.

Jesus was the Word of God;

thus when Jesus said “Your sins are forgiven,” it was God Himself saying, “Your sins are forgiven!” The Lord Jesus was the voice of God on earth! And not only that, Jesus is also the One who was born to give His life as the perfect Sacrifice which takes away sin forever. As a father grants his son the authority to work for him and to speak for him, so God gave Jesus the authority to forgive sins.

Forgiveness of sin is found only in the Lord Jesus.

But the teachers of the law did not believe this.

Before we finish this lesson, let us read on a little farther in the verses that follow. The Scripture says: “And as Jesus passed forth from there, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the tax office; and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him” (Matt 9:9).   “And it came to pass that, as Jesus was eating in his house (Matthew’s), many tax collectors and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many,

and they followed him.

And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with tax collectors and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with tax collectors and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are well have no need of the physician, but they that are sick.

I came not to call the righteous,

but sinners unto repentance.” (Mark 2:15-17)

With those words, Jesus, the Great Physician, wanted to show the teachers of the law that they were sick before God because of their sin. But these religious teachers did not recognize their sin. In fact, they were criticising Jesus because He was eating with tax collectors and those who were known as “sinners.” However, to be with sinners and to heal them of their sin is the very reason for which Jesus was born!

How about you,

do you realise that you were born with a terrible disease called

sin?

The sin within you is why you must die and come before the judgement of God the Holy One. But praise God, there is One who can heal you of the sin in your heart! Do you know who that One is? Yes, it is Jesus the Messiah—the One who was without sin and who came into the world to save the children of Adam from their sins. However, before the Lord Jesus can cure your heart of sin, you must first recognize that you are sick with sin. Only those who know they are sick will go to the doctor. Likewise, only those who know they are sinners will turn to Jesus,

the Savior of sinners.

Jesus did not come for those who imagine that they are righteous, but for those who know that they are sinners. That is why He said to the teachers of the law, They that are well have no need of the physician, but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners unto repentance.”

In our next lesson, in the will of God, we will continue in the Gospel and hear some wonderful words which came from the mouth of Jesus, the Healer of sinners.

God bless you as you think upon the Lord’s words to the teachers of the law: 

“They that are well have no need of the physician, but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners unto repentance. (Mark 2:17)

We would invite you to answer the questions attached and send them together with any questions that you might have