Did you know that the ministry of Jesus was a reflection of the Father?
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
Many Christians today pray for a deeper revelation of God. I have prayed prayers like this and am sure that you have as well. We pray for God to reveal Himself to us but are not spending time in His Word which is the first place we should turn.
And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
Jesus said that He did only those things that pleased the Father. With this in mind I think that it would be safe to say that what we see depicted in the Gospel accounts would be a reflection of the Father’s will.
One thing we should take note of is that Jesus did not say He was the Father. There are some in the Church today who teach that Jesus and the Father are the same individual but Scripture teaches us differently.
I believe that everything we can see Jesus doing in the Gospel accounts is a direct revelation of the will of God. He is unchanging and so it seems that the logical conclusion would be that His ministry was not just a picture of God’s will at that small point in time. I believe that His ministry was actually a revelation of the will of God for every man or woman who will ever live.
So let’s take this to the next logical conclusion. The individual healing accounts that we will examine will reveal the Father’s will for every person if Jesus was only doing those things that pleased the Father.
Our ultimate goal in this series of posts is to learn about God’s will regarding the healing of our bodies. If everything Jesus did, said, taught, and preached is a revelation of God’s will then I believe we should focus particularly on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Jon.
When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
The first healing we are going to study is that of the leper. He approached Jesus questioning whether or not it was God’s will for Him to be healed. Before we dig into this account let’s take a look at how the healing is recorded by Luke.
And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Luke was a medical doctor. His account tends to provide more details about the conditions people were afflicted with. We see an example of this is the account of the leper with his addition of the word “full”:
And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy…
Luke tells us that the man was “full of leprosy” indicating an advanced condition.
But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.
Luke tells us that the lepers healing caused “great multitudes” to gather. That is a lot of people! They came to “hear” and “be healed”.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Paul tells us that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The multitudes came to Jesus with a desire to be healed. They wanted to be healed but Luke tells us that the came to first to “hear” and then to be “healed”.
Faith will require a hearing ear. Many people fail in their quest to receive healing because they are looking for a shortcut. They travel from meeting to meeting hoping to find a preacher with the “right touch”. There is nothing wrong with receiving prayer for healing if that is what we need but we must not seek an experience before the Word.
So we see that in Jesus’ ministry the people came first to hear and then to be healed. I am not sure why we would think that anything has changed. Jesus said He only did those things that pleased the Father.
As we examine His ministry we will see that He taught more than He preached or healed the sick. Unfortunately it seems that today we preach and pray for the sick much more than we teach. Could this be the reason we are not seeing the works of Jesus in greater manifestation today?
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