Ever wonder how to heal the way Jesus healed?
Jesus was an amazing healer. He restored life to the dead, and wholeness to the sick, blind, deaf, and lame. Jesus did this with love and by seeing people the way God sees them: sinless, healthy, happy, whole, perfect.
Jesus was able to heal because of his very close relationship with God. He said he and his Father—God—were one (see John 10:30). This means God is the healer. Jesus couldn't heal without God's help, and neither can we.
Remember when Jesus sent his disciples out to "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils" (Matthew 10:8)? He was asking them to do what he had done, and he expected all of his followers to do the same.
Let's look at a few of Jesus' healings and see his great love in action.
HEALING THE SICK
On one occasion, Jesus was visiting in Capernaum—probably in his disciple Peter's house. When people heard Jesus was in town, they crowded into the house just to hear him teach. Others came to be healed. Four men carrying a paralyzed friend on a stretcher tried to get in the door, but there wasn't enough room. They took their friend to the top of the house and lowered him through the roof, right in front of Jesus. Jesus praised them for their faith, and then he lovingly looked at this man and said, "Son, your sins are forgiven" (Mark 2:5Quoted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV). ).
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To Jesus and the people of his time, sin would simply mean violating God's law. Sin in life is not doing what God expects us to do. The Apostle Paul describes "sin" as trying to do anything without God's help. He says, "Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin" (Romans 14:23*).
In that day people believed if you got sick, it was because you had done something wrong. They also believed only God could forgive you. When Jesus said, "Your sins are forgiven," everyone was shocked. They didn't know Jesus had authority from God to forgive mistakes and to heal people.
Jesus taught that God doesn't punish anyone, even if they make a mistake. God knows only what is good and true about His creation, and He loves us all equally. Sometimes people think if they get sick or hurt, God is punishing them for something they did wrong. But God doesn't work that way.
Jesus said to the man on the stretcher to get up and walk. Jesus was sure the man could do it. And right away the man who couldn't move was healed. He stood up, took his mat, and walked out of the house.
This story shows that the man had good friends who believed that Jesus would heal him. It also shows Jesus' care for people. He didn't get upset about a hole in the roof. He healed the man by first freeing him from the paralyzing guilt that he had done something wrong.
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Homes in Palestine were one-story houses made of mud, unbaked bricks, or rough stones. Getting to the roof wasn't difficult since most of the houses were built into the hillside or had outside stairs. The roof was used for guests, cooling off after a hot day, and for conversation among family and friends. Archaeologists believe this was Peter's house or that of his mother-in-law. It probably had outside stairs leading to the roof. Roofs were flat, and the beams were covered with branches and straw.
CLEANSING THE LEPERS
Jesus' love and compassion could also be seen when he healed people who others thought were outcasts of society. Leprosy was a dreadful skin disease. Lepers were required to ring a bell as they walked through town and say, "Unclean, unclean," so people would get out of their way.
A leper asked Jesus to make his skin normal. Jesus touched him. That was pretty amazing since people would never think of touching a leper. Imagine if you had gone years and never felt a hug or a tender touch! This person not only felt Jesus' love, but was healed instantly, not only of leprosy, but of loneliness and shame (see Mark 1:40–45).
RAISING THE DEAD
It may seem pretty hard to raise the dead, but Jesus wasn't impressed with what the body told people. He knew God's children are spiritual and they can never lose life. In the Bible it's recorded that he brought three people, besides himself, back to life.
The first person he raised was a widow's son. As Jesus was entering the city of Nain, he encountered a funeral procession with mourners weeping and singing as they left the city. Jesus noticed at once the dead person was the only son of his widowed mother. She had not only lost her son, but also her only financial support and comfort in her old age. Jesus touched the stretcher the man was lying on and told him to get up. The man sat up. He was alive. What a joyous day for him and his mother! (See Luke 7:11–17).
CASTING OUT DEVILS
On different occasions Jesus cast out devils or unclean spirits. Today we might call these "devils" mental illness or insanity.
In the synagogue there was a man with an "unclean spirit" who started yelling in mocking and jeering tones for Jesus to get out of there.
"What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?" he shouted. "Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God."
Jesus just cut right through those devilish comments when he said, "Be silent, and come out of him!" (Mark 1:23–26&nbsp;Quoted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV). ).
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In New Testament times, if someone suffered from an "unclean spirit," people thought the person was under the control of an evil spirit–also called demons or devils. These devils were thought to be actual beings, and the chief was Satan.
Just a few words from Jesus, and the insane man was healed. The people who saw this were amazed at Jesus' power to heal. Jesus never claimed he healed on his own, but that God did the healing.
Jesus promised that all who followed him would be able to heal the way he did. This would indicate that healing was not only natural to Jesus but to everyone in all ages.
Today we can heal through prayer by recognizing we are at one with God just as Jesus did. We can trust God to reveal to us what we need to know in every situation. We aren't personal healers; God does the work. Jesus showed us that we are never separate from God's messages of truth and love bringing health and wholeness to our lives.