Monday, May 27, 2013

And He Healed Them



Scripture: 
And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:23-25

Study:
There was only one temple in Jerusalem. However, communities that had ten or more men (families) built synagogues for the purpose of worship. They were also used during the week as schools. The law (Old Testament) was read, prayers were offered and then any man could expound upon the Scriptures. Often visiting rabbis, and Jesus, would be invited to teach.

Jesus developed a ministry that revealed His purpose for being here. Even though He (Jesus) was the object of our faith, He always pointed others to God's kingdom, and that God is with us and cares for us. Jesus...

                Preached the good news, the Kingdom Way of life, that was available to everyone who would hear Him and receive Him. 
                Taught the Truth of a new of life that includes freedom, hope, and peace from within and that would bring unity among the people.
                 Healed individuals of their spiritual and physical sicknesses giving them eternal Life.

As a result of Jesus ministry people came from a long distance to hear and learn about Him, and experience his miracles of healing. 

Application: 
Do we fully grasp the truth that"Jesus Heals"? We know all about him and we believe he healed others but do we have faith that He can heal us of our own sickness and problems? 

The truth is, healing is the underlying theme of God's plan and purpose for sending Jesus into this world, into our lives, to make right all that is wrong. We pray for physical healing but that is only part of us. He wants to restore both our physical and spiritual body. This healing brings life in it's fullness back to us. It restores our relationship to God and with others. To obtain this healing requires us to go the distance to experience him and yet many choose to stay in their state of sickness, brokenness, and hurt. Jesus want to heal us but it requires us to hear Him, to receive His physical and spiritual healing, and be willing to live the life He has called us to live.  

As we accept Jesus' way to a new life we will want to follow Jesus example; minister to the physical and spiritual needs of others, share the gospel of Jesus with them, and mentor and disciple them in their walk.

Prayer: 
Dear Father, continue to heal me physically and spiritually. As I walk this journey lead me to others that I may show them your way.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.