Everyone knows that healing was one of the pillars in Jesus’ ministry on Earth. We can learn a lot when we look at how Jesus healed people. Everything that Jesus did was significant.
I want to dive in to a few examples of how Jesus not only healed physically, but mentally and spiritually.
A few weeks ago I read this in Mark 3:
1And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” 4Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. NKJV
Think about this man, He was attending Church and had an issue with his hand. It’s embarrassing, he tries his best to his his problem under his shirt, he likely has issues working and providing for his family. The first thing Jesus does is bring him in front of people. Now he’s getting uncomfortable. Then Jesus tells him to stretch out his hand! He cant believe it. The judgement he’s about to receive from the religious pharisees is unbearable. He probably wont be invited back. But as he shows people his problem, as he reveals that the very thing thats causing him distress, Jesus turns it around to show off His complete healing. There is no shame. People see what was brokenness now complete and full restoration.
In John 5 Jesus has an encounter with a man that’s stuck:
5Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. NKJV
Here we find a man who has been disabled most of his life. When Jesus asks him if he wants to be healed his first response is an excuse. “I have no one to help me.” I need to rely on other people. I cant do anything on my own. We don’t see Jesus pray for healing, instead Jesus tells the man to do what he thinks he cant. The man thinks he can’t go anywhere on his own. Jesus heals his mind, his doubt, his excuses. The man gets up on his own! He doesn’t need anyone to help him. If Jesus had helped him get up, or offered to carry his bed the man would have still relied upon other people for the rest of his life. Jesus showed this man that he is strong and can walk independently, he doesn’t need to make anymore excuses.
Lastly take a look at John 9:
6When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. 8Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” NKJV
We see this man that was born blind. He was just a blind beggar. During this time he would have been constantly disrespected because either he, or his family had lived in sin, that’s why he was born blind. People would walk by and spit on the man, out of disrespect. Every time this man heard someone spit he broke a little more. He couldn’t do anything about it. His anger and frustration rose up. I can’t imagine sitting helpless and being spit on with no hope of it ever stopping. In comes Jesus and the man cringes as he hears someone spit at him. But this time the very thing that caused pain lead to his healing. The very thing that this man hated more than anything was what restored him. Jesus physically healed him by healing the unseen pain in his heart. If he had not been healed in that way he would have likely lived in bitterness, thinking that everyone was out to hurt and disrespect him.
Jesus doesn’t just want to physically heal people. He desires to give you your full healing of your mind, body, and soul.