The question of healing has come up in my life. As one person seeking healing as I am, I was reading Luke where Jesus healed a paralyzed man. You see as of 2006, I was diagnosed with a mental disorder. I started hearing voices. Some people say this is demon possession. Scientist explain it that some chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters are imbalanced from birth and in adulthood the brain is not developed properly and breaks down. This is where I am at today. Whether this is an imbalance from birth or a demon possession, I need healing.
You would think that I would write this note about a time when Jesus healed a demon possessed man in Gennesaret, but there is a phrase that caught my eyes in the miracle of the paralyzed man. You see the pharisees knew a God that would heal people, but they didn’t believe that Jesus could heal people. Here is what they were thinking.
And the scribes and pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Luke 5:21
Something in my heart chirped up when I read this verse. For thousands of years, God has been healing his people and forgiving them of their sins. He has done that through their obedience to the Law of Moses. Even throughout all the ages of the Jewish history in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. The 39 books of the Old Testament are filled with God’s power or wrath but all measured on the Law of Moses. Kings and Queens are raised or brought down through the prophets who obeyed the Law of Moses. Healing was contingent on obedience to God’s laws.
I looked deeper and saw that God was healing his people. The father sent Jesus to forgive sins, but he also sent Him to work the work of Him that sent Him. The verse says, I must work the work of Him that sent me while it is day, for the night comes when no man can work. (John 9:4) The pharisees to me were a disobedient testimony of God’s true healing – they weren’t healing people at all. The God of heaven was with His people, because He sent Jesus to come and to forgive sins and heal his people like they never saw before.
Then I wondered, am I more like the pharisees? When I hear of God healing the brethren and raising the dead in today’s religious news or from pastors or books, what do I? What should I say? Is it too hard for me to believe that Jesus is working miracles today? We have modern day pharisees who persecute the holy spirit of God in us. Yes. Are we all pharisees to the missionaries, the new converts, the healed? Are we pharisees to our family members and friends sending toxic thoughts about others inside?
The grace of Jesus said, your sins are forgiven you. (Luke 5:20) If it wasn’t for Jesus, these questions would cause us to perish from this earth. If Jesus hadn’t healed the sick as a testimony to us and to the Jews in those days, modern pharisees would be whipping God’s children over the back with physical whips wreaking havoc in the world with slavery, bondage, world conquest, and evils. We know that those things exist today in the world, but the testimony of Jesus is still sweeping across the world and freeing souls from the grip of these atrocities.
Healing starts with faithful study of God’s word. Every time I read the good book, I receive a blessing. I receive a healing touch from heaven. Heaven is healing me one reading at a time. When I receive that healing in full, I will rejoice exceedingly. I am still reading the word of God to receive my healing in full. I am following the message of hope because this world is full of atrocities, but Jesus’s parade is also on the way and that includes full healing from all illnesses.
Luke 5: 20