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Notes for parents and guardians

I am willing, I want to heal you …. said Jesus ( in Matthew 8:2)

Everyone of us will know that if God is right here with us, He has the power to heal us, to set us free from bondages, to do all kinds of miracles. The problem many of us have is — we wonder if God is willing to help us. After all, we all know we have our flaws, we do wrong things. If God is here, many may be afraid and will want to hide away from God. It is just like when Peter realised that Jesus is no ordinary man, he fell on his knees and  said “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:8).

The truth is, Jesus loves us, unconditionally. His answer to us when we cry to Him is always ” I want to heal”, ” I am willing to heal”.

Love letter from GodJesus loves you

My child, regardless of what you are suffering right now, know that Jesus loves you and it is always God’s will for you to live a victorious life, free from sickness, diseases, pains and sufferings. He will never reject you when you cry out to Him.

” …those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.”

John 6:37

Jesus is right here beside you. He wants to help you.

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Questions & Answers

QUESTIONS RELATED TO THIS SCRIPTURE READING

1. Why did Jesus touch the leper (Matthew 8:3)?

Jesus’ words alone is sufficient to heal. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He called out to Lazarus. He did not go into the tomb to drag Lazarus out. When Jesus healed the centurion’s servant, He said go and let it be done as you believe and the servant was healed at that very hour (Matthew 12:13). Likewise, when Jesus healed the paralytic man, He did not extend His hands to pull the man up. Instead, Jesus declared that his sins were forgiven (Matthew 9:2) and told him to get up and go home (Matthew 9:6). So why did Jesus touched the leper?

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused  by a type of bacteria (Mycobacterium leprae). In the old testament bible, God has commanded that a person who is leprous has to be put out of the camp (Numbers 5:2, Leviticus 13:11). Hence people with leprosy are discriminated and rejected. Jesus not only want to heal the leper’s body, He wants to heal his heart. Jesus wants that man who was leprous to know that God loves Him. Jesus wants him to know that he is not disapproved by God, he is not an outcast of the society.

2. Are healing miracles still happening?

There are people who wrote that  “New Testament believers are never promised health and wealth in the here-and-now.”  Is this biblical? Is it true that new testament believers are never promised health in the here and now?

If you have experienced miraculous healing from God before, you will immediately know that such preaching cannot be correct. The Holy Spirit will also bring to your rememberance (John 14:26) scriptures such as this:

That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick.  This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said,

“He took our sicknesses

and removed our diseases.

(Matthew 8:16-17)

Jesus specifically sent the disciples out to heal and gave them authority:

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! ” (Matthew 10:8)

 

“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.” (Luke 10:19)

 

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” (John 14:12)

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

There were great wonders and healing recorded for new testament believers.

A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. (Acts 2:43)

As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. (Acts 5:15)

Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil[a] spirits, and they were all healed. (Acts 5:16)

 

Give some thoughts to this:

1. When Jesus walked on earth, there were so many healing miracles.

2. When Jesus sent out His disciples, He gave them authority and instructions to heal the sick.

3. On the night before Jesus was arrested, He told His disciples that whoever believes in Him can do the works that He has done and can do even greater works because He is going to the Father. On that same night Jesus said He was praying not only for the 12 disciples but for all who will ever believe in Him because of the disciples’ testimony (John 17:20). This means, Jesus was praying for us in this present age!

4. Before Jesus ascend to heaven, He told the disciples to wait till they receive the Holy Spirit and receive power from heaven. When the apostles received the Holy Spirit, they began healing the sick and all were healed.

5. Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:11 and Ephesians 1:19-20 that the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us and will give life to our mortal body. The incredible greatness that seated Jesus on the right hand of God is for us who believe. Are these not healing promises in the new testament?

 

It is therefore completely wrong to say that there are no healing promises for the new testament believers. If we have such wrong belief, there will be no healing miracles because for miracles to happen, it only takes one thing — believe that Jesus is willing  to heal us. We have to believe that it is God’s will for us to live healthily. 

 

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