What did Jesus think about sickness, disease and healing? How can we think like he thinks? I’m Pastor Doug Sewell, welcome to the Beyond Six Verses podcast. This is part five of thinking like Jesus about healing.
Thinking like Jesus takes learning, how he thinks about something. Then choosing to think the same way.
One of the ways Jesus thought about healing was that his disciples were to do the same thing he did.
Looking at John chapter 14: Don’t you believe that I am in the father and the father is in me. The words I say to you, I do not speak of my own authority. Rather, it is the father living in me who is doing his work. Believe me, when I say I am in the father and the father is in me, or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly. I tell you, whoever believes in me. He will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater works than these because I’m going to the father, and I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the father may be glorified in the son. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.
There’s a couple of things to look at this passage. First, Jesus says he’s speaking with the full authority of the father behind his words. He and the father are on the same page about this.
Second. He says, believe what I say, or at least believe the evidence the works show. As we’ve looked at it in previous podcasts, Jesus demonstrated he was the Messiah through these works. Jesus demonstrated the gospel of the kingdom included these works, and they were to carry forth the gospel of the kingdom and the same power that he did.
Next thing you can see as he, Jesus is saying: you – my disciples, my apostles, you’re the only church I have in the earth right now. You are going to do these things and even greater things. Now, what is the greater things? I don’t think that we’re going to do things any different than Jesus did simply because he did everything we know of.
I think it’s going to be, and we certainly can’t die is die for someone sends the way Jesus did.There are martyrs in the church, but I don’t think that’s where he was going. I think it’s just a matter of the amount of quantity.
Jesus in the bodily form was limited. He could only be one place at a time, but if you take 11 disciples filled with the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and those disciples go out and do the same thing that Jesus did, it’s going to multiply. And as they make disciples of Jesus, And as those make disciples of Jesus, this is going to multiply and multiply and multiply, and the far number beyond what Jesus could do in his own life.
Next thing we can see in here is it says you’ll do them because I’m going to the father. You’ll have to continue my work here. You’re going to have to be preaching the kingdom healing the sick cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, and casting out demons. Jesus was saying, this is your responsibility to carry on what I’m doing. And I’m going to send the Holy Spirit to you so that you can do this.
Now the Passion Translation reads: the person who follows me in faith, believing in me will do the same mighty miracles that I do.
And finally we can see in this passage, he says that Jesus is saying: my name, my approval, my commission, my authorization is behind you doing these things. That’s a whole lot to think about.
Let’s look at a couple of other passages. In Mark 16:15-18. And he said to them, go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved. He who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs shall follow those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons. They will speak with new tongues. They will take up serpents. And if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
Matthew 28:18-20. And Jesus came and spoke to them saying all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. And lo I’m with you always, even to the end of the age.
And if we look at this, Jesus said, all authority has been given to me. What does that mean? That means devil has no authority. That also means that Jesus has delegated that all authority to us, his body, the church.
And he says, make disciples and teach them to observe the things that commanded you. What did Jesus commands us to do? Preach the good news of the gospel of the kingdom and heal the sick and cast out demons and make a difference in this world. And he says, I’m with you always, as you do this.
If we go into the book of acts and look at things the disciples did now after Peter’s Pentecost, sermon – Acts 2:41, then those who gladly received his word were baptized. And that day about 3,000 souls were added to them. And they continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine – that’s teaching – and in fellowship, and in breaking of bread – that’s either shared meals or communion – I’m not sure which, you could argue either one – and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul. And many signs were done through the apostles.
Acts chapter three, the beautiful Gate, they gave their man what they had.
The end of Acts four after being bold and doing some great miracles, they were called to task. And so what they do? they prayed for more boldness and more healings.
Acts chapter five, they were laying hands on people and doing miracles, and even Peter’s shadow was healing people.
Acts chapter six. Now we have Stephen – he was a deacon, which in the New Testament times means he was a food pantry or benevolence worker. He was not a minister per se. He was just had responsibility to take care of feeding the poor and, and benevolence.
Now there are some that believe these acts ceased sometime after 100 AD. I’ll leave that for another podcast episode.
Jesus gave us a commission to do what he did the night. He was resurrected reading from John chapter 20. Then the same day at evening being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut, where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, peace, be with you. When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them, again, peace to you. As the father has sent me, I also send you.
He sent us to show the world who he is, what the father is like and do what he did.
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I’m Pastor Doug Sewell. This is the Beyond Six Verses podcast. If you’re enjoying these lessons, share this podcast with your friends, we’re in all of the major podcast directories. Thank you for listening. God bless.
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