The Foursquare Gospel #2 – Jesus the Healer:
“And again Jesus entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”–He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”” (Mark 2:1-12).
Yesterday we looked at how Jesus is the Saviour, the first foundation stone of the Foursquare Gospel. Today, we are going to look at Jesus as the Healer. In our story above, Jesus teaches us an important lesson about His nature as both our Saviour and Healer. In verse nine, Jesus says, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Arise, take up your bed and walk?” What is Jesus saying here? To the King of the Universe, the God who, of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever—is there anything too hard for Him? “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You!” (Jer. 32:17). In essence, the Lord is saying that it is easy for Him both to forgive sins and heal sicknesses. He proved it when this paralysed man got up and walked! Let us consider only a brief sampling of what the Bible has to say about Jesus the Healer.
Psalm 103:2-3—“Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases.” The Bible says that both forgiveness of sins and healing of sicknesses are blessings and benefits of the Lord.
Exodus 15:26—“For I am the Lord who heals you.” In the Old Testament, the Lord revealed Himself to His people as the Lord the Healer. Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” He is the Lord, He changes not! Jesus healed people in the past, and He’s still healing people today. It’s His nature!
Luke 4:18—“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Not only does Jesus heal sick bodies, but He heals broken hearts and lives as well. This is the Good News of the Gospel—forgiveness of sins, and healing of sicknesses! Matthew 8:16-17 says, “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”
As Christians, not only do we believe that Jesus is the Saviour, but we also believe that Jesus is the Healer. Healing sicknesses is as easy for Him as forgiving sins, and He delights to do both!
Pastor Chris Jordan