We all have faith to receive healing. But some may not know how to exercise our faith receive. The more we know Jesus heals, the more we are able to use our faith to receive the healing Jesus has already done and given to us by bearing our sicknesses (through the stripes He had received prior to be crucified). Let us therefore read from the Gospel of Luke, about some aspects of His healing ministry while He was on earth. The Bible has declared, Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. His willingness to give us His healing has never changed. He heals.
The Holy Spirit is fully involved in healing.
“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 brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Jesus heals instantly; in any place. In this case He heals in a private house.
[ Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed ] Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her.
He heals all and everyone brought to Him; he heals various diseases, anytime.
[ Many Healed After Sabbath Sunset ] When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.
He heals great number of people who heard about Him, came personally to hear Him, and then to be healed by Him.
However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.
Jesus heals those who came with faith, to hear His teaching, and believe He has power to forgive sins and heal as well. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting by but they did not receive any healing because they did not believe Him.
Luke 5:17-25 [ Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic ]
Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, … And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him… 20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”… 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
Jesus heals on any human date. He declared that healing is doing good and is above any law. He openly healed the sick in a public religious place.
[ Healing on the Sabbath ] Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered. So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him. ..9 Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?”[b] 10 And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man,[c] “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.[d]
Jesus heals all: all who had need of healing, who came to hear Him and be healed of diseases and be set free from demonic torments. He healed with power that came out of Him. His power was evident to all.
[ Jesus Heals a Great Multitude ] And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people …who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
Jesus does not favor any particular group of people, any race or nationality, any social class, any gender, any age.
Here are some examples of Him healing various individuals and His remarks on some:
Jesus commended on the faith of a Roman centurion for healing for his servant.
So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant…Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed…9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.[a]
A woman healed of seven demons and later became one of the women disciples who followed Jesus in His ministry.
Luke 8:2-3 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demon, …and many others who provided for Him[a] from their substance.
A man possessed by a legion of demons was healed and wanted to follow Jesus and be His disciple. But Jesus sent him to witness to his own home base (ten cities).
[ A Demon-Possessed Man Healed ] Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee…They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed.
A dead girl was healed because her father believed and went to Jesus and invited Him to come to his house.
Luke 8:40 [ A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed ] So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him. …52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” 53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But He put them all outside,[l] took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.
Jesus took note of a woman’s faith and courage and she was healed and made wgole completely.
Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any…Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. …48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer;[h] your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Jesus sent His disciples to heal too.
He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick…So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
A case worth mentioning. A boy was healed. Jesus highlighted several issues: healing is the norm, not the exceptional; the need for faith; how to deal with the seemingly fierce demon (just command it and cast it out). He also brought out one significant reason for the inability of the disciples to heal: their unbelief despite having seen Jesus performing so many healings, and having used the power of Jesus to heal when sent out by Jesus. He later advised them that they could deal with their on unbelief by fasting and praying.
37 Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him. 38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child. 39 And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him. 40 So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”
41 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42 And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.
Another case worth mentioning: Ten lepers were cleansed. Only one was healed because he had faith in Jesus. He saw he was healed and came back to Jesus and gave testimony and glory to God.
Luke 17:12 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” 15 And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,… 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Jesus still heals. He never stopped. He healed his enemy’s servant even in the midst of Jesus’ own arrest with intent to kill Jesus eventually. What a Savior! What a Healer! Jesus.
Luke 22:51 But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.