Master to Messiah Day 7
Week 2 >> Day 2
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and makeme clean.”
Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Then Jesus instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. He said, “Go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”
But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus.
Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”
But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”
Shortly after the catch of fish and the calling of the disciples, Jesus walks through one of the towns around the Sea of Galilee, and is approached by a leper who begs for healing. The leper is healed and more crowds come to hear Jesus teach and see Him heal.
Sandwiched in between the two stories of healing is verse 16 “But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” Certainly His disciples must see this pattern of behavior, going off alone to pray and then among crowds to teach and heal. Jesus is living out before them what He is continually teaching them. The power to be among the people and minister to them comes from personal time alone in communication and relationship with the Father.
The next story of healing is a little different. A man who is paralyzed has friends who believe so firmly that Jesus can help him, they dig a hole in a roof to gain access to Jesus. When Jesus sees the faith of the friends, He looks at the paralyzed man and tells him his sins are forgiven. This creates quite a stir, because the crowds who arewatching have to wrestle with this claim Jesus is making, “He is God.”
Faith is the consistent theme that continues to arise as Peter and the disciples follow Jesus. The healings don’t occur because of some great work these people do. Jesus heals and directly links the healing to faith. We can learn, as Peter does, that God acts on our behalf because of who He is and our faith, not because of what we do.
Spend your time praying for a specific person that might need physical or spiritual healing.
- When you spend time alone with God in prayer, what impact does it have on your state of mind? What impact does it have on your subsequent actions?
- How has your faith brought blessings to others?
- What do you think Peter learned about ministry from these four friends’ actions?