Summary: Jesus offers us the healing that we need in thsi world.
Clarice Lukenbill, Spencer, Ind. Christian Reader, "Lite Fare." I overheard two older men talking about their health problems at our church. "My new doctor doesn’t just treat the symptoms, he treats both the mind and the body." "Hmm," the second man grunted and thought for a moment; then he asked, "Does he give a discount if the mind is already gone?"
A lady said early one Sunday morning I was awakened by the telephone. Thinking it was my son playing a joke on me, I picked up the receiver. In a hoarse whisper, the person on the other end asked, "Who is this?" Still convinced it was my son, I replied in a fake hoarse voice, "It’s your mother. What do you want?" To my horror the person identified herself as a church member who had been up all night with a terrible sore throat and was asking for prayer.
When you look around you at church on any given Sunday, what do you see? You see a lot of nice people who for the most part appear to have it all together.
When you leave the church and go out into the workplace on Monday, what do you see? Many people who appear to have it all together.
When you dig a little deeper with people, you find out that there are many hurting people who need healing from Jesus.
I am not just speaking of healing from physical illness. There are plenty of people who need that and our prayer list is a testimony of that.
What I am talking about are people who are truly hurting inside. The deeper you dig, the more pain you see. They have fears of losing their jobs, losing their spouse, their children or losing their lives.
When you look around you, you will see many hurting people who need the healing hand of Jesus in their lives.
Today as we continue our Journey with Jesus we find Jesus back in Jerusalem for the Passover. The date is AD 28 sometime between March and May. About three to four months have elapsed since Jesus healed the nobleman’s son in Capernaum. In this passage we will see the third recorded miracle of Jesus in the book of John.
On His way to celebrate the Passover, Jesus is about to encounter a person who is in dire need of healing in his life. Not only a physical healing but also a spiritual healing.
Today I hope that you will accept the healing that Jesus has to offer for your life!
I. THE NEED FOR HEALING 1-5 READ
As we read the text, this must have been a sad sight to behold. In Jesus day if you were sick, blind or lame, you were on your own. The government was not there to help you and the Jewish leaders were not always the most charitable people during Jesus day.
One of the reasons for this is that many felt that if you had physical aliments, that it was because of some sin you or your family committed in the past.
If you were blind or paralyzed, you were at the total mercy of other people. If you could not walk you had to have people who were willing to carry you to a public place so that you could beg for food and money.