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Summary: This is a seminar message that I prepared for a mission trip to train pastors in Mexican ministers

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The Hope of Healing

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Mexico Seminar Presentation

Introduction

The Bible is filled with events that cannot be called anything except miraculous. There are so many that we can’t even list them all but here are just a few of the ones that come to mind.

The Red Sea parts for the Israelites to pass on dry land

The walls of Jericho fall with a shout

Jesus is resurrected on the third day

Peter is rescued from prison by an angel

God has a way of stepping into the stream of human history and changing everything in an instant. He can do this because, well He is God. God does what needs to be done as it needs to be done and how it needs to be done. The greatest miracle it seems is the fact that He uses us at all in his plans.

Meaning of Miracle (dictionary.com)

1. An effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.

2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.

3. a wonder; marvel.

A poll was conducted of adults on the question of miracles. Percentage of adults who mostly agree or completely agree with the statement, "Even today, miracles are performed by the power of God": 82.

In the history of Israel there were three periods of major miracles. These were periods when God revealed His power in miraculous ways to His people.

• The days of Moses: The ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, Manna from heaven

• The days of Elijah: The ceasing of rain, the fire from heaven to destroy the prophets of Baal and the chariot of fire

• The days of Jesus

The Miracles of Jesus (Matthew 4:13-15)

Three major types of miracles in the ministry of Jesus

1.) Power over nature: Calming the storm, changing water into wine

2.) Healings

3.) Casting out demons

Of the miracles of Jesus healings outnumber any other type of miracle. The casting out of demons was often accompanied by the healing of the person who was possessed.

Jesus healed people on 25 separate occasions in the gospels.

Three times Jesus raised people from the dead

Two times Jesus healed people of leprosy

Five times Jesus cast out demons

Nine times Jesus healed people with physical ailments

Six times Jesus healed people with general sicknesses

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. Matthew 4:23-25

Jesus healed anyone of anything (23)

Jesus did not limit His healing to only those who were Jews. From this passage we see that people followed Him from various other countries from that region of the world. We also know that on other occasions Jesus healed the Roman Centurion’s servant and the Canaanite woman’s daughter. Jesus healed anyone that came to Him in faith.


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