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Summary: JESUS CHRIST CAME TO SAVE HUMAN BEINGS - BODY AND SOUL.

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THE CHURCH IS THE ONLY HOSPITAL WHERE YOU CAN GO IN SICK AND COME OUT THE DOCTOR! JESUS DID NOT HEAL PEOPLE TO PROVE THAT HE WAS GOD. JESUS HEALED PEOPLE BECAUSE HE IS GOD!

WE, AS A CHURCH, HAVE A CRUCIAL NEED TO RETURN TO THE VISION OF THE GOD REVEALED IN AND BY JESUS CHRIST. PEOPLE NEED TO RETURN BACK TO THE TENDER, LOVING, MERCIFUL AND COMPASSIONATE GOD WHO CAN RAISE THEM UP AND MAKE THEM WHOLE WHEREVER THEY HAVE BEEN CAST DOWN BY A WORLD THAT IS FILLED WITH EVIL.

A GOD WHERE WE CAN ENTER INTO HIS PRESENCE KNOWING THAT REGARDLESS IF WE HAVE SINNED AND NEED FORGIVENESS, OR HAVE BECOME SICK AND NEED PHYSICAL HEALING WE CAN BOLDLY APPROACH HIS THRONE.

REJOICE TODAY KNOWING THAT EVEN NOW THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AMONG US, SAVING AND HEALING US WHILE DESTROYING THE KINGDOM OF SATAN.

SO, IF JESUS COMES TO SAVE AND TO HEAL, WHAT IS IT THAT HE SAVES AND HEALS? SOME ONLY THINK OF JESUS AS AN EVANGELIST AND THAT HE ONLY CAME TO SAVE SOULS.

YES, THAT IS PARTIALLY TRUE BECAUSE HE DID COME TO SAVE SOULS AND TO ALSO TAKE AWAY SIN WHICH IS THE SICKNESS THAT PLAGUES OUR SOULS.

BUT, THAT WASN’T THE ONLY REASON HE CAME. I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE CERTAIN THAN NOW THAT CHRIST HAD THE DESIRE TO HEAL THE SICKNESS OF THE BODY AS WELL.

EVERY TIME A PHYSICALLY SICK PERSON CAME TO JESUS IN FAITH, HE HEALED THAT PERSON. JESUS NEVER DIVIDED HUMAN BEINGS INTO A SOUL TO BE SAVED AND HEALED AND A BODY THAT, BECAUSE OF SIN, SHOULD SUFFER AND REMAIN UNHEALED UNTIL THEY REACH "PERFECTION" IN THE NEXT LIFE FOLLOWING THEIR RESURRECTION.

NOWHERE IN THE GOSPELS DO WE SEE JESUS ENCOURAGING THE SICK TO PATIENTLY ENDURE THEIR ILLNESS. INSTEAD, WE SEE JESUS TREATING SICKNESS AS A DISPLAY OF THE KINGDOM OF SATAN WHICH HE HAS COME TO DESTROY.

THIS IS WHY EVERYTIME JESUS CONFRONTED INFIRMITIES OF BOTH BODY AND SOUL HE TREATED THEM AS EVIL AND AS AN ENEMY TO HIS CREATION. POINT BLANK: JESUS CHRIST CAME TO SAVE HUMAN BEINGS - BODY AND SOUL.

JESUS HEALED THOSE WHOSE SPIRITS WERE SICK AND NEEDED DELIVERANCE OR FORGIVENESS. JESUS ALSO HEALED THOSE WHOSE BODIES WERE LAME, BLIND, AND LEPROUS.

IN FACT, THERE ARE MANY MORE ACCOUNTS OF HOW HE HEALED THE PHYSICALLY SICK THAN HOW HE FORGAVE SINS. JESUS CAME TO HELP THE SUFFERING IN WHATEVER WAY THEY WERE SUFFERING.

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SCRIPTURE TEXT AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE ARE SICK NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY, BUT SPIRITUALLY AND NEED HEALING.

ALL FORMS OF SICKNESSES ARE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE PRAYER IS REQUIRED. JAMES GIVES DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON THESE PRAYERS BY FIRST ASKING IN VERSE 13, IS ANY ONE OF YOU SUFFERING? AGAIN IN VERSE 14 IT IS ASKED ARE ANY AMONG YOU SICK?

THE REASON I POINT THESE TWO PHRASES OUT IS DUE TO THEIR SIGNIFICANCE FOR US TODAY. THE GREEK WORD FOR SUFFERING IS "ASTHENEI" WHICH LITERALLY MEANS TO BE WEAK.

THE GREEK WORD FOR SICK IS "KAMNONTA" WHICH IS TRANSLATED AS TO BE WEARY. BOTH WORDS REFER TO BEING WEAK AND WEARY WHICH CAN MEAN FOR BODY OR SOUL.

JAMES WAS NOT JUST REFERRING TO THE BEDFAST, THE DISEASED, OR THE ILL. JAMES TOOK GREAT CARE IN CHOOSING HIS WORDS SO THAT THEY WOULD SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE THOSE WHO HAD GROWN WEARY, WHO HAD BECOME WEAK BOTH MORALLY AND SPIRITUALLY IN THEIR SUFFERING.


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