God of Promise: Jesus our Healer

In wrapping up the God of Promise series, we wanted to take a more personal and holistic approach, asking “so what?” If God has made exceedingly great promises to us (and He has!), and in Jesus all of God’s great promises are fulfilled (Yes & Amen!)1, then what does it mean when we read:

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

I used to think the healing Isaiah spoke of was limited to spiritual healing (which is certainly great!), and so when I would pray with the qualifier “IF it is Your will, God, to heal, will You do it?” Yet no one in all of Scripture prays like that, and furthermore, Jesus healed everyone who came to Him in faith to be made well.

On Mother’s Day it seemed appropriate the honor the gifts of one of our most gifted teachers. My wife Kari — who has set out on this journey of learning and re-learning what the Scriptures teach about healing — spoke to the Renew family about what Jesus promises for us and to us when He says we can be made well, whole, and healed.

I asked her to share with the whole church, to preach this neglected aspect of the whole Gospel, so that our faith would grow and we could pray with boldness and certainty that the Father hears our cries. He is powerful enough to heal, and it pleases Him to heal His children, and we (now) believe He also promises to heal us of our sicknesses. (More notes and helpful links below, as shared with the congregation.)

We welcome you to join this journey of rediscovering a neglected aspect of the good news. Jesus is our Healer

Jesus Our Healer

Message title: Jesus Our Healer
Nineteenth week of God of Promise
Scriptures: Matthew 8 (et al)
Preacher: Kari Patterson
Date: 5/10/15

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Scripture reading: Matthew 8:1-3, 5-10, 13, 14-17

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper[a] came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus[b] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

The Faith of a Centurion

When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant,[c] ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel[d] have I found such faith. 

Jesus Heals Many

14 And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. 16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”

  1. Matthew 8:2 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  2. Matthew 8:3 Greek he
  3. Matthew 8:9 Greek bondservant
  4. Matthew 8:10 Some manuscripts not even in Israel

God of Promise

What does Scripture teach us about healing?

[God of Promise: Jesus Our Healer Scriptures (click to view/download PDF)]

4:23-24 1:23-25, 29-34, 40-45 4:18-19, 31-35, 38-41 4:46-52 2:43
8:1-3, 6-7, 13-17 2:1-12 5:12-13, 17-26 5:1-9 3:1-16
9:1-8, 18-25, 27-35 3:1-6, 14-15 6:18-19 9 (whole chapter) 4:9-10, 16, 30
10:1, 7-8 5:1-43 7:9-10, 14-15, 21-23 11 (whole chapter) 5:12-16
11:4-6 6:5, 12-13, 55-56 8:40-56 6:8
12:11-13, 15, 22 7:29, 34 9:1-6, 11, 37-50 8:4-8, 13
14:14, 35-36 8:22-26 10:9 9:32-43
15:28-31 9:22-24 13:10-13, 32 10:38
17:14-21 10:46-52 14:5 14:3, 9
19:2 17:12-19 18:18
20:30-34 18:35-43 19:11-13
21:14 22:51 22:13

Notes from the journey (links to blog posts by Kari Patterson)

  1. First Steps: bit.ly/kpfirststeps
  2. Stuff Jesus Does: bit.ly/stuffjesusdoes
  3. Gratitude Gospel: bit.ly/gratgospel
  4. On suffering: bit.ly/sufferingsame
  5. Palm-to-palm: bit.ly/palmtopalm
  6. Transformation: bit.ly/nothingshort
  7. Fatalism or Faith: bit.ly/fromfatalism
  8. Cynicism & children: bit.ly/cynicismtohope
  9. Heaven & healing: bit.ly/heavenhealing
  10. What He’s finished: bit.ly/finishedmore
  11. Demythologization: bit.ly/bigword
  12. Not there yet: bit.ly/whynotyet
  13. Authority & Faith: bit.ly/notbossy
  14. Feed your Faith: bit.ly/feedfaith

    “Is it always God’s will to heal someone?” —response by Bill Johnson

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  1. 2 Corinthians 1:22

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