Do we need healing? Are we giving up on situations that need healing? Do we barely see the hand of God moving in our behalf? Then, it’s time to build our faith and know the thoughts of God towards our situations.
Our discussion today will touch the chapter 9 of John in the Bible. We will discover the work of God in the area of healing. This is an introduction on how to encounter the glory of God in this area.
1One day, as Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi,who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
After these things happened, unbelief came to the crowd. They can’t believe he was the man who was born blind. Then they brought him to the Pharisees because Jesus healed him in a Sabbath day. Then there was an argument whether Jesus is from God or from the devil because he healed the man during Sabbath day. And the mother of the man came to see him. And people asked her if he was her son who was born blind.
20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus[b] to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” 24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”[c] 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt;[d] but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.
Now, from this chapter, we will encounter God as the Healer of our life. We know, healing is something God has promised to give. It’s time to open our mind and let the understanding come in.
First, healing is the work of God who sent Jesus, His son, to manifest what it is to be healed; how the healing works; how we can heal someone. In verse 4, Jesus said “we must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” Notice, the work of God was delegated to us because Jesus said “WE”. Jesus was the concrete manifestation on how the healing of God works. The healing is the work of God. But Jesus said, we are to work that work of God. Then so, if that is the case, Jesus encourages us to be the conduit of God’s healing power to manifest in the natural world. However, how do we delve ourselves in this work? How do we embrace this work?
We should embrace the Spirit of God. Notice, whenever Jesus heals someone, it is always stated that he anointed the receiver or the recipient of healing. It is not just expressed as Jesus touched someone or spoke to someone. It is always with the anointing that he heals. Healing actually is one of the gifts when the Spirit of God is poured out over someone. In simple terms, the anointing is the presence of the Holy Spirit being smeared upon someone according to Jean – Claude Soupin, author of ‘Carriers of God’s Anointing’. So when we embrace the Spirit of God, anointing shall burst out on us and it will overflow to someone who needs the healing. We don’t actually heal the person. We allow the person to encounter the healer himself, because we are the ambassador of God once we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Be the ambassador of God. Meet our Healer!