Jesus performed some of the most remarkable miracles and healings that mankind has ever known. Mainly in Israel, His ministry started when he was about 30 years old and lasted for approximately 3 years. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost. He healed multitudes of people and befriended sinners and helped those who were afflicted and distressed. The evidence of His ministry is recorded in the Gospels.
Jesus is described as the “Lamb of God.” (John 1:29) “Light of the world.” (John 8:12) “Good Shepherd.” (John 10:11-14) “True Vine.” (John 15:1) Jesus offers salvation for whoever trusts in Him. Romans 10:9-19 “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Jesus was so full of supernatural power that people just had to touch Him and they were healed of crippling illnesses that plagued them for years. One such account is of the woman who suffered for twelve years from hemorrhaging. She had spent all her money on doctors, but she couldn’t be cured (Luke 8:43-48). She touched the fringe of Jesus’ clothing and instantly her flow of blood stopped. Jesus knew he had been touched, as he felt the power leave His body. When he realized who it was, graciously He said to the woman “Daughter, your faith has healed you.”
Wherever Jesus travelled, multitudes of sick people followed Him for healing (John 6:2). He was in demand and Jesus knew this. There are moments in scripture where Jesus is recorded as telling those people he healed not to tell anybody about the miracle He performed on them. Why did He want to keep quiet about his healings? (Luke 8:56, Mark 1:44, Mark 7:36, Matt. 8:4) The Bible isn’t clear on this; however, the most obvious conclusion would be He didn’t want to draw attention to Himself from the Jewish leaders of the day. This would result in persecution prematurely before he had time to heal and save the lost and spread the good news of the Kingdom of God.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus performs a miracle for a vast crowd of around 5000 people so they could eat (John 6:2-11). Jesus’ disciple Andrew explained to Jesus that a little boy there had five barley loaves and two small fish to feed the hungry. But clearly, this wasn’t enough, so Jesus took the loaves and fish and multiplied them after He gave thanks to God and fed them all.
Jesus’ compassion for humanity was immeasurable. His mercy extended to all people. He didn’t flinch or complain when someone wanted healing. Jesus knew His time was short, so He didn’t waste time. His goal was to preach, teach and help as many people as possible during His time on earth.
The Gospel of Matthew talks about the healing of a Canaanite woman’s daughter that was possessed by a demon (Matt. 15:22:28). She was distraught when she approached Jesus to tell Him her daughter wasn’t well. She fell on her knees worshipping and praying to ask Jesus for help. She was at the end of the road, and she knew Jesus was the only person that could save her daughter. Jesus recognised that the faith in this woman was strong, so without hesitation, he healed her daughter.
Scripture emphasis’s that faith is the driving force behind people being restored. Faith was and still is fundamental in receiving healing from Jesus Christ. Faith is the crucial element of Christianity. It’s our faith together with the word of God which gives us strength, hope and love. Psalm 125:1 “Those who trust in and rely on the Lord [with confident expectation] Are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but remains forever.”
Another healing in the Gospel of Mark is when a blind man was brought to Jesus in Bethsaida. Jesus had spat on his hand and then laid hands on him. He asked the blind man if he saw anything. The blind man looked up and said he saw people, but they looked like trees walking. Then Jesus placed His hands on the man’s eyes again. The blind man fixed his gaze on objects and his sight was restored (Mark 8:22-25). This is an example of when healing occurs little by little. Sometimes healings don’t happen instantly.
Prayer is our lifeline to God when sickness overwhelms us. As a Christian, prayer encourages us to keep going and to never give up. It’s a direct connection to Jesus when things get rough and when we need the strength to get up each day and put one foot in front of the other.
When the disciples were sailing across the sea to Capernaum, the seas became very choppy and rough. It grew dark and Jesus wasn’t with them at this time. When they had rowed a few miles, they noticed Jesus walking on the sea towards them. Of course, this frightened the disciples, but Jesus told them not to be afraid (John 6:16-21).
Jesus was confident in who He was. He was bold and courageous, and He had faith that could move mountains (Matt. 17:20). Jesus also instructs us to be strong and courageous (Josh. 1:9, Deut. 31:6). We need these qualities if we are going to be disciples of Christ and spread the good news of the kingdom of God.
The healings and miracles of Jesus that I have brought to you are not exhaustive. The Bible has an extensive collection in the Gospels of many more that He performed. I hope this article gives you a better understanding of Jesus’ purpose on earth. Jesus was and still is the Way and the Truth and the Life. Nobody comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).