The Simplicity of Healing in Jesus
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I was at the mall walking towards a friend’s photography shop, when I saw this huge man walking towards me. He was about six foot eight and approximately four hundred pounds.I walked up to him, slapped him on the back of the head and stated your allergies are gone. As it turned out, he attended the same church I had just started attending and had severe allergies since childhood. His allergies were so severe he had never been able to smell anything. A week later at church he walked up to me and told me that the next morning he woke up being able to smell. His eyes were not swollen either. We became instant friends, and he now prays over people and sees them healed on a daily basis.
Another testimony, with a little less drama is when I walked into a Little Caesar’s pizza place and the woman at the register had a sling on. I asked what had happened, she responded that her elbow was broken. I simply stated that her elbow is healed, In Jesus Name. Then I asked “is it more comfortable? ” She responded by taking the sling off and using her arm, while being amazed.
Honestly the majority of people would not call this a prayer. When someone calls me on the phone asking for prayer, my response most often is “stand up and walk”, or “move your arm”. It is seldom much more than that. My speech is simply a short command to do something that a second ago they could not do. Or if the major symptom is pain, I simply ask “is it more comfortable”.
Jesus healed the same way, simple short commands, most often giving an order to take an action. Let’s first take a look at how Jesus healed in the Gospels, then we’ll look at what he didn’t do that most ministries do today.
Mark 7:33-35 - The deaf-mute man. Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!
Matthew 8:2 - Healing the leper “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
Matthew 8:13 - Healing the centurion’s servant of palsy. Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.
Matthew 8:14-15 - Healing Peter’s mother-in-law. When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him.
In the above nine scriptures, it only took a touch from Jesus, because of the Holy Spirit’s righteousness and purity within Jesus. Because of that same righteousness within us, we can do the same.
Matthew 9:6 - Healing the man sick of the palsy. Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
Matthew 9:25 - Healing of Jairus’ daughter. After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!
Matthew 9:28-29 - The two blind men. So Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I have the power to restore sight to your eyes?” They replied, “Yes Lord, we believe!” Then Jesus put his hands over their eyes and said, “You will have what your faith expects!” And instantly their eyes opened & they could see!
Matthew 12:13 - The man with a withered hand. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one!
Matthew 15:28 - Healing the daughter of the Syrophoenician woman. “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.
Matthew 20:32-34 - Two Blind Men. But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.
Mark 8:23-25 - The blind man. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?” The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.
Luke 7:14-15 - The dead man raised. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
Luke 14:4 - The man whose body was swollen. Jesus touched the sick man and healed him and sent him away.
Luke 17:12-14 - The ten lepers. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
John 4:49-50 - The official's son. The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.” Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.
John 5:8-9 - The man at the pool of Bethesda. Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed!
John 9:6-7 - The man born blind. Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!
In all these cases, Jesus simply gave a simple command to do something. This, contrary to popular opinion, is not an act of faith to be healed. Rather, Jesus gave them these simple direct commands to overcome the person's unbelief. He was simply saying the command to inform them that they can go, because they are healed.
How about evil spirits? Let us look at a few scriptures to see how Jesus dealt with them:
Matthew 1:24-26 - The demoniac in a synagogue. “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God!” But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.
Matthew 17:18 - The lunatic boy. Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.
Notice in these two cases there was just a simple “come out”. There were no breaking generational curses, no teaching about different levels of demons, no asking the demon its name, Jesus only did that one time for a specific purpose. Other than that, it was just a simple rebuke; Come out. These are actually the only two cases of Jesus rebuking spirits besides the case of the man possessed with legion.
Matthew 12:22-23 - The blind and dumb demoniac. Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see.
Luke 13:11-13 - The woman crippled by an evil spirit. He saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!
The above two cases are actually the normal way Jesus handled demons, not rebuking them but simply treating the case like any other sickness. In fact, we have this verse.
Mark 6:56 - Wherever he went in villages, cities, or the countryside they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the tassels of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.
We also have Peter, who just by merely passing people, the spirits were driven out without so much as a word from him (Acts 5:15). Paul and his cloths; whoever received Paul’s cloth was healed without any words, breaking any curses or knowing the spirit's name (Acts 19:11-12). There is not a single instance recorded in scripture where casting out a devil was a drawn out battle involving breaking curses -generational or not-, renouncing vows, destroying spiritual altars or talking to the demon been cast out. It is by our human traditions that we have made casting out demons a battle. This is because we are often trying to cast them out by our self-righteousness and not from the righteousness of the Holy Spirit within us.
Matthew 9:20-22 - The woman with the issue of blood. Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Jesus turned around, and when he saw her, he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
This scripture with the woman with the issue of blood, is set apart from others because this woman is a demonstration of what we already have. By her faith she pulled out Jesus’s righteousness and virtue into herself. With us, we already have Jesus’s righteousness, virtue, and holiness put into us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we have everything we need to be healed and to walk in divine health. It is this revelation that will bring the healing power of the Holy Spirit from our spirit to our body.
Practically every teacher or minister states that Jesus healed in many different ways, which is why I’ve given you every single scripture of the individual healings of Jesus to show that is not the truth. There were only two ways through which Jesus healed. Either by simply touching them or by giving them a command to do something. Those he simply touched already believed.
Now let’s look at what Jesus never did to get someone healed, and the common things that most people do today to try to heal a person. Jesus never broke a generational curse or any other curse. He never begged his heavenly father to heal a person. An example is pleading with God, such as "God please heal sister so and so." He never rebuked a sickness or symptom. An example of how we speak it is: Pain I command you to leave now in Jesus Name. He never had a person repent of their sins. He never had them try to figure out who they haven’t forgiven. He never stated anything about the disease such as "leprosy I command you to die, now." He never visited the courtrooms of heaven to attain a verdict of not guilty for a person. He already did that through the cross. He never stated "demon I bind you up." Twice he just commanded them to leave. As a reminder, to the woman with the spirit of infirmity, (as it has been named in our modern day) Jesus simply stated, “Dear woman you are healed of your sickness.” He didn’t talk, rebuke or say anything to the evil spirit.
We don’t have the apostles doing those things either. Peter at the gate called beautiful simply pulled up the paralyzed man. Saying “silver or gold I don’t have, but what I do have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” Then he yanked the fellow up.
In our human reasoning we have created the resistance, and have made healing and the miraculous more difficult than Jesus demonstrated. We teach that there must be resistance from the enemy. The accounts of healing miracles that I have listed here show the exact opposite. Even in the mere three accounts that we have of Jesus talking to the demons there was no resistance from the demons. Think about it, all of the mass healings that took place along with the individual healings; it was never a practice of Jesus to talk to demons. In the two cases we've seen, we don’t have the demon presenting a case of “legal rights” to Jesus as a reason for them to stay. Many will agree with me, but then add, but we’re not Jesus. The apostles weren’t Jesus either and we see them do the same things that Jesus did. The other seventy weren’t Jesus nor were they apostles. Stephen who was stoned to death was simply a food distributor, a deacon who performed many miracles.
What we do have is the Holy Spirit, and a decree of being righteous. Therefore, it is by his righteousness that we can do the same things that Jesus did. It all comes down to what we believe. If we believe there has to be resistance, then we have created our own resistance. We have set up the blockade ourselves, by using our human wisdom and reasoning.
Up to this point I’ve been talking about healing other people. Healing for ourselves is just as attainable. Walk into a dark room, flip the light switch on. Is there any resistance from the darkness? Darkness cannot resist light, the two cannot occupy the same space. When we realize that we have the virtue of Christ in us, then that is the light switch and the sickness has no choice but to flee from his righteousness. As you are contemplating on this, spontaneously move around and take note that your body is more comfortable. "Are your limbs moving more fluidly?" Then you are healed; thank you Jesus.
Here’s your assignment, during a casual conversation with someone -believer or unbeliever. When the person makes a statement about a health condition, for example “my back is killing me,” just out of the blue, command the person to do something. No explanation, just a “simple bend over” then ask "is it better?" You will be amazed at the results. Or if you desire you can say “be healed” now bend over, but be spontaneous! Don’t even give it any prior thought, just do it.
Be Blessed, Be Healed, Be a Blessing.