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Palsy is an abbreviation of paralysis, a physical condition involving the loss or reduction of motion in some part or parts of the body, usually due to nerve damage or some nerve-related disorder. It is something that many humans, young and old, have unfortunately experienced since ancient times. Medical treatments for it are sometimes little more effective today than they were centuries ago. There have been genuine miraculous cures however (not the carnival-like frauds sometimes seen on Sunday-morning TV and modern-day "tent meetings"), true healings as recorded in Bible History (and as there will be again), done by Jesus Christ, and some of His servants, not just as a matter of human compassion, but as a demonstration of the life and health giving power of the Gospel.

Miraculous Healings

Crutches Jesus Christ healed many of various serious health problems, including those with palsy, while preaching the Gospel:

"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their Synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and He healed them" (Matthew 4:23-24 KJV)

Faith was a key element of miraculous healings, both on the part of the one being healed, and the one through whom the healing was done (see also the Fact Finder question below):

"And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented."

"And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him."

"The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it."

"When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

"And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour." (Matthew 8:5-13 KJV)

Forgiveness is also involved in healing:

"And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee."

"And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth."

"And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, then saith he to the sick of the palsy, Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house."

"And he arose, and departed to his house." (Matthew 9:2-7 KJV)

Any healings that actually happened in the waters of Bethesda were made possible by faith - the man that Jesus healed there never got to the water:

"Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."

"And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?"

"The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me."

"Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked" (John 5:2-9 KJV)

The healing power that made possible the healings done by the Messiah was the same power that enabled His servants to heal, such as the examples here involving Philip and Peter, which again, were done as a proof of the Gospel message, to help people turn to The Lord:

"Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed." (Acts 8:5-7 KJV)

"And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord."

Fact Finder: How were people miraculously healed of palsy and other health problems?
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