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Friday, June 29 2012
The Healing Spirit
The Messiah had a great measure of the Holy Spirit. He was conceived entirely by it ("1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" Luke 1:35 KJV) and the Holy Spirit grew with and within Him from His birth ("2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him" Luke 2:40 KJV).
Being filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of purity, in which nothing impure or unclean can exist, determined the basis of how the Messiah healed those who were physically ill or injured of themselves, on one hand, and those who were infected by an unclean spirit, that was alive of itself. The Messiah, by means of the Holy Spirit, "took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" within Himself, obliterating them from existence, but "cast out the spirits with his word," because spirits are immortal. Unlike the physical illness or injury that was healed by the Holy Spirit within Him (hence also the primary reason for the "laying on of hands" e.g. for illness "5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live," Mark 5:23 KJV, and for injury, "22:50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. 22:51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him" Luke 22:50-51 KJV), He did not take unclean spirits within Himself; He cast them out and away.
"8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
The apostles were not, at first, able to heal others. It may have been due that their faith had not yet grown to sufficient levels ("I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not ... O faithless and perverse generation"), but also because they may not yet have come to understand the "taking in" and the "casting out" principles of healing. The healer must first identify the actual source and cause of the malady, not merely the manifested symptoms (e.g. demon possession can appear as mental illness, and vice versa), in order to apply the appropriate and effective remedy.
"9:37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. 9:38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. 9:39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. 9:40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.
Note very carefully the differentiating "and" in "he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease."
"10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
The famous "temptation of Christ" was the ultimate not taking in of an unclean spirit, unlike for example, Judas: "22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve" (Luke 22:3 KJV).
"4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil [see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal]. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
The Ministry of the Messiah began immediately after "the temptation of Christ," whereby He began healing people of their physical and spiritual ailments - that moreover included the healing of spiritual blindness, the "blind leading the blind" religions of this present world (see A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).
"4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
The famous "Physician, heal thyself" was actually a rebuke, not of a bad doctor, but of faithless people who would not follow the doctor's "prescription" ("prescription" is based on the same root word as "scriptures").
"4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
Being religious is not a defense against demon possession, as documented here by "in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil." Notice again, that the healing was done by casting out the demon, not by taking it in (unlike the Satanic-fantasy movie The Exorcist).
"4:33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 4:34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.
When miraculous healing were done, it was most-often with a simple touch ("he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed") of the physically sick or injured, while "devils also came out of many" at His command i.e. "And he rebuking them."
"4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 4:39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
The Ministry of the Messiah is popularly portrayed as His traveling around with the twelve apostles, but "many" women ("and many others, which ministered unto him") were also with them - including those who had been healed of physical and spiritual ailments ("evil spirits and infirmities") - a previous condition that did not in any way disqualify them as witnesses of the Messiah.
"8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance." (Luke 8:1-3 KJV)
Mary of Magdala, a town on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (see The Cities Of Lake Galilee), was one of the women who had been healed ("Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils"). Mary of Magdala was one of the first people to discover that the resurrection had happened.
"24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 24:8 And they remembered his words,
Mary of Magdala was, alone, the first human to speak with the risen Messiah.
"20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
Fact Finder: What was the purpose of the ministry of John the prophet, more popularly known as "John the Baptist"?
This Day In History, June 29
1194: Sverre became King of Norway.
1438: Albrecht II ("the Bear") was crowned king of Bohemia after being crowned king of Hungary and Germany earlier in the year.
1529: The Second Treaty of Barcelona, a peace settlement between Emperor Charles V and Pope Clement VII which made the Spanish Habsburgs dominant in Italy.
1613: The original Globe Theater in London burned down during the first performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.
1807: During the Russo-Turkish War, Admiral Dmitry Senyavin defeated the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Athos (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1855: The Daily Telegraph was first published in London.
1880: France annexed Tahiti.
1925: King George V opened Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London. Canada House is the official building for Canada's High Commissioner and staff in Britain.
1937: Joseph Armand Bombardier patented the Bombardier snowmobile.
1943: Germany began to withdraw its U-Boats from the North Atlantic in anticipation of the Allied invasion of Europe.
1946: In response to murders and bombings by Jewish resistance in "Palestine," including the June 17 blowing up of 10 of the 11 bridges connecting the land of Israel to surrounding nations, the British conducted dawn raids and arrested over 2,700 Jews. The incident was later used as the pretext for the "Zionist" bombing of the King David Hotel a little over 3 weeks later. See A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace to understand why Britain was given to control much of the Middle East at that time, and how their presence there permitted the people of Judah (who once again failed to recognize their deliverer) to fulfill the prophecy about their return to the land of Israel.
1966: U.S. planes bombed Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time in the Vietnam War.
1967: Israel removed barricades to re-unify Jerusalem.
1974: Isabel Peron was sworn in as President of Argentina, taking over from her husband Juan Peron who became ill.
1995: A department store in Seoul collapsed, killing 502 people in South Korea's worst peacetime disaster.
2002: South Korean and North Korean naval forces engaged in a brief firefight. Six South Korean sailors were killed and a North Korean vessel was sunk.
2006: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay prisoners in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law. The trials continued anyway, as they did under Barak Obama, who had pledged to close the U.S. base/prison camp in communist Cuba, but never did.