HEALING POWER OF JESUS
Matthew 8:16-17 WEB When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick; 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases."
Matthew 8:16-17 AMP When evening came, they brought to Him many who were under the power of demons, and He drove out the spirits with a word and restored to health all who were sick. 17 And thus He fulfilled what the prophet Isaiah spoke; He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases. [Isa. 53:4.]
THERE ARE FOUR THINGS OF NOTE IN THIS SCRIPTURE:
1. JESUS CAST OUT DEMONS BY HIS WORD.
2. JESUS HEALED ALL THAT WERE SICK.
3. JESUS TOOK ALL OUR INFIRMITIES.
4. JESUS BORE OUR SICKNESSES.
BOTH GREEK WORDS:
- 1. LAMBANO = to take in order to carry away, remove–v17; Matthew 5:40 WEB If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.
2. BASTAZO = to bear or lift with the idea of removal–v17; Luke 7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare [him] stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
3. Both words plainly mean the same as the Heb NASA=to bear, to take the debt of sin and sickness upon oneself and carry it as His own – Isa 53:4; Leviticus 5:1 And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and [is] a witness, whether he hath seen or known [of it]; if he do not utter [it], then he shall bear his iniquity. – Leviticus 16:22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
WHAT WAS IT JESUS BORE BY TAKING UPON HIMSELF?
- 1. Isa 53:4, this is not sins, but our griefs [sicknesses] and sorrow [pains]. Isaiah 53:4 WEB Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted. [Matt. 8:17.]
- 2. Jesus did not bear them merely to enter into the fellowship of our sufferings, BUT TO DELIVER US FROM THEM.
IT WOULD BE VALUELESS FOR JESUS TO BEAR OUR SICKNESSES AND PAINS WITHOUT DELIVERING US FROM THE SAME.
- 1. Our sins, sicknesses and diseases were borne by Jesus.
- 2. All evil the fall brought with it. – 1Peter 2:24 WEB who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. Romans 8:17-18 WEB and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us.
- 3. A question arises from Rom. 8:17-18 – since believers are fellow heirs with Christ — IF it is God’s will for believers to have sickness and disease, then God expects more out of a believer than He did out of Jesus Christ. 1John 4:17 Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world.
- 4. The suffering that is referred to, is suffering persecution and the attending pain, for righteousness sake. – Matthew 5:10 WEB Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
- 5. The apostle Paul, suffered much in his body because of persecution, but the Scripture does not reference sickness and disease. – 2Cor. 12:5-10 (see below); 2Cor. 11:24-30 WEB Five times from the Jews I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I suffered shipwreck. I have been a night and a day in the deep. 26 I have been in travels often, perils of rivers, perils of robbers, perils from my countrymen, perils from the Gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the wilderness, perils in the sea, perils among false brothers; 27 in labor and travail, in sleepless nights often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, and in cold and nakedness. 28 Besides those things that are outside, there is that which presses on me daily, anxiety for all the assemblies. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is caused to stumble, and I don't burn with indignation? 30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that concern my weakness.
THESE WERE NOT TYPES OF SPIRITUAL DISEASES AS SOME BELIEVE.
- 1. These were real diseases borne by Christ as well as sin.
- 2. The ultimate Redemption by Atonement removes all sins and diseases with complete redemption of body and soul – Rom 8:11,17-24; Phil 3:21, Ephesians 5:27 WEB that he might present the assembly to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
- 3. God deals with sin and disease NOW as revealed in Is 6:10; 61:1; Mt 13:15; John 10:10 WEB The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
- 4. With His stripes we are healed– 1Pet 2:24; Isaiah 53:5 ASV But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
FEEBLENESS OF MIND AND BODY, MALADY, FRAILITY, DISEASE, SICKNESS, WEAKNESS
- 1. All of these Christ bore on the Cross, fulfilling – Isa 53.
- 2. Every infirmity is not a disease or sickness, but all of these are infirmities – Lk 5:15; 7:21; 8:2; 13:11-12; John 5:5 ASV And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity.
- 2a. priests had infirmities – Hebrews 5:2 ASV who can bear gently with the ignorant and erring, for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity; – Hebrews 7:28 ASV For the law appointeth men high priests, having infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was after the law, appointeth a Son, perfected for evermore.
- 2b. but not diseases or physical imperfections – Leviticus 21:17-24 ASV Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed throughout their generations that hath a blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. 18 For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or anything superfluous, 19 or a man that is broken-footed, or broken-handed, 20 or crook-backed, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or is scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; 21 no man of the seed of Aaron the priest, that hath a blemish, shall come nigh to offer the offerings of Jehovah made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. 22 He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy: 23 only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I am Jehovah who sanctifieth them. 24 So Moses spake unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.
- 3. SICKNESS – natural bodily malfunctions of the heart, or anything not virulent, infirmities of the body and mind.
- 4. DISEASE – all viruses, anything communicable.
- 4a. diseases are not infirmities, but can result in same.
- 5. INFIRMITES are weaknesses of the flesh.
- 5a. all sicknesses and diseases can cause infirmity.
- 6. All saints MAY have infirmities or weaknesses – Romans 8:26 ASV And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered;
- 6a. but not necessarily sickness and diseases – Romans 15:1 ASV Now we that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
- 6b. Paul had infirmities or weaknesses in body, probably because of sufferings – 2Cor 11.24-30; 2Corinthians 12:5-10 ASV On behalf of such a one will I glory: but on mine own behalf I will not glory, save in my weaknesses. 6 For if I should desire to glory, I shall not be foolish; for I shall speak the truth: but I forbear, lest any man should account of me above that which he seeth me to be, or heareth from me. 7 And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch. 8 Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it might depart from me. 9 And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
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