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YAHUSHUA the Healer

Reading: Matthew 4


We live in a sick world: a world in which disease is commonplace. Almost everyone knows someone who is unwell. Billions are spent each year on the nation's health. Sooner or later - no matter how fit we currently are - we all become ill. If we are extremely favored we will just get old and fall asleep in death without becoming ill. But few are so blessed. It was into this physically, mentally and spiritually sick world that YAHUSHUA the Healer came. His divine commission is specified in Luke's gospel. Here it is:

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of YaHuWaH is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to:
  • Preach the gospel to the poor;
  • He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
  • to preach deliverance to the captives,
  • and recovering of sight to the blind,
  • to set at liberty them that are bruised,
  • 19: To preach the acceptable year of YaHuWaH.

1. YAHUSHUA the Healer

There are scores of Bible passages telling of how YAHUSHUA went about healing the sick. Indeed it is fair to say that more is written about his healing work than his sermons or prayers: though in reality all three are closely related. Here is one such text about healing.

Matthew 4:23 And YAHUSHUA 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.

Physical health is a priceless commodity, which increases in value the older one gets. When one's health is gone, it seems nothing we can do can bring it back. But the Savior healed every type of physical ailment. When he had passed through a village or town, he left behind a perfectly healthy population: no lepers, no cripples, no cancer patients, no deaf and dumb mutes and no one possessed by evil spirits. It is quite impossible to imagine the sense of joy and exultation that followed in the wake of the Savior's tour. In the annals of human history there has never been anything like it. Had he visited mankind in this century he would have been mobbed by millions simply for his ability to heal. But if you go back and study his 'terms of reference' (listed above) you will see that YAHUSHUA the Messiah didn't just come to heal the body. After all everyone he healed died some years later. Their healing was simply a low-level lesson of the real healing he had in mind. Remember his mission was to:

  • Preach the gospel to the poor,
  • Heal the broken hearted,
  • Deliver the captives of sin,
  • Open the eyes of the spiritually blind,
  • Set at liberty those who had been battered and bruised by Satan;
  • And announce the acceptable year of YaHuWaH : the day of Salvation!

With that spiritual commission in mind let us now consider the process of physical healing and what it really represents.

2. Surgery Hours

As you know most doctors have surgery hours. These are set times when they are especially available for consultation. The Great Physician also has a 'sacred time' when He is available for special consultation and help. That special time is called His Sabbath day. The Sabbath is YaHuWaH 's appointed time for worship, for spiritual healing, learning, meditation, rest and recovery. It is His 'weekly surgery day.' If you want spiritual healing, the Sabbath is when you will always find the heavenly Physician available. The weekly Sabbath, incidentally, is Saturday - not Sunday. Sunday is the bogus sabbath. It was borrowed from paganism. It is not a holy day at all. Concerning time and the Sabbath the Scriptures say this:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9: Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:
10: But the seventh day is the sabbath of YaHuWaH thy Elohim: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11: For in six days YaHuWaH made Heaven and Earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore YaHuWaH blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Is it Lawful to do Good on the Sabbath Day? It Certainly Is.

Luke 6:6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that He entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
7: And the scribes and Pharisees watched Him, whether He would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against Him.
8: But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
9: Then said YAHUSHUA unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
10: And looking round about upon them all, He said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

YAHUSHUA's Methods and Medicines

When we examine YAHUSHUA's healings we find that all he needed to do was command illness to go and it went. Or he would simply touch a patient and the contact - even of his garment - was enough to bring health to the sufferer. How was that possible? What power was at work there? How could a word or two heal a physical disease? How could a single touch open the ears of the deaf or cure leprosy? What spiritual powers were working behind the scenes? To be honest, I do not know how these miracles were accomplished. I only know they were - by the power of YaHuWaH.

A Word

Matthew 8:8 ...but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

A Touch
Luke 22:51 And YAHUSHUA answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And He touched his ear, and healed him.

How is this Accomplished?

Isaiah 53:5 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.

This is too difficult a text to fully understand. We accept it as fact; but we do not know how Messiah's suffering effected our healing. One day we will know that is accomplished.

Matthew 8:3 And YAHUSHUA put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

4. The Patient's Part

But even in the presence of the Great Physician there is something the patient must possess if a healing is to be effected. That something is Faith. If faith, however small, is present then healing is possible. But if faith is not present then healing is not possible.

Mark 9:23 YAHUSHUA said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24: And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.

Mark 6:5 And He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
6: And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went round about the villages, teaching.

5. Incurable Sicknesses

Unbelief is a real stumbling block to divine healing: rebellion is even worse. Rebellion places a person in an incurable position, which can only be reversed when repentance is present. In other words persistent sin puts a person beyond the reach of healing. Only spiritual enlightenment, conviction, repentance and faith can bridge that gap.

Jeremiah 30:12 For thus saith YaHuWaH, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.
13: There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.
14: All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.
15: Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.

6. Infirm Believers

It is an error to think that only sinners become ill. Physical illness comes to most people - even to true believers. Read the book of Job to see how this 'spiritually perfect man' suffered greatly, all for no fault of his own. More examples:

Genesis 48:1 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father(Jacob) is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
2 Kings 13:14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died...
Isaiah 38:1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death...

YaHuWaH 's church (the body of Messiah) is also infirm. Dare we say it again? The church is infirm! The church is not mentally ill, for YAHUSHUA its head is perfectly well. But the church is not well. Look about you and notice how many members of the body of Messiah are spiritually withered, bruised, weak and ill. Yes, the body of YAHUSHUA is not well. But it is still alive! And that is why we attend church at surgery hours. We've come for healing of our broken hearts, shattered hopes, splintered friendships and withered health. We will be healed.

7. How to be Healed

Anointing by the Elders

In cases of physical illness, when doctors cannot help, then call the elders of the church and ask to be anointed. This is the divinely prescribed route for healing in our day.

James 5:14 : Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of YaHuWaH :
15: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and YaHuWaH shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Some amazing physical healings have occurred when sufferers have been anointed by church elders. Many times, however, no healing takes place. We do not know why: but someday we will. On other occasions miraculous healings occur. You should, however, beware of false prophets posing as 'miracle workers'.

Spiritual Healing

Spiritual healing comes from the Father via the Son. You must accept YaHuWaH 's offer of help if you want to be healed from spiritual wretchedness, misery, poverty, blindness and nakedness. There is no cure elsewhere for these spiritual maladies. Spiritual maladies call for a spiritual physician.

Rev.3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

Spiritual healing is always guaranteed in this life. The Savior has promised to come into your life and heal you if you will but allow Him. That is His promise. Believe Him.