And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all. (Luke 6:17-19)
The Power Of Jesus
After the Lord chose twelve apostles, He comes to a place where a great multitude find Him and teaching the people and healing them of all manner of disease, Jesus shows forth His authority both in word and deed. It must have been the most incredible time in the history of the world. One man standing in a crowd of thousands drawn from Judea, Jerusalem and as far away as Tyre and Sidon. The people came to hear Jesus teach. Many more are healed of their diseases including the demon possessed. His power was so great that the whole multitude swarmed around Him just to touch Him to be healed. Imagine hundreds if not thousands of people touching the Lord just to be healed. They came with diseases and left cleansed. Living with excruciating pain was removed when they touched Jesus. The lame walked again, the blind could see and those tormented by the evil darkness of demons were set free. All diseases were cured that day. Everyone who came to Jesus went home with the gift physical cleansing. The power of Jesus was an amazing demonstration of God’s mercy, grace and love for all men regardless of their age, gender, social or economic status. A few years later they killed the man who healed them and the power was lost from earth.
The life of Jesus was a remarkable time for those living in Israel. Thousands of people were healed of every disease known to man. They lived out their lives without the disease that plagued them but after Jesus died so did the power. Through the power of the Holy Spirit another generation of men rose to heal disease and cast out demons but these men passed away also. A day dawned upon earth when the last person with the power to heal died and so ended that divine time of physical healing. Two thousand years removed, disease still has its cruel hand on the lives of all men. There are charlatans of deceit that claim the power of healing but their truth is a lie. The power of miraculous healing has ended but a greater power remains.
Jesus died and rose from the dead on the third day to establish His power over sin. His greatest gift to man was not causing the blind to see or making the lame to walk. This was temporary. Those who were healed have been dead for many generations. The greatest power of Jesus are the words that we read of His life and the force of His teaching that heals the heart of sin. Hearing Jesus brings about great happiness than curing disease. Following this period of teaching and healing, Jesus delivered a powerful sermon similar to His discourse on the mountain. His teaching was the real power of Jesus. The physical body could be healed but it would decay again and die. When the words of Jesus changed a heart of sin there was an eternal reward.
The story of Jesus is the story of His teaching. God has put forth His word in the hearts of men in written form so they can read and understand His will for salvation. Healing comes in the spiritual man by hearing the word of God, believing and obeying His words. Greater joy is found when we accept the commands of the Lord and follow His will. The body continues to decay and when death consumes the physical the reward of eternal life embraces the soul of man and true happiness is found. Touching Jesus is touching His word. Seeking Jesus is coming to His teachings and allowing the power of God to live in the heart. Experience the power of Jesus by opening up His word and let His word dwell in your heart. Now that is power.