God's Divine Healing: A Means of Redemption, Part SixMonday, October 03, 2005
Another of the lost sheep of Israel was redeemed through divine healing on the day when a house where Jesus was speaking was so packed that a man’s four friends hoisted him atop the roof, punch a hole through the roof, and lowered him down in front of Jesus to be healed. What is interesting is to note something here which occurred several other times. In response to this great faith, Jesus responded in Mark 2:5 – “My son, your sins are forgiven.” Now, this happened so that everyone around would put two and two together: ‘If only God can forgive sins, and if this man is saying your sins are forgiven, then this man is God!’ But the thing that interests me in light of this brief study is that redemption from sin is proclaimed before healing from disease. The actual healing doesn’t occur until verse 11 in response to the confusion of the crowd as to His authority in forgiveness. And the result? “And he rose and immediately took up the pallet and went out in the sight of all; so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this’” (v. 12).
The story of the blind man, Bartimaeus, is always a heart warming story. To me it is heartwarming because Bart was from Jericho, the town destroyed by Joshua and the Israelites because it was a pagan city. He had heard of Jesus’ power of healing and so he sat on the road waiting for Jesus to pass by. When He did, Bart called out to Jesus who then healed him. Jesus response was the usual: “your faith has made you well” (Mark 10:52). The result? “And immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.” 'Bart' was healed from his blindness, redeemed from his sin, and immediately became a follower of Jesus.