Joseph Prince - His Healing Is For The Undeserving
When Jesus was in his hometown in Nazareth, Jesus stood up to read and they gave them scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He knew where it was. Straightaway, he goes to our English Bible is Isaiah 61, and he came to that portion and it says, "Spirit of the Lord is upon me to preach good news to the poor". The very first thing is good news to the poor, amen? Y'all decide what's good news to the poor. What will be good news to the poor? If you are poor, what will be good news, all right? This is the good news, you haven't paid your last bill. Is that good news? No, no. So I leave you, you know, it's so clear. All right, he preached the first thing, "God has anointed me," Jesus said, "to preach the good news to the poor," amen.
And then he go on to say, "To heal the broken heart, the opening of prison doors to those who are bound, and then to preach their favorable year of the Lord," and then he closed the book. And he says, "Today" to all of them looking at him, their eyes were fastened on him. He says, "Today the Scripture is fulfilled in your years". And then Jesus said, "Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you truly, many widows for in Israel in the days of Elijah". Now, watch the illustration he uses. Every word that Jesus speaks is full of gravity, is full of significance, is just truth that will set us free. So, don't just bypass it real quick. What did Jesus tell them? An example from the Old Testament, all right? "I tell you truly, many widows, many widow, were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land".
So, obviously, people were poor because of famine. "But to none of them, to none of them, to none of the many widows was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow". So, he's saying there were many widows, where? Go back again. Many widows where? In Israel. But God sent Elijah, where? To Zarephath. Go back to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon. This is outside Israel. God did not send Elijah to the many widows in Israel. God sent Elijah to a widow that was suffering outside Israel. The next one is, "And many lepers," say, "many". "Many lepers". Now what is leprosy, what is leprosy? It's a disease, right? It's a disease, right? So, there were many people diseased, where? In Israel in the time of Elijah. Now, it's Elijah the prophet. "And none of them was cleansed accept Naaman the Syrian".
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa okay, first of all, what kind of miracle is this? A miracle of healing. Would you say the first is provision? I'm being very nice. I'm using a nice word. Okay, let's try again. Would you say the first example was prosperity? Okay, the second one, can we say health, healing, right? You know how they responded? Look at the response. "So, all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with," joy. What's the reaction? Wrath. My goodness, you know why? You know why? Because they were Jews. Jesus was a Jew, but Jesus is saying, "You know why these people received"?
Number one, I'll tell you why, it's God's love. God wants to get all the glory. God wants you to know it's nothing that you deserve. It's not based on law. It's not based on merit system. Provision, learn this, provision and healing comes by grace and that's the message they cannot accept. They say, "No, no, no, no, don't remind us of that. God has to heal us because of who we are, our national background because we are the people". And Jesus himself is a Jew but Jesus demonstrating his grace, people. It is not law. It's not who, you know, what you are in the flesh, it is who God is. It is not how faithful you are, it's how faithful God is. It's not how much you have kept the greatest commandment, how much you love God, it's how much God loves you. Can you understand, people, amen?
If you can understand that, you can receive provision. You can receive healing. Oh, they were angry. Oh, they were so angry, they were literally sniffing out like a dragon, you know, smoke. Look at their reaction. "And they were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill", They're about to murder him. "And they might throw Him down over the cliff". Look at this, this is so cool. "Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way". He didn't run away. He went through the center of them. No one can touch him. You are following the one that death has no hold over. He's on the other side and he brought you to the other side as well. Amen, can I have a good amen, people? Are you with me so far?
Now, the Bible tells us that in the Book of Galatians, the reason why the Galatian Christians were experiencing all kinds of difficulty in their lives and they seem to see evidences of the curse in their life is because Paul is telling them, "Look, you went back to the law," amen? The law is holy, don't misunderstand. The law is good. The law is righteous, but the law wasn't given by God to make you righteous. So, if you don't keep the law, the law will have to curse you or else it's no more the law. The law being the law will have to curse you if you don't keep everything in the law. So, the moment you take the stand, I believe in keeping the law, you are finished because you must keep everything, not the ones that you find convenient to keep.
So, the Galatians were having a problem. They were trying to keep the law. I want to call your attention to this, one time when God opened my eyes to this, it was really something that I saw like a flash and it was this word here. God says, "After you known God, or rather are known of God," in Galatians 4, "How is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage"? The whole context in Galatians 4 in the Book of Galatians is that the Galatians Christians are going back to the law. Now, here, what does he call the system of the law? Weak and beggarly. So, the Lord told me one time, "Look up the word 'weak' and 'beggarly.'" Guess what, when I look up the word "weak," it's not just the word "weak". It is exactly the Greek word used for when Jesus healed the sick. When Jesus touched the diseased and they were made well, it's used throughout the four gospels for the sick. You can check it out, okay, don't get it out down here, okay? At home, don't want to study, come here and study, all right?
Listen to the preaching. Okay, now you can check it out. Just note somewhere, check it out. In all the gospels when you talk about the sick, it is this word here. In other words, the system of the law, if you come under it, it will produce, what? Sickness. And the next word "beggarly," guess what when I look at the word "beggarly," it's the same word used for beggars, so which means what? The system of the law will make you sick and broke. And then we are wondering why the church is sick and broke. Are you listening, people? Okay, "Pastor Prince, does that mean that if someone is sick and they are broke, that means", No, no, no, no, that's the first thing you need to learn about healing, all right, when someone is sick, you never ask the question, "Who sinned"?
All right, show them John 9, all right, John chapter 9, John 9, that's right. "Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Jesus, saying, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'" Never ask the question, who sinned? Jesus's answer was, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him". When you see a situation that needs God's help, God's intervention, amen, just know this situation exists and I'm in front of it so that I can bring God supply to it, that's it. That's all you need to know, amen? Okay, now, Luke chapter 5, now, Luke chapter 5, the next thing you need to know about healing is this, the next thing you need to know. "Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them". Whoa, we know the story that at the end, only one guy got healed, the guy who was lowered but the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
Another lesson we need to learn is this, it's not as if God is not supplying, it's that we are not receiving and we're not receiving because many a times, we believe wrong things. We believe our sin stops it, our parents' sin stops it. We are under a generation curse. You know, we believe that we must be extra holy to receive it. A lot of wrong thinking, amen? So, the thing is this, the Lord is saying, amen, that he wants to heal all of them. The power of Lord was present to heal them, amen? Can I have a good amen? Okay, "Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring in and lay before Him". Okay, drop down. Now, "They could not find how to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop, let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus". It's very dusty, picture it.
All right, Jesus was preaching in the midst, amen, but he loves it. When Jesus saw their faith, the Bible said, he saw their faith. He didn't see the interruption. I love it. When he looks at you, right, he doesn't see all look at all our sins and your shortcomings and that. You have plenty of it, so do I, but he sees your faith. "When He saw their faith, He said to him, 'Man, your sins are forgiven you.'" Got him into trouble. All the doctors of the law that were gathered down there, oh, they were not happy but he says. He says, what? "Man, your sins are forgiven you". But it's obvious that he needed, what? To walk. Okay, then Jesus asked them, "Which is easier to say"? What is easier to say is your sins are forgiven because no one can see that outwardly, right, right? But to say, "Rise, take up your bed and walk," wow, then that is the, but Jesus what Jesus is saying is that this precedes this.
The rising and taking up his bed then Jesus looked at the man, "That you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins". He told the man, "Rise, take up your bed and walk". The man stood up, took his bed, and he started walking. What does that mean? That means what? That he has received forgiveness and it's demonstrated outward. In other words, the moment you believe you are forgiven of our sins, amen, that's the time you'll walk it out in your healing. Praise God. Okay, let's go to this right now in Luke 14 or Matthew 12. Okay next thing you know, need to know is this, "Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. And behold, there was a man with a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, 'Is it lawful'", they asked Jesus, "'is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?' that they might accuse Him".
Can you see that they have no doubt he can heal this eye disease? They have no doubt that he can heal, but you know what? They are saying to him now, "Do you dare to heal on the Sabbath and break the law"? Then he said to them, "What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out"? So, this is my message, and this is the next thing you need to know that how the Lord sees people who are sick. He never sees them in their faults, he see them like sheep falling into a pit. When someone falls into a pit, what do you do? Take them out. Don't go down there and say, "You should have eaten healthier. You should have been exercising". No, he sees people, oh, are we repenting? Are we changing our minds? Are we seeing the way Jesus sees? Don't ask did this man sin or his, now he says, see them as people like a sheep fall into a pit.
Okay, look at verse 12, "'Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.' Then He said to the man, 'Stretch out your hand.'" By the way, Jesus was angry and it's the only record in Mark's account, Mark bring this up, bears that out. Mark 3, verse 5, "When Jesus had looked around them," same incident, "at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts. Who's more valuable a sheep or a man"? And Jesus looked at them with anger, grieved at the hardness of, do you feel that? You would if you have Jesus in you. You don't have legalism in you. You get angry and you are grieved. It grieves the Holy Spirit. That's why the Bible says, "Words that are not gracious grieves the Holy Spirit". The verse before that, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit". It's tied up together.
Yes, God is grieved with sin, yes, of course, but the context of the gospel is very clear, and I think that self-righteousness is the mother of all sin. Okay, let's go to Luke 14, another incident. "One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee". That means he's a member of the Sanhedrin. "He was being carefully watched". Nice, huh, to go to someone's house and know you're carefully watched? They scrutinize how you comb your hair, how you do your tie, how you brush your shoe. All right, it's not a good feeling. "There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, 'Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?' But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away. Then he asked them, 'If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day'".
The New Living Translation says, "If you have a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?' And they had nothing to say". So, Jesus didn't say, you know, have a critical attitude towards a person. He says, "See him has a person who fell into a well. See him like a child fall into a well". That was an adult he healed but yet he illustrate as a child. He loves us, amen. Last illustration and then I hope this blesses you. I used this at the MegaFest but I believe it's gonna bless you. Luke 13, "Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath". Do you realize all the Sabbath, Sabbath, miracles happen in the Sabbath, amen? When man rest, God works, amen. When man rest, God works. "And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years".
I said on Wednesday that not all demons need to be addressed, you need to know their names, you need to cast them out. This woman was loosed from a demon, a spirit of infirmity, without Jesus addressing the demon. Jesus addressed her. "Woman, you are loosed," all right? No, "She had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up". Many a time people are sick, not because they have done this wrong or that wrong, it's a spiritual attack. I said, it's a spiritual attack, okay? And she was bent over, could not raise herself up. She had to identify herself by their foot, where? Their sandals, poor thing. I mean, she always bowed down. And then verse 12 says, "When Jesus saw her".
Now, this is amazing when you think no one sees. He cares, he sees you, amen. When the prophet invited all the sons of Jesse to the house, the father forgot the youngest in the field, but God did not, amen? God sees you. You don't have to impress people. Whatever you do secretly, the Lord sees. He'll reward you openly. Jesus himself says he will reward you openly, what he sees in secret. So, Jesus saw her prophetically in a vision. Jesus saw her, amen, and the Bible says, "He called her to Him and said to her, 'Woman". Now, it takes some time for her to come down, okay? And they brought her in front of Jesus and all she can see are the Lord's sandals. And the Lord says, "Woman". He didn't address the spirit. Notice that, this one case where he didn't address the spirit.
So, it's not always like a hard and fast rule that you must address the spirit. Jesus spoke to the woman, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity," amen? "'You are loosed from your infirmity.' And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God". Look at the reaction, "But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, 'There are'". Dare not speaking to Jesus, you see? Some people, they talk to the crowd. They dare not talk to you. And he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day". "Hey pastor! Your congregation just got healed of an 18-year-old disease. You are not happy about it! What's wrong with you"?
It's obvious that's the healing, right? Everyone knows this woman, 18 years, how not to know her? Perhaps you didn't listen. You were not there at the meeting in Jerusalem 18 years ago when this boy shared with the rulers of the synagogues and the wisdom of God was so amazing that they said, "Where did this young man find his wisdom"? He was 12 years old then. Maybe he should be at that meeting. And now he's now 30 years old, amen? And the wisdom is still there. And, you know, his ought, you see religious mind, I'll close with this, his ought is this. There are six days on which man ought to work! That's the mentality he has and therefore there's no healing in his church. I use the word "church," I know it's synagogue. I know it's synagogue, All right, but use it as an illustration, okay? "The Lord then answered him and said, 'Hypocrite!'" Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, who says Jesus doesn't speak strong words? He didn't say, "Sir". Today we are all, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it"? Healing is watering. Did you get it?
Here is another illustration. Healing is taking you out of the pit, out of the well, and also watering. Water and healing goes hand in hand. One day I'll teach on that, all right? "Lead it away to water it"? Next, "So ought not". Now, this is Jesus's ought. The Pharisees' ought is there are six days men ought to work. Jesus says, "Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound, " Look, her disease is not brought by God. "Whom Satan has bound". The Bible says must give credit where credit is due. "Whom Satan has bound". Think of it, for 18 years, "'Be loosed, ought not this woman with loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?' And when He had said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him". I didn't show you that all the final verses of the other healings and all that, but more than one of them, they say that the Pharisees went out, conspired how they might destroy him. Ooh, think about it, how evil self-righteousness is, amen? I hope you have a glimpse of your Savior today. Do you love him, amen? 'Cause he surely loves you. Praise the Lord. Give him praise, church. Hallelujah.