Kenneth Copeland - You Are Supposed To Be Healed
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Father, we thank You today for all of the miracles that will happen here and online. We ascribe all of the glory to You Jesus, You're our healer. So thank You Lord.
Let's go now to Matthew Chapter 9. We'll look at three incidences in the life of Jesus. We'll look at Matthew 9:2 and Mark 2 and Luke 5 because there's something different in each one of these. The man born by four, Matthew 9:1. "He entered into a ship and passed over and came into his own city". So that be Capernaum. "And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy". Now if you research that, I just know all of you have the BLB, the Blue Letter Bible, right? It is really, really good. And I learned there and then and other sources there that this actually was a stroke... palsy, it could mean totally paralyzed. It's an old English word for paralyzation but the word that was used there it's most likely a debilitating stroke.
"So lying on a bed, Jesus seeing their faith", you see faith, "said to the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer. Thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, he saith to the sick of the palsy, Arise, take up your bed, and go home. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power or authority unto men".
Now what did he say here? Your sins be forgiven you. Now let's look in Mark chapter two. And again he entered into Capernaum. He went home and after some days he was noise that he was in the house. So he's in his house. When they excavated this, at first they thought it was Peter's house because it was so large. But then they realized it was Jesus and it was right there on a hill just up from the Galilee. He had a nice lake view home and it was big. And he could look down and see the fisherman and so forth. He was in the house. "And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee".
Now you get a better picture of this because he's preaching here. And when we get over to the Book of Luke, we find out there was no room in there. And I used to think it was a hostile crowd, but it was not it was not in a synagogue. They came from that whole area to hear him. So now, "Son, thy sins be forgiven you". And it electrified the whole place. And they thought, this man blasphemes. Oh, only God can forgive sins, right? "I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. And he went forth again by the sea side;" So he was right there at home. So he finished that meeting, we just went down there at the lake shore.
Now Luke, "And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed. And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them". Now isn't that interesting. The power of... of course he was there. The power of the Lord was present to heal them. Now, it doesn't actually point out that any of them did, but I'll show you as we read this, something that you'll like. "And, behold, men". So we know there's four of them, "brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy:" or had a stroke, "and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith..."
Now the woman with the issue of blood heard of Jesus. What did she hear? She heard the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to preach. He's anointed me to preach healing. He's anointed me to preach deliverance for the captives and so forth... The acceptable year of the Lord. She heard that, I'm totally convinced they heard that... that four, now the man was a shut in. But that four been in those meetings. The man heard that. So the way it came up in my spirit, he calls these four crazy friends and he said, "Get me in front of that man. I'll get rid of this bad arm, bad leg I'm dragging around all over the place. Find him and get me there". They went over there and checked and the place was full. They couldn't get in.
And we read the list there they were from that whole area. And the things that they didn't say the things. Jesus perceived what they were thinking, they didn't say it. And he saw their faith. Somebody wanted this badly enough to tear up that roof, they didn't really care whose house it is. They're coming through this thing one way or the other. Well, you know, and I know and all of those that whole group knew that this house belonged to Jesus because it was right there next to the synagogue, amen, that Cornelius built in Capernaum, we know that because two blind men followed him out of the synagogue into his house. So they knew where it was, just walk right on in there, amen. We get to heaven, the archives will show all of this for real. We'll be able to live it then and see it exactly as it happened, where we don't have to use imaginations to see, because it's all written down. You know that. Because every deed and every thought of every human being that ever lived is recorded. Hallelujah.
So let's see how the rest of the story, praise God. "And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts"? Not their mind... They were reasoning in their heart, "Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, he said unto the sick of the palsy..." Now look at it. Do you see it? I say it. I say, he's using faith, this is what he said in Mark 11:23. "I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, or reverence, saying, We have seen strange things today".
I am convinced that a lot of them right then got healed themselves. Glory to God. Well he's the same Jesus. There was a young boy, Brother Roberts had preached and preached and laid hands on people, you know he laid hands on over 2 million people and did it until he had to have a rotator cuff in his shoulders, had to do surgery on them. And somebody said, "Well, I just don't understand all that healing power flowing through there. And he had to have surgery on". Well yes he did, now I said it already, healing is not a reward, it is a property and you have to receive it. He got through, he was so tired and he was about to leave and there was a little boy named Willie. And he was sitting there and he walked out and he said, "Are you Oral Roberts"? He said, "Yes, I am". "I'm supposed to be healed today". And he said, "Well son, I'm completely worn out, the anointing has lifted from me". He said, "Well I don't know anything about that. All I know is I'm supposed to be healed today".
And of course his mother was there. He said, "All right, you will have to do the believing, but I'll do the laying on of hands". And he did the believing and his mother and little Willie did the believing, Brother Roberts laid his hands on him and he was healed that day. And he couldn't walk right, but from that moment on, he was totally, completely healed. Grew up to be a fine man of God. Hallelujah, amen. I'm supposed to be healed today. Well, I have news for you. You're supposed to prosper today and be in health. The day is your healing day. Today's the day you walk away from grief and sorrow.
Well, we're in Luke, let's look at Luke 18, verse 35. "And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. He cried, Jesus, thou son of David, do hesed for me". He wasn't speaking Greek. It wasn't mercy. He's speaking Hebrew. And it was Hesed. "They which went before rebuked him, that he should keep his peace:" Shut up, old blind man. "but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David..."
Now, wait a minute, that meant he knew who he was. In Matthew, if you'll look it up, I think it's around the 25th chapter somewhere in there, he said, "Who do you say that the Messiah is"? They say the son of David. So he knew who he was, son of David. He called him Messiah, hallelujah. Do Hesed for me. When they rebuked him, he just got louder. And it doesn't say how many times he said it. I imagine it's rolling out of his mouth at the top of his lungs over and over and over and over. And he's probably thinking about the 118 Psalm, God is Good. His mercy his Hesed endures forever. And when he said, "Thou son of David, do Hesed for me".
Jesus stood and commanded Him to be brought unto Him. You go get him. And when he was come here, he asked him, saying, What will you that I shall do to you? Now you can just see him. Bartimaeus, what can I do for you? Well why? He must have known what he needed. Bartimaeus needed to say it. Glory to God. Jesus of Nazareth passes by and he said, "Lord", called him Lord, "that I may receive my sight". And Jesus said unto him, "Receive your side. Your faith has saved you". Glory to God. Your faith has saved you. Now I want to look at this in the 10th chapter of Mark. "And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth you. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus".
Now this is very important. You remember when Jesus said the ten lepers. Go show yourself to the priest, the blind man at the Beautiful Gate in Acts three. He was there at the gate of the temple, which means he had been examined by the priest and there was no doubt about the fact that he was actually, couldn't walk. This man had been examined by the priest and he wore a garment indicating that. He arose verse 50, casting away his garment. He just said, "Well, man, I don't need this anymore". He just dropped that garment, came to Jesus. "Jesus answered, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made you whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way". He immediately, he immediately became part of that team.
Now, when you go over there to Luke 8 and he's preaching and had a great multitude and important women were testifying, well, in my heart I see Bartimaeus out there testifying and he can see it. The Spirit of God only saw fit to give us these few examples. There's something like 19 of them right here in the New Testament. Then you go on over into the Book of Acts and you see others. Some count 20, but there's 19 and faith is actually spoken of in a number of them and in the others it is strongly implied. And all of the principles of faith are there. Today is your healing day.