Lemme start right here:
JESUS CAME TO THE EARTH THAT WE MAY BE WHOLE!
1) By reconciling MAN TO GOD he brings a RESTORATION of RELATIONSHIP between GOD & HIS PEOPLE
2) John 10.10 NKJV ...I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
A DISTINCTIVE of Jesus Healing Ministry is that Jesus didn’t JUST Heal.
Every HEALING is representative of a RESTORATION
Every HEALING RESTORED SOCIAL STATUS, FINANCIAL STABILITY, RESTORED FAMILIES, & EVEN RESTORED PHYSICAL TOUCH & INTIMACY
WHEN JESUS HEALED HE DID MORE THAN JUST ELIMINATE PAIN
We have made PAIN our PRIMARY TARGET - We’ve made it our ENEMY
Don’t Hate Me… But:
PAIN IS NOT THE ENEMY
Pain is no evil, unless it conquers us - Charles Kingsley
Dr. Paul Brand worked with lepers in India and the United States. In The Gift of Pain, coauthored by Philip Yancey, Brand tells the story of four-year-old Tanya. When her mother brought Tanya to the national leprosy hospital in Carville, Louisiana, Dr. Brand immediately noticed the little girl appeared totally calm as he removed her bloodstained bandages and examined her dislocated ankle.
As the doctor gently moved her foot to assess the extent of the damage, Tanya appeared bored. She felt no pain at all. Her mother explained that she first realized Tanya’s problem when she was only eighteen months old. She had left her daughter in a playpen for a few minutes. When she returned, she saw Tanya finger painting with large red swirls on the sheet. She hadn’t remembered giving her daughter any paint. When she got closer, she screamed in horror. Tanya had bitten off the end of her finger and was using her blood as paint! When her mother screamed, the little girl looked up with “streaks of blood on her teeth.”
Tanya suffered from a rare genetic malady called congenital indifference to pain, a condition very similar to leprosy. In every other way, she was a healthy little girl, but she felt no pain at all. Seven years later, Tanya’s mother called Dr. Brand to tell him that the little girl had lost both legs to amputation as well as most of her fingers. Her elbows were constantly dislocated, and she suffered sepsis from ulcers on her hands and leg stumps. She had chewed her tongue so badly that it was swollen and lacerated.
Years earlier, Tanya’s father left because he couldn’t handle the stress of raising her— he had called her “a monster.” Dr. Brand observed, “Tanya was no monster, only an extreme example— a human metaphor, really— of life without pain.” 2 Leprosy can be contagious, but Dr. Brand assured his colleagues at the hospital they were in no danger. Then, one night after a flight from America to London, Dr. Brand went to his hotel and began to undress for bed. When he took off one of his shoes, he realized he had no sensation in his foot. The numbness terrified him! He found a pin and stuck it into the skin below his ankle. Nothing. He pushed it deeper into his flesh. This time some blood appeared, but still he felt no pain.
All night Dr. Brand lay in bed with his mind racing to imagine his new life as a leper. How would it affect his personal life? Would he have to leave his family and live in a colony so they didn’t catch it? What assurance could he now give his staff that they, too, wouldn’t contract the disease?The next morning, as the day dawned, Dr. Brand picked up a pin and stuck it into his ankle. This time he yelled. It hurt! From that day forward, whenever he felt discomfort from a cut, nausea, or anything else, he responded with genuine gratitude, “Thank God for pain!”
Chand, Samuel (2015-04-07). Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth (p. 10). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
PAIN HAS A PURPOSE
For example, our grief reveals the LOVE and the IMPACT those who have passed have had on our LIVES
PAIN HAS A PURPOSE
IT LETS US KNOW WHEN THINGS ARE NOT RIGHT!
PAIN HAS A PURPOSE
Remember... nothing is wasted with GOD... especially your pain!
When you’re born you’re like a a key with no cuts in it. As you go through life, each wound, failure, hurt… cuts into that strip of metal. And one day there is a clear CLICK - your pain has formed the key that slips into the lock and opens your future - Bishop TD Jakes
PAIN HAS A PURPOSE
Remember that PAIN is SYMPTOM of the PROBLEM … PAIN is not the ENEMY — it is a reminder that their is a PROBLEM
- Jesus didn’t only heal those in PAIN
ie. BLIND, MUTE, DEAF, LEPROSY
JESUS HEALS FOR WHOLENESS
The Number 7 is God’s Number and represents COMPLETION or WHOLENESS
Often when we start describing the GOSPEL we start at GENESIS 3 - The Fall of Man … where MAN was separated from God…
But that’s not where it starts!
It starts in GENESIS 1 when the earth was formless and void… when the Spirit of God was HOVERING over this CHAOS …
And this is the BEHIND THE SCENES picture:
Colossians 1.15-17 NLT Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,[e]
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
The STORY… OUR story doesn’t start with SEPARATION FROM GOD… OUR STORY starts with the Spirit of God hovering over the chaos… awaiting the CREATIVE WORD OF JESUS who SPOKE the WORLD INTO BEING… and BROUGHT THE CHAOS INTO ORDER…
And that same Jesus is HERE NOW… is READY NOW… that same Spirit of God… the HOLY SPIRIT… is HOVERING over your LIFE, over your SITUATION, over your PAIN, over your CHAOS… READY… to release the POWER OF GOD into your LIFE … JESUS already RECONCILED US TO MAN… we are no longer DEFINED by our MISTAKES… INSTEAD… JESUS wants to bring WHOLENESS into BROKENESS
He does this through HEALING OUR BODIES… HEALING OUR MINDS… HEALING OUR HEARTS… He does this by MAKING THINGS BEAUTIFUL … HE takes the BROKEN and He puts it back together!
YOUR PAIN HAS A PURPOSE... AND JESUS WANTS TO TRANSFORM YOU AND BRING YOU INTO WHOLENESS IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE.