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Overview of Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ

Updated: Nov 7, 2019

INTRODUCTION – The intricate details of Jesus’s healing ministry were not recorded to fill up space. Because we can “walk in the same manner as He walked” (I John 2:6), every detail should be of great importance to us. This study is given for that purpose.

1.Scenario: Man w/ unclean spirit; Passages: Mk 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37; Categories: Result =crowds amazed; news spread;

2. Scenario: Peter’s mother in law sick; Passages: Mt. 8:14,15; Mk. 1:30-31; Lk. 4:38,39; Categories: Initiated by Jesus

3. Scenario: Multitudes; Passages: Mt. 8:16,17, Mk. 1:32-34 Lk. 4:40,41; Categories:Brought to Jesus by others or asked Jesus to go to others; caused by demons? (Matt. 8:16)

4. Scenario: Many demons; Passages: Mk. 1:39; Categories: Initiated by Jesus

5. Scenario: Leper; Passages: Mt. 8:2-4; Mk. 1:40-42; Lk. 5:12,13; Categories: Initiated by sick person; compassion

6. Scenario: Man w/ Palsy: Passages: Mt. 9:2-8; Mk.2:3-12; Lk. 5:17-26; Categories: Individual’s sin; purpose to authent.; res.=glory; res.=crowds amazed; brought to Jesus by others.

7. Scenario: Man w/ withered hand; Passages: Mt. 12:9-14; Mk. 3:1-6; Lk. 6:6-11; Categories: Initiated by Jesus

8. Scenario: Multitudes; Passages: Mt. 12:15,16; Mk. 3:10,11; Categories: Initiated by crowds following/coming to Him;

9. Scenario: Gadarene demoniacs; Passages: Mt. 8:28-34; Mk. 5:1-17; Lk. 8:26-39; Categories: Initiated by Jesus and/or initiated by sick person

10. Scenario: Jairus’s daughter; Passages: Mt. 9:18-26; Mk. 5:22-43 Lk. 8:40-56; Categories:Result = crowds drawn; Brought to Jesus by others

11. Scenario: Woman w/bleeding; Passages: Mt. 9:18-22; Mk. 5:21-34 Lk. 8:43-48; Categories: Initiated by sick person

12. Scenario: A few sick people; Passages: Mt. 13:53-58; Mk. 6:1-6; Categories: Initiated by Jesus

13. Scenario: Multitudes; Passages: Mt. 14:34-36; Mk. 6:53-56; Categories: Brought to Jesus by others

14. Scenario: Syrophoenician’s daughter; Passages: Mt. 15:21-28; Mk. 7:24-30; Categories: Initiated by mother of sick person

15.Scenario: Deaf & dumb man; Passage: Mk. 7:31-37; Categories: Result= glory to God; Result=crowds; Brought by others

16. Scenario: Blind man; Passage: Mk. 8:22-26; Categories: Brought to Jesus by others

17. Scenario: Child with evil spirit; Passage: Mt. 17:14-21; Mk. 9:14-29 Lk. 9:37-45; Categories: Brought to Jesus by others

18. Scenario: Blind Bartimaeus; Passages: Mt. 20:29-34; Mk. 10:46-52 Lk. 18:35-43; Categories: Initiated by sick person; compassion

19. Scenario: Centurion’s servant; Passages: Mt. 8:5-13; Lk. 7:1-10; Categories: Brought to Jesus by others/Asked Jesus to go

20. Scenario: Two Blind Men; Passage: Mt. 9:27-31; Categories: Result=crowds drawn; Initiated by sick person

21. Scenario: Dumb Demoniac; Passage: Mt. 9:32-34; Categories:Result=crowds drawn; Brought to Jesus by others

22. Scenario: Blind & Dumb, Demoniac; Passage: Mt. 12:22-37; Categories: Result=crowds drawn; Brought to Jesus by others

23. Scenario: Multitudes; Passages: Mt. 4:23-25; Lk. 6:17-19; Categories: Initiated by Jesus; Brought to Jesus by others; Crowds drawn

24. Scenario: Multitudes; Passage: Mt. 9:35, 36 Categories: Initiated by Jesus; compassion

25. Scenario: Multitudes; Passages: Mt. 11:4,5; Lk. 7:21,22 Categories: general statement of nature of Jesus’s ministry

26. Scenario: Multitudes; Passages: Mt. 14:14; Lk. 9:11; Jn. 6:2; Categories: Initiated by Jesus; compassion

27. Scenario: Great Multitudes; Passages: Mt. 15:30; Categories: Brought to Jesus by others

28. Scenario: Great Multitudes; Passage: Mt. 19:2; Categories: Result=glory to God; res.=crowds; Brought to Jesus by others

29. Scenario: Blind/lame in temple; Passage: Mt. 21:14; Categories: Initiated by sick persons

30. Scenario: Widow’s son; Passage: Lk. 7:11-17; Categories: Result=glory to God, crowds; Initiated by Jesus; compassion

31. Scenario: Mary Magdalene & Others; Passage: Lk. 8:2,3; Categories: “healed of evil spirits and sicknesses” caused by devil?

32. Scenario: Woman bound by Satan; Passage: Lk. 13:10-16; Categories: result=glory to God; Initiated by Jesus; caused by demon/Satan

33. Scenario: Man with dropsy; Passage: Lk. 14:1-4; Categories: Initiated by Jesus

34. Scenario: Ten Lepers; Passage: Lk. 17:11-19; Categories: result=glory to God; Initiated by sick persons

35. Scenario: Malchus’ ear; Passage: Lk. 22:47-53; Categories: Initiated by Jesus

36. Scenario: Multitudes; Passage: Lk. 5:15; Categories: Initiated by sick persons

37. Scenario: Various persons; Passage: Lk. 13:32; Categories: “Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures..”

38. Scenario: Nobleman’s son Jn. 4:46-53 result=healed person & fam. saved;asked by father to heal

39. Scenario: Impotent man; Passage: Jn. 5:1-14; Categories: Individual’s sin; Initiated by Jesus;

40. Scenario: Man born blind; Passage: Jn. 9:1-41; Categories: result=glory to God; result=healed person; Person believed; initiated by Jesus. I

41. Scenario: Lazarus dead; Passage: Jn. 11:1-44; Categories: Purpose to authenticate; result=glory to God; result = many others believed; s


1. result = crowds drawn; people amazed; news spread – #1,6,10, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 30,

2. initiated by Jesus – #2,4,5,7,8, 9, 12, 23, 24, 26, 29,

3. brought to Jesus by others – #6,10,13,15,16,17,21,22,23,27,28, or asked Jesus to go to heal another – #3,14, 19, 41

4. initiated by sick person – #5, 9, 11, 18, 20, 29, 36,

5. tied to individual’s sin – #6, 39,

6. purpose to authenticate deity of Christ – #6, 41,

7. result = glory to God – #6, 15, 28, 30, 32, 34, 40, 41,

8. initiated by crowds following Him or coming to Him – #8, 36,

9. general statement of Jesus’s ministry – #25

10. caused by demon/devil – #3?,31?, 32, 37, (cf. Acts 10:38)

11. result=healed person saved (paralytic glorified God; demonized man with “legion” from Gerasenes sitting, begging, proclaiming; blind man (Bart)/men followed Him; Mary M. & other women delivered from demons; #38, 40, 41.

12. result = family of healed person saved/believe – #38,

13. result = others saved – #41

14. motivated by compassion – #5, 18, 24, 26, 30

PRINCIPLES 1. Healing was a major part of the ministry of Jesus Christ. Of the 3,774 verses in the four gospels, 484 relate specifically to the healing of physical and/or mental illness, demonization and the resurrection of the dead. More impressive, of the 1,257 narrative verses in the gospels, 484 verse – 38.5% are devoted to Jesus’s healing ministry. Matt. 4:23,24; 9:35,

2. Jesus healed people out of a compassionate heart and in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit Compassion = Mark 1:40-42; Matt. 20:29-34; H.S. – Mt. 3:16 “..after being baptized…Spirit of God descending.. and coming upon Him.” Matt. 4:1 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” John 5:30 “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

3. Jesus’s healing ministry resulted in glory to God and in many being drawn to faith in Him. Matt. 9:2-8

4. Every healing was different in who initiated it, how it came about and what it resulted in.

5. The root cause of people’s sickness was sometimes sin (Matt. 9:2; Jn. 5:1-14), sometimes demonic (Luke 13:10-17), and sometimes not apparent.

6. Only on two occasions was the (stated) purpose of the healing to authenticate the deity of Christ. Matt. 9:6 “But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sin…….Rise take up your bed, and go home.” John 11:4,41,42

7. Many were healed because caring friends or relatives brought them to Jesus. Matt. 14:34-36

8. When Jesus sent out the 12 and the 70 – His command and expectation was that they would heal the sick. Matt. 10:1 & Luke 10:1,9; cf. Mark 16:17,18

9. When Matthew wrote about Jesus healing the multitudes in 8:16, he went on to tie His healing ministry to the prophecy made in Isaiah 53 re: healing being in the atonement (cf. I Peter 2:24). sozo double meaning.

10. God’s heart for the sick can be seen through how many of these passages use the word “all” (Mt. 12:15; 14:35,36; Luke 4:40; 6:19; Acts 10:38;

CONCLUSION – Jesus Christ has a huge heart for the sick and demonized. Healing was a very significant part of His ministry. And the good news is – His healing ministry continues through His willing servants.

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