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Real Human Being

Welcome JesusIn the Gospels, Jesus called himself a human being, a man. He said in John 8.40a, "As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God." H.P. Lidden (1829-1890 AD) wrote in "The Divinity of our Lord and Savior," about this statement, "The Son of Man, as applied to himself by Jesus, doubtless expresses real humanity, a perfect and penetrating community of nature and feeling with the lot of humankind." Jesus emphasized his fragility and said in Matthew 8.20, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

God And Man

Jesus TrialJesus also said that he was God as well as a man. The High Priest at his trial asked Jesus, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" This was the phrase used by Jews to mean "God" without speaking his name out loud which was forbidden by them. Jesus in reply in Mark 14.62-64 used the "God name" which had a profound effect on his hearers. "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." At this, the High Priest tore his clothes and said in Mark 14.64a, "you have heard this blasphemy." The High Priest no doubt would have been recalled Moses' meeting with God in which Moses asked God what his name was. We read in Exodus 3.14, "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM. [or "I will be what I will be"] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you.'" This phrase 'I AM WHO I AM.' may be translated as "I will be what I will be." Jesus angered the crowd with his claim of deity, so much that they picked up rocks to stone him. In yet another claim to deity, Jesus said in John 10.30a, "I and the Father are one."

Jesus Forgives

Paralytic ManJesus forgives sins and demonstrates this in the New Testament. We can know his power and experience his forgiveness in our lives today. In Mark 2.1-12, a group of people brought to Jesus a paralyzed man lying on a mat. When Jesus saw the faith of this little group, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Meanwhile, some of the teachers of the law were grumbling to themselves, "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk?' But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.'" He then said to the paralytic, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." The paralytic man got out of his bed and carried it home to everyone's astonishment!

Forgiveness Love

Forgiven WomanOn another occasion in Luke 7.47-50, Jesus forgave the sins of a woman and healed her. His words to the assembled company were again surprising, "Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little." Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Jesus continued by saying to the woman, "Your faith has saved you, go in peace."

Rebuking Elements

Ship In StormOn a third occasion, as recorded in Mark 4.39-41, Jesus and the disciples were out in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, which was notorious for sudden storms sweeping in from the valley to the North. The disciples became afraid of the crashing waves and high winds and woke up Jesus. Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" The one who forgave sins also demonstrated his power over the elements!

Power Over Sickness

Peter's Mother-in-Law HouseJesus showed people the reality of his power over sickness when Peter's mother-in-law was healed.Luke 4.38-40 told us of Jesus power over sickness. "Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Peter. Now Peter's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them." This seemed to have been an instantaneous recovery and Peter's mother-in-law sprang into action to show hospitality to those present in her home! The next verse described how Jesus continued his ministry of healing even to the end of the day. "At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them."

Jesus Power

Jesus prayingLater we read, "Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, 'You are the Son of God!' But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah." He rebuked the evil spirits for identifying who he was. Jesus seemed to not be particular whom he healed and simply blessed all who came to him! He seemed to have been busy enough without further attention and wanted to preach also. Luke 4.42-44 told us, "At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, 'I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also because that is why I was sent.' And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea."

Jesus Healing

Model JerusalemJesus healing and his power over sickness and death were exhibited for the son of the widow of Nain. He had authority over sickness of every kind.The disciples were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus Christ leading the way. They were astonished and afraid at the coming events that Jesus told them about. Jesus took the twelve Apostles, the inner group, aside and explained to them in Mark 10.32-34 what was going to happen. "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise." Jesus was instructing his followers about his power over death though they didn't seem to understand it!

Compassion

Jesus in NainJesus exhibited his power over sickness and death in Luke 7.11-17. "Soon afterward, he (Jesus) went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow, and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, 'Do not weep.' Then he came forward and touched the bier (the coffin), and the bearers stood still. And he said, 'Young man, I say to you, rise!' The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, 'A great prophet has risen among us!' and 'God has looked favorably on his people!' This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country." "Soon afterward" was translated by some ancient authorities as "the next day" so this could have happened the next morning. Now the disciples had seen an example of Jesus healing power over not only over the sick but over death. This power is still available to Jesus' followers today!

"Power Over Sickness"
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by Ron Meacock

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