388. The Basis of a Healing Ministry. [A sermon I preached in a healing service in St Andrew’s Cathedral in1997.] No1 in a series of 2.

[ This can be heard in audio format under Jim Holbeck on Spotify.]

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JESUS.  

One of the reasons why God has blessed this healing ministry over 37 years is the place we have given to Jesus Christ in the ministry. We recognise and welcome the presence of the Risen Christ amongst us as we gather together, and we pray in His name for our prayers to be answered.

What’s so important about Jesus that we focus on Him, and pray in His name? 

The passage for tonight gives us the reason. Jesus had been preparing His followers for His departure from them. It would be through death by crucifixion. He speaks to comfort them.  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in  me. {2} In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have  told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. {3} And if I go and  prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you  also may be where I am. {4} You know the way to the place where I am going.” {5} Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can  we know the way?” 

Jesus’ reply is one of the most concise and important statements He ever made about Himself,  as He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Me.”

Let’s see the significance of what He said. 

1. JESUS IS THE WAY 

i.   He is the truth about the Way to God.

All of us have had wrong views of how one can get right with God. Some people think it’s by belonging to a Christian family that gets you accepted. 

* Others think it’s by doing more good things than bad things that tips the scales in your favour, and so you are entitled to entry into heaven.

* Some think it’s by trying to be good, and by trying to obey the law, that gets you there. 

* Others haven’t got a clue on how to get to heaven, and are just hoping for the best. 

But Jesus said, No one comes to the Father but by Me.

When Jesus died on the cross, He was bearing in His own body the sin of all the world.  It meant that the barrier of sin that stood between God and ourselves was broken down, and forgiveness was now available to humans in Christ. Now as the writer to the Hebrews puts it, He is the new and living way through whom we can come to God. 

ii. He is the pattern of the way to live, by faith in God.

From the beginning of His life, He lived by faith in God, so that at the age of 12 as he remained behind in Jerusalem after the feast, he explained to His mother Mary and Joseph, Don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business.

Throughout his life, He expressed His dependence on God for the things He said and did. 

As he prayed He often looked up to heaven or prayed, and then healed the sick or did something else like feeding 5,000 people, that showed that the answer was coming from God in answer to His prayers. 

In Gethsemane, as He decided to go ahead with the last part of His life of perfect obedience to God’s will, which meant going to the cross and being made sin for us, He prayed, Father remove this cup from Me. Nevertheless not my will, but your will be done. 

At the end of His life He could affirm to His Father in heaven, “Father I have accomplished all You have given me to do.”

At His death, He committed His spirit to God in faith. Father into Your hands I commit my spirit.

2. JESUS IS THE TRUTH.

i.  He is the truth  about God.

Jn 14:8} Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for  us.” {9} Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been  among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How  can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? {10} Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

* The truth about God was expressed in the words Jesus spoke.

* The truth about God was seen in the works that Jesus performed, which he said, was the evidence that the Father was working through Him. 

*  The truths about God’s love and mercy were seen in His healing of the sick, and in setting people free of evil spirits.

*  The truth about God’s power was seen in the nature miracles and other signs Jesus performed in His ministry, which He attributed to His Father in heaven.   Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. John 14:10.““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““`

ii. He is the truth about being human. 

* In Jesus we see how humans should live by faith in God, and in dependence of Him. 

* In Jesus we see what it means for humans to love God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. 

* In Jesus we see how we are meant to live in a deep intimacy of relationship with God. 

* In Jesus we see His perfect obedience to God for every moment of His life, so that He always did what the Father wanted Him to do. 

* In Jesus we see how humans are meant to be able to show the appropriate emotions, and not be emotionally crippled, or live with giant hang-ups. 

He  wept when confronted with the grief of Mary and Martha, at their brother Lazarus’ death. 

He wept in anguish as he saw that Jerusalem would suffer destruction because of their rejection of God in rejecting Him.

He was angry at the money changers and merchants who had set up their tables in the place reserved for the Gentiles to come and pray and seek after God.  

He rejoiced when His disciples returned after preaching and healing in His name, rejoicing because of what God had done through them. He told them not to rejoice so much in what they had done, but on their status as God’s children, Luke 10: 20  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke records in Lk 10:21,  At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. He was delighted with their delight at being used by God in His healing purposes. 

No one is perfectly emotionally whole, but Jesus as a human was, and His emotions were always

appropriate in every situation. Part of becoming more like Him, is learning from Him how to have the appropriate emotions at all times, and not living as we do as emotional cripples.  

3. JESUS IS THE LIFE. 

He is the Creator of all things, responsible for all creation, for all life. Through Him all things were made,  without Him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.  Jn 1:3,4. He is the sustainer of the universe.  Col 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  He can do things in His universe, for “He’s got the whole world in His hands”. He can do things in answer to our prayers. 

  • He revealed the life of God. Life was manifest in the life of Jesus. “The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to  us.” (1John 1:2) Jn 1. (John 14:7)  “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
  • He imparts the life of God.  Eternal life to be found in Christ. To receive Christ as Saviour and Lord into one’s life, is to receive eternal life. In Him.  1 Jn 5:11-13. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life. He has not the Son, has not life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Eternal life, the life of God begins in us from the moment we ask Christ to come and live in our lives. Life begins anew. We are born again people, new creatures in Christ, with the old things passing away and all things becoming new. 

WHY WE PRAY IN FAITH IN JESUS’ NAME.  

As we come to God in prayer, we’re not praying to Him on the basis of our goodness, our status, or even on the basis of all the things we have achieved in life. 

Rather we come on the basis of who Jesus is as Creator and Redeemer, and on the basis of all He’s done for us on the cross, and in His death and resurrection, and in His being seated at the right hand of God in glory and honour. Rom 8: 34 says that Jesus who died and who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 

That’s why we can pray with confidence, knowing that He will hear us, and that He can do something about any situation for which we pray. 

{Then came the invitation to raise one’s hand to receive prayer for healing or God’s blessing and trained pray-ers would go those people and ask “What would you like the Lord to do for you?” Then they would lay hands on them and pray in faith accordingly.]

388. Posted on http://www.jimholbeck.blog on Tuesday 09 November 2021

About Jim Holbeck

Once an Industrial Chemist working for the Queensland Government but later an Anglican minister in Brisbane, Armidale and Sydney. Last position for eighteen years before retirement in 2006 was as the Leader of the Healing Ministry at St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney.
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