One of the more prominent features of Jesus’ ministry in the New Testament is that he healed people. The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) record 26 unique episodes where Jesus restored someone to physical health. These healings include three resurrections, five exorcisms (casting out demons), and 18 other healings for various sicknesses, diseases, and disabilities. There were certainly more healings than these (cf. Matt 9:35; Mark 1:32-34; Luke 6: 17-19; John 20:30-31; 21:25), but 26 specific accounts are recorded.

Jjesus-healing-bethesda-02esus had various reasons for performing these healings, including his desire to convey divine love, compassion, and restoration to the sick. Still, we learn from Scripture that they were conducted primarily to authenticate himself as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. This authentication was necessary because of the radical claims he often made about himself. In Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God has indeed come, giving us a glimpse of that day when “everything sad will come untrue” (J. R. R. Tolkien).

The study handout is available here:
Healing Grace—Myriad Authentications of the Son of God

Image Credits: The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos


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