Wednesday, February 21, 2007

26 Gospel Accounts of Jesus Healings

As a Lenten discipline I will be posting 26 healing passages as inspiration for daily devotionals. Beyond these first 26 gospel accounts I'll post other gospel healing passages. For anyone who wishes to reflect upon these, each post will end with questions for reflection.

John 4:46-54 (New International Version)

46Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."

49The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."

50Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live."
The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."

53Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household believed.

54This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.

Questions:

  1. Who was the person in need?
  2. What was the immediate, obvious need?
  3. Who took the initiative in effecting the healing?
  4. How and by whom was faith involved in this healing?
  5. What were the reactions to the healing?
  6. What led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need?

2 comments:

Mark H said...

Thanks for this series Marty. It's really timely for me right now and I look forward to the full 26 posts :-)

Brother Marty said...

Mark,
I pray that I be disciplined to continue and see this effort through to its conclusion. Thank you so very much for your words of encouragement.

I respect and follow your ministry. God Bless You, Brother!
Marty