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II. The kind of people who come to Christ for healing… Luke 5:17… “And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them” (KJV).
Psalm 68:35… “You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people” (NIV).
The Pharisees came. The word “Pharisee” means “a separatist, one who is exclusively religious, one who strictly observes the law, one whose acts are self-righteous and hypocritical and condemnatory.”
People come to church for two reasons, to hear good teaching to feed their spirits, and to receive healing for physical well-being. The Pharisees came for healing too. Even with all their knowledge of Scriptures, they had afflictions in their bodies. In this verse, the people came from Galilee, Judaea, and Jerusalem, two counties and one city. The Lord said to me one day, “Look up the meaning of these three places, because they tell what kind of people come for healing.” These same kind of people come to church today.
Galilee… This word means “the revolutions of a wheel.” It describes people who are going around in circles; they are in constant turmoil.
Judaea… This word implies “praise, celebration, worship.” This is speaking about people like us, people who love the Lord, who worship, who praise God. Yet, in spite of a worship vocabulary, there are unfulfilled desires in the heart, there are physical ailments in the body, and there are physical and economic needs.
Jerusalem… This word means “peace” or “double peace.” A lot of folks inwardly know the peace that comes with the forgiveness of sins, yet outwardly sickness is wrecking havoc with their lives. This could be reversed also; outwardly we can look like everything is all right and yet inwardly there is a civil war raging. Many people come to church this way. Outwardly they look good, but on the inside there is worry, disturbances, and hurts.
“And the power of the Lord was present to heal” (KJV). “And the Lord’s power to heal was in Him” (Holman). The word “power” refers to the “full dimension of God’s power,” all of it. It was there to heal the people. Ephesians 1:19-20 tells us that the same power that raised Christ up from the dead is working on behalf of people, both in and out of the church. The Lord could have said, “Look at the universe; see My power. It upholds them all.” But Jesus didn’t. He used an example that relates to us. The resurrection power can make you alive (Romans 8:11). The resurrection power conquered sin, sickness, and the devil. Jesus has not changed.
Pastor George Belobaba
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