THE SABBATH DAY HEALINGS OF JESUS OF NAZARETH
There are seven healings by Jesus Christ our Lord recorded in Scripture as occurring on the Sabbath Day. When one allows the Holy Spirit to dissect each occurrence and put them together again in Divine perspective, a clear picture emerges of the power and demonstration of the Spirit through Christ Jesus to bring His Church to Spiritual Perfection. A heavenly order penetrated the heart of the passing religious system as Christ Jesus wrought His mighty works fulfilling God’s Word and introducing His kingdom.
No particular order is required to study the Sabbath healings for the same glorious Picture of Redemption stands out no matter what direction It is approached. To introduce this magnificent study, let us begin by examining the meaning of the Sabbath. Simply, it means to rest, to cease, desist as God did when He ended His work of creation. It is a time of refreshing. To refresh means to take breath. The Holy Spirit is the Breath of Life of the new creation; therefore, allow your spirit to receive the blessedness of His refreshing.
I am fondly reminded of my beloved Pastor, the late Gary Garner, who said, “God waited until He had created everything and then created the man because He knew the man would try to help Him.” That remark evoked a chuckle but contained intense truth. The beauty of the whole story of Creation is that since man was created on the sixth day in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, 31), all he had to do was obey God and enter into the glorious rest of the seventh day in full fellowship with God, our Creator. The Fall severed that fellowship, but God had a Plan, the same unchanging Plan from the beginning.
Christ Jesus restored all things and, as His new creation, we may be confident that we have been readmitted to God’s Presence and Favor as we examine the Power of God through His Fulfilled Word through the Sabbath healings of the man with the withered hand, of the man with an unclean spirit, Simon’s mother in law of a fever, a woman with a spirit of infirmity, a man with dropsy, a lame man, and a man blind from birth.