Coming To Heal

The identity of Jesus is made clear by the things that He has done. John the Baptist wanted to know if Jesus was the Prophet, Priest and King who was foretold by the scriptures. He asked Jesus, Are you the Coming One?

Matthew 11:2-5 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 1. The blind see and 2. the lame walk; 3. the lepers are cleansed and 4. the deaf hear; 5. the dead are raised up and 6. the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

The Messiah will have a ministry of healing to validate His identity.

Isaiah 35:5-6 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 11:1-6 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

Matthew 9:29-30 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened…

Matthew 15:30 Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them

Jesus Met Every Requirement

Can you imagine a person coming into to the world who has the power to heal every sickness and disease of mankind, as well as raise a person from the dead—simply by speaking to them or touching the afflicted person? The only human being who has ever possessed these abilities is Jesus of Nazareth, as evidenced by the New Testament.

One of the proofs that are required of the Messiah, is His ability to heal any sickness or disease. In order for Jesus to properly be assigned the title of Messiah, He must demonstrate His power over the infirmities of mankind. In every occasion when an individual came to Jesus for healing, He was able to restore their body and heal them. The men who followed Jesus for three and one half years, wrote that they saw Jesus heal the sick, open the eyes of the blind, make the lame walk, raise the dead, and preach the gospel to everyone. These men were simply seeking to tell us the truth about what they had seen. They did not write for any other purpose than to make Jesus known to their world, and to all those who would come after them. Their record is reliable, accurate, and trustworthy. We have absolutely no reason whatsoever to doubt the sincerity of these men, nor fear that any of their words or testimony is not true.

Concerning healing: It is important to understand that as we see Jesus with the ability to heal any sickness or disease, that we also understand that on some occasions, God does allow those whom He loves, to endure infirmities for a greater cause.[1] Not everyone is healed and no person should ever feel that their sickness or disease was not healed by the Lord because they lacked faith or are not worthy of the Lord’s love. This is not true. In fact, those whom the Lord loves, He often chooses for suffering. The reasons are wide and diverse, but the purpose is always the same; for spiritual growth and to develop our character as the followers of Jesus. In the end, when these bodies die and we are taken by the Lord to heaven, every one of us will receive our healing. We will live in a perfect body—forever, one that will never grow old, become sick, or die.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5

(Paul speaking about his own need for healing) And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me (Paul’s eye sickness), lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

The following examples of Jesus ability to heal, are recorded for us; for the purpose of proving that He has met all of the requirements set-forth by the prophecies of the Old Testament, in order to be qualified as the one true Messiah.

The Blind See

Predicted of the Messiah by Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.

Predicted by Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Fulfilled by Jesus in Matthew 9:29-30 Then Jesus touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened.

The Deaf Hear:

Predicted by Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book…

Predicted by Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Fulfilled by Jesus in Mark 7:32-37 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

The Lame Walk

Jesus not only forgave the sins of a man born crippled, He commanded him to stand up and be healed. Jesus said that anyone can claim that they have the power of God to forgive sins, which we cannot see. It is a different matter altogether, to command a person to stand up and walk, which we can see. In order that we might know that Jesus has the power to do both, He told a crippled man that his sins were forgive and then healed him of his physical infirmity.

Now it happened on a certain day, as Jesus was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. Luke 5:17-25

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The Lepers are Cleansed

The Messiah will have the power to cleanse leprosy, even as He shall have power to cleanse sin.

Leviticus 14:11 “Then the priest who makes him clean shall present the man who is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 5:12-14 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.”

The Illustration of Leprosy

In Leviticus 14:11, the Lord describes the procedure for a person who has been cleansed or cured of Leprosy. This is interesting as there was no known cure for this terrible disease at the time that this verse of scripture was written. It was not until 1988 that an effective multi-drug treatment for Leprosy, developed by Jacinto Convit, finally brought a cure to this dreaded disease.[2] During the time that the Old Testament was written, leprosy was considered incurable and assigned those who contracted the disease to a lifetime of misery and isolation from family and friends. The procedure that God prescribed for those who had been healed of this illness is a reminder to us that we should never consider anything impossible when it comes to God, and what He is able to do for us. Although we might consider the misery of our life incurable, it is never too late to turn to the Lord. He can heal us and give us a brand new start.

The Bible uses the disease of Leprosy to illustrate the effects that sin has upon our life.

The following are true of both leprosy and sin:

• They begin small and increase over time.
• They dull the senses.
• They will separate us from our loved ones.
• They have no cure (at the time the Old Testament was written).
• They can spread from person to person by close contact.
• They make us unclean.
• They can effect our vision and eventually make us blind.
• If left uncured, they will eventually kill us.

Why would the Lord pronounce a procedure for a person who is healed of leprosy when this disease was considered incurable? What is impossible for man, is possible with God.

Leviticus 14:11 Then the priest who makes him clean shall present the man who is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Our God works in the realm of the impossible.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The purpose of this prophecy of the Messiah is to reveal the possibility of a new life and the forgiveness of sin to anyone who comes to God through Jesus Christ.

Over the course of three decades as a Christian Bible teacher, I have met many men and women who have told me that they believed that it was “too late” for them to be saved. They felt that because of the terrible things which they had done in their life, God could never forgive them. In essence, they were saying that they have an incurable disease, similar to leprosy in the Old Testament.

As Jesus arrives on the scene in the New Testament narrative, He demonstrates that He has the power to cure those who have the dreaded disease of Leprosy. Although this condition was considered hopeless, with no chance of healing, unless God should intervene, Jesus comes as the Messiah to provide a solution for the hopeless conditions of both leprosy and sin.

Perhaps you are reading this book with the forethought that your past sin is a hindrance to your ability to have a relationship with God. Please remember that the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross was for all sins, for all time. The value of Jesus’ life as the Son of God is of infinite value. When Jesus died, His life had the power to cleanse every person who will ever live on the earth from all of their sins. There is nothing that you have done that Jesus cannot cleanse you completely and give you a brand new life.

1 John 2:2 And Jesus Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

The payment for all sins has been made, but the forgiveness for your own sin does not happen until you personally take Jesus as your Savior. God has provided salvation for all people, for all time. The actual application of Jesus’ sacrifice does not take place until each individual person believes that He has died for them, and they receive His sacrifice as the payment for their sins. God intends that Salvation is personal.

It would be logical that since Jesus has paid for the sins of all people—that all people would automatically have eternal life. The problem with a universal application of forgiveness for everyone, is that not everyone may want to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Granting forgiveness of sins to someone who firmly does not want it, is tantamount to spiritual rape.

I met a young man a few months ago who asked me all the right questions about what Jesus has done and how he could be saved. At the end of the discussion he told me that he did not believe these things and did not want to be saved.

It is for this reason that God will not force anyone to have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life. God allows each individual person the right to make their own choice. He will respect the decision that you make, even though He knows that to reject the only method He has provided for the removal of your sins is to leave you with no other way to be saved. The love of God is so great for you that He will use no force to cause your salvation. God has demonstrated His love for you by giving His only Son, to pay for your sins. It is up to you to come to God and ask Him—by your own will, for eternal life.

If you want to know how much God loves you; imagine how hard it would be to give the life of your own son for someone else’s sin. God must have loved you as much as He loves His own dear Son, or He would never have allowed Jesus to die for you. On the opposite side of this love is God’s hatred of sin. If you want to know how much God hates sin, we again look at the cross that Jesus suffered upon and died. God hated sin so much that He allowed His Son to die for us. God saw the effects that sin has had upon human life, and He was compelled to do something about it. The Biblical definition of true love is the giving of a life for another.

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

God loves you so much that He demonstrated His love for you, by giving up His Son to die for your sins. God’s justice required a great and eternal sacrifice to pay for the sins of all people. Only Jesus’ life had the eternal worth, necessary to pay for the great debt owed by all people for their sins.

The good news is that Jesus’ death and His resurrection have fully paid for all of your sins. You do not have to live in regret and guilt for your past mistakes, any longer. Everything that you have done during your life that is wrong, Jesus has fully paid for those sins—when He suffered and died for you on the cross.

1 John 2:2 And Jesus Himself is the payment for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.[3] (RCR)

As the hopelessness of leprosy brought despair and anguish to those who were afflicted with this terrible plague, Jesus touched their disease-ravaged bodies and made them whole. He has the same power today to remove the incurable condition of your sin, because He is the promised Messiah of God.

When things seem hopeless in our life with no possible solution, that is when the Lord does His greatest work.

Jeremiah 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”

• Moses had a problem with his speaking ability; the Lord used him to free an entire nation.
• Abraham and Sarah are too old to have a son; God gives them Isaac when they are nearly 100 years old.
• David is the youngest of the family, a simple shepherd, the most unlikely to be the leader of anything; God makes him the king of Israel.
• Joseph is betrayed by his brothers; thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, wrongfully convicted and placed in prison; yet, he becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt, the most powerful kingdom on earth.
• Jesus is born into a family so poor; they cannot afford a place to stay during Mary’s delivery, yet He becomes King of kings and Lord of lords.

Man was born into the slavery of sin and condemned to an eternal separation from God; yet Jesus’ life, death and resurrection make it possible for anyone who believes in Him to have eternal life. The Old Testament illustration of leprosy; describes our condition because of sin, that is also incurable and hopeless. Until… Jesus came and cured our disease of sin and the curse of death.

It was the intention of the Holy Spirit to show us the procedure of the Old Testament Book of Leviticus Chapter 14 for the healing of someone plagued with leprosy. He did this so that when the Messiah arrived on the earth; we could understand that He would have the power to heal both the dreaded disease of leprosy, as well as, all of our sins.

The fulfillment of this prophecy from Leviticus 14:11, is found in the gospel of Luke, where Jesus heals the man afflicted with leprosy:

This man who had no hope of ever being cured of his sickness, expressed a humble request to Jesus: Lord if you are willing, You can make me clean. Jesus was willing then, and He is still willing today.

Luke 5:12-14 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.”

It is clear from the text of Luke, that Jesus understood that He was fulfilling the purpose of Leviticus 14, in performing a healing that was considered impossible. One of the signs of the Messiah is His power to heal any sickness or disease. Every person who came to Jesus—He healed.

Leviticus 13:3 The priest shall examine the sore on the skin of the body; and if the hair on the sore has turned white, and the sore appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is a leprous sore. Then the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him unclean.

In this prophecy of the coming Messiah, Jesus perfectly fulfills the role of the priest who came to examine the disease of leprosy. Instead of just acknowledging that the leprosy is present, or that it has been healed, Jesus actually heals the leprosy Himself.

In similar fashion, the disease of sin that is considered a hopeless and eternal curse on man, is healed in an instant by Jesus; at the moment we come to Him in humility and ask Him to heal us.

The Dead are Raised

There can be nothing more heartbreaking than the loss of a dear loved one. When the call comes that someone we care for is near death, our immediate response is panic. Will they be okay? Can we make it to see them before they pass?

Jesus had a very special relationship with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. He loved each one of them intently, as He loves each one of us. The compassion of Jesus, in the midst of our suffering, is one of His most endearing qualities. The Lord cares for us so passionately that He left heaven and took the body of a man—so that He might take away our suffering and grief. These things being true, when Jesus learns that His dear friend Lazarus is seriously ill, He does something unexpected.

John tells us that Jesus waited four days, until Lazarus had died, before departing for Bethany where Lazarus and his sisters resided. Standing before Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus commands him to come forth. Immediately, Lazarus steps out from the grave—alive, still covered with the linen cloths that he was wrapped in upon his death.

“Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” [4]

“Roll the stone aside, Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead mans sister, protested, Lord, he has been dead for four days.”[5]

“Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”[6]

The testimony of John is that Lazarus was Jesus’ friend and He loved him. The reasonable question would be: why the Lord waited until His friend was dead before He came to him? Upon hearing that Lazarus was very sick, Jesus remained in Jerusalem before departing the two-mile journey to Bethany. Most of us, when we have learned that a close friend or relative is very sick and may die; we would stop whatever we are doing and go to our friend immediately. Instead, Jesus waits. When the Lord arrived at the home of Mary and Martha, Lazarus had already been dead, four days. This can only mean that Jesus had intentionally stayed in Jerusalem to allow His friend to die.

By the time that Jesus arrives in Bethany, Lazarus’ body was already in a rapid state of decomposition. The Lord wanted to make sure that all those who were there, as well as those who would read this story later, would understand that Lazarus was really dead. Jesus had a greater purpose for Lazarus than saving him from death. He wanted to demonstrate that He is the Messiah and that He has the power to resurrect, all those who place their complete trust in Him.

A Delayed Answer is Often the Lord’s Will

A second important point that we should understand from this event: The Lord will often delay an answer to our pleas for help so that He can do an even greater work in our life. The sisters of Lazarus; Mary and Martha, had lost hope when their brother had died. As Jesus came into Bethany, Martha ran to meet Him; while Mary sat alone—grieving in the house. Everyone believed that it was too late, but Jesus wanted all of us to know that with Him it is never too late. When the circumstances of our life seem hopeless, this is when the Lord can do His greatest work. We should never surrender our trust in the Lord. We don’t know what He might want to do even when we see no possibility of a solution. Remember that the Lord always has your best interests at heart. Everything which He brings you to, He will also bring you through. Though it might seem hopeless, you serve a God in whom all things are possible.

By allowing the death of Lazarus and the decomposition of his body to take their course, Jesus was able to demonstrate His true power over death. Not only can He save people’s lives by forgiving their sins, restoring sight, causing the lame to walk, or casting out demons, Jesus also has power over life itself. When we are dead, He has the power to raise us back to life; whether we have been in the grave four days or four thousand years.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”[7]

When Job endured his incredible trial—loosing all of his children in a single day, and most of his wealth, he made the statement that his Redeemer was alive and on the last day, he will see him with his own eyes. In the midst of his trial, Job held on to the hope that God had a better purpose for his life than simply suffering and dying. Every event of our lives is designed—with love—by the Lord, to grow us and teach us that we should never give up hope in the God whom we trust. All things are possible with our Lord and nothing is beyond the possibility of change, once He determines that it will change. Job believed in the resurrection of those who love God, and Jesus fulfilled this hope by raising Himself from the dead—proof that He has the power to raise us up, if we continue to trust in Him all the days of our life.

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, as He raised the widow’s son. When evil men put Jesus to death, He could not be held by its power. Jesus said that no man could take His life from Him but that He has the power to lay His life down when He desires, and He has the power to take it back again in resurrection.

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”[8]

As Jesus was on the cross, the full wrath of God was poured out upon Him for all our sins, and the work of salvation was finished. It was at that precise moment that Jesus dismissed His Spirit.

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and dismissed His spirit.” —Matthew 27:50

The idea here is that Jesus’ Spirit could not leave His body until He allowed it to depart. After the Lord had finished paying for all of our sins, during the horrific six hours that He was nailed to the cross, He allowed His Spirit to leave His body, and He died. Jesus truly had the power to lay down His life at the precise moment that He chose.

There has never been anyone in the history of the world who could speak to the dead and command them to return to life. Jesus said that because He has power over life and death; all those who believe-in and continue to follow Him, will also be resurrected to life, never to die again.

Although Jesus created the universe (Colossians 1:17), when He came to the earth to give His life for the world—evil men tortured Him repeatedly, even while He was dying for their salvation. David records this event well in advance of its fulfillment: They reward me evil for good, To the sorrow of my soul.

Isaiah described the Messiah as “a man of sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3). Not that He was a depressed man, unable to lift Himself out of the doldrums of sadness, but His mission for man would bring Him to the halting emotions of sorrow.

“Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”[9]

The Greek language, in which the New Testament was written, contains an imperative here in John’s testimony of Jesus. It was not that Jesus simply groaned within His Spirit, but He was extremely angry with the fact that we all suffer and die. It angers God immensely that sin has caused such profound suffering in human life. We suffer so many heartbreaking moments; with sickness, loss, suffering, and eventually death. God did not intend that any one of us should experience these horrific events. He made us for peace, safety, blessing, and eternal happiness. It greatly angered Jesus when He observed what had happened to the creation He loves so intensely. As Jesus watched the suffering of Lazarus’ family and friends, and contemplated what Lazarus had gone through in being sick and finally dying, it brought forth a righteous indignation. This is the reason that Jesus departed Heaven and all the Glory that was His, to suffer and die for us. So that once and for all, sin and death would end and we would be set free to live the perfect and eternal lives that God has stored up for each one of us.

Even the Jewish leaders who hated Jesus so vehemently, could see His intense love for Lazarus.

Then the Jewish leaders said, “See how He loved him!” John 11:36 (RCR)

As we read through the four gospels and hear the words of Jesus, it is impossible to deny the great love that He has for all people. Here, Lazarus had died because of the effects of his sins—yet Jesus loved him intensely.[10] Some have the idea that God could not possibly love them because of the many sins they have committed. In fact, Jesus came into the world for sinners. It was because of our failures that He came to give His life for us.

The horrors that all of us face while living our lives, Jesus observed with His own eyes. Because of His compassion, He volunteered Himself for us—before the foundation of the world. God is not willing that anyone should be lost eternally—therefore, He sent His only Son to bear the consequences of our sins and take them away from us.

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”[11]

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”[12]

In this, we see the love of God in action. “God so loved the world that He gave.” When a human being says that they love someone, it is most often in reference to something that another person has done for them—and with the expectation of being loved in return. When God loves, He is the one who does the giving. His love is sacrificial and without reciprocation from those whom He loves.

When God says that He loves, He expresses His love by actions that are eternally beneficial towards those whom He loves. We were lost with no hope of saving ourselves, God did something; He gave us His only Son. Those who receive Jesus, experience the forgiveness of their sins and receive eternal life.

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”[13]

By the example of Lazarus, we see that on occasion, God waits. He does this so that we might receive a greater blessing than we would have received if He immediately answered our prayers or met our needs swiftly. When we are required to wait for the Lord, we should have confidence that this time of silence is also a time of great expectation. God cannot and will not, ever leave us alone, without His love and care. He will help us and He will bring about a solution that is better than anything we could imagine. Though the answers may not be quick, nor often what we had expected, we will receive what is truly best for us. When the end of the trial has come and some time has passed—when we have the opportunity to contemplate all that has taken place; we will see that the Lord was faithful. He did what needed to be done and He accomplished what was necessary for our life.


[1] Paul suffered a loss of vision, Lot lost everything he possessed, his health suffered and his children died. There are many examples of people whom God love, that were allowed to suffer so that God could develop in them, character, patience, gentleness, and love, that would be required in future events of their life. Some of those who have suffered in the pages of the Bible, were shown to us as examples for our own encouragement and hope.
[2] Jacinto Convit develops a multi drug treatment for the treatment of Leprosy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprosy
[3] Translation by Rob Robinson, 2012
[4] John 11:1-7
[5] John 11:39 (NLT)
[6] John 11:43-44
[7] John 11:25-26
[8] John 10:17-18
[9] John 11:32-36
[10] 1. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death
2. Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.
3. John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
[11] 1 John 4:10
[12] John 3:16
[13] 1 John 4:9