Did Jesus ever heal someone who didn’t have
faith, part three. Hey, welcome to today’s lesson. It’s a joy to have you with me once again. We’ve been on this theme of divine healing
for quite some time on Little Lessons. And you might say, “I’m not really interested
in this because I’m healthy.” Well, great, great, you’re blessed. But maybe God wants you to be a blessing. You ever think about that? That’s right. Be a blessing. Maybe you could actually learn something that
you can teach somebody else here, right? Right. Okay. I like learning things that are not just relevant
to me, but relevant to people that I can … Because I’m healthy as a horse right now, praise the
Lord. I don’t need any teaching on healing at this
moment in my life. But there are chances that I might need, at
some point in time, to know what the Bible says about healing and have some faith for
healing. It’d be a good time to build up my faith now
all before that time comes. And like I said already, I could be a blessing
to someone else. I’m trying to be a blessing to people right
now. Maybe there’s some viewers who are ill and
need healing. Well, I’m trying to help you. Okay, so we’re answering the question, “Did
Jesus ever heal anyone who didn’t have faith?” And the answer is, yes. We talked about, of course, that Jesus healed
by two methods primarily, through encouraging people to believe and have faith and trust
him because so many times he did credit their faith, and then through gifts of healings
that operate as the spirit wills and not as Jesus willed either. As the spirit [inaudible 00:01:42], Jesus
was limited in that sense, self-limited. He operated as a man anointed by the Holy
spirit with gifts of the spirit, which operate according to the spirits will. I Corinthians chapter 12 verse number 11. In fact, here’s another verse, Hebrews two
and verse number four. Listen to this, “God also testifying with
them,” that is his apostles that he sent out, “Both by signs and wonders, and various miracles,
and by gifts of the holy spirit according to his own will.” Okay, so nobody can just flip a switch. Nobody can say, “Oh, I have the gift of healing.” It’s like so funny. Sometimes people try to criticize anyone like
me who believes that healing is for today. It’s like, “Well, why don’t you just go to
the hospitals and just clear everybody out?” Well, who’s claiming that ability? I’m going to show you a story here where Jesus
went to a hospital and didn’t clear it out. Yeah, exactly. You can’t clear out a hospital unless God
gave you the gift of healing for every person in that hospital, which seems highly unlikely
in light of what the scripture teaches. Now, if you could get everyone in that hospital
to have faith in Jesus as their healer, you can clear it out. But that’s pretty unlikely, too, because there’s
so much unbelief. All right, so here’s a story in your Bible,
John, chapter five, the healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda, and this is the example
given. Jesus went to a hospital and he didn’t clear
it out. Now this is wasn’t a hospital, but there are
a lot of sick people gathered there. So here we go, now there is in Jerusalem by
the sheep gate, a pool, which in Hebrew, which is called a Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes
or five like porches. In these lay, listen to this next word, a
multitude. Well, how many is a multitude? More than three. More than 10. More than I would say 15, or 20, or even 30,
I don’t know. But multitudes, a good crowd. In these, lay a multitude of those who are
sick, blind, lame, and the withered, waiting for the moving of the waters for an angel
of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water. Whoever then first after the stirring up of
the water stepped in, was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted. Well, that’s something right there. See, so here’s a case where God is occasionally
through the agency of an angel healing one person, whoever gets into the water first,
after the angel troubles the water gets healed. And so even God isn’t clearing out in the
hospital, as it were. He’s healing one person. And guess what? It’s not in this case, arbitrarily up to God. It’s whoever gets into the water first. They all to be watching and we’re going to
read a story about a poor guy that wasn’t mobile. A man was there who been ill 38 years. When Jesus saw him lying there and he knew
that he’d already been a long time in that condition, he said to him, “Do you wish to
get well?” It seems kind of like a silly question that
guy’s been sitting there waiting for the trouble in the waters. The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no
man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. But while I am coming another steps down before
me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet
and walk.” Immediately, the man became well, so zap,
he’s healed. Immediately, the man became well and so what
did he do? He picked up his palette and he began to walk. Now because if you go to the story, you know
that this is the only guy Jesus healed. Just as God has been sending an angel periodically,
apparently God sent Jesus for the same purpose. “We’re going to heal one person. We’re not clearing out the hospital. We can leave one person.” Now why would God do that? Why would God send an angel occasionally and
heal one person? Why would God send Jesus, and just heal one
person? Does that mean God favored him above all the
rest? Does that mean God favors the quickest person
to get in the water? Well, in a sense, I guess you could say so,
but yet if you know the Bible, you know that all these people who are waiting around that
sheep gate, in that pool of Bethesda, near the sheep gate of Jerusalem, they all had
a covenant. In their Bible it was written, “If you’ll
obey me, I’ll take sickness out of the midst of you and the number of your days I will
fulfill because I am Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals you.” So they had a covenant and I’m just quoting
one verse out of numerous verses. They could’ve gone to the Psalms. “Bless the Lord, all my soul and all that
is within me. Bless his Holy name. Let me not forget any of my benefits, who
forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.” They have promises from God, and so perhaps,
I don’t know, but it seems maybe logical to think that perhaps God was just trying to
do some advertising to say, “I’m still in the healing business. Look at this. Every once in a while, I send an angel down
and stirs the waters. First person gets in and gets healed. Does that mean I don’t want to heal all the
rest of you? No, I gave you my word. I gave you a covenant of healing. If you’ll obey me and take me at my promise,
you could all be healed.” But they’re waiting around for the gift of
the spirit. They’re waiting around for the gift of healing. They’re waiting around for something, a sovereign
act of God, where he just sovereignly, does something on his own and, and doesn’t require
anything of anybody excepted that it would require them to get into the water, first
of all. In this case, Jesus only picked out one guy
and it was obviously a gift of healing for that guy. Now was the guy healed by his faith? Jesus never mentioned faith. In fact, later on, not long after, the Jews
see this guy carrying this pallet and he says, “What are you doing, caring a pallet?” He said, “The one who made me well told me
to pick up my pallet, and walk.” And they ask him, “Who is the guy that said
this to you?” I’m reading the Bible, but the man who was
healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away. So the guy wasn’t healed by his faith in Jesus,
wasn’t he? Jesus never mentioned faith or believing. The guy didn’t even know who it was that healed
him. This guy walks along asking, “Do you want
to be well?” And he says, “Get up, pick up your pallet
and walk,” and all of a sudden, the guy’s healed, and he’s better. All right, so that’s a gift of healing. Now, time flies so fast. I’m going to spend one more little lesson
on this because there’s a few more things I want to say in this regard. Okay, so hope to see you next time. God bless.