Mark 1:40-42, Matthew 9:27-30, Matthew 14:19-21, John 2:7-9, Hebrews 13:8, Exodus 16:29-30, 2 Kings 2:21-22, 2 Kings 5:9-10,14, Matthew 9:23-25, 2 Kings 13:21 Jonah 1:17 & 2:1-2,10, Matthew 12:40, John 14:12
Many are familiar with the great acts of healing and abundance that Jesus brought about when He walked this Earth. There are many more than just the few here that I’ll mention, but notably He healed the leper in Mark 1:40-42, who begged Him: “…’If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.’ [41] And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, ‘I will; be thou clean.’ [42] And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.”
In Matthew 9:27-30, He healed two blind men who followed him, who begged: “‘Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.’ [28] … and Jesus saith unto them, ‘Believe ye that I am able to do this?’ They said unto him, ‘Yea, Lord.’ [29] Then touched he their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’ [30] And their eyes were opened…”
Jesus also caused great multiplication and transmutation of resources, such as when He fed 5000 men with the source of just 5 loaves and 2 fishes, in Matthew 14:19-21: “And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. [20] And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. [21] And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.”
And Jesus transfigured water into wine at a wedding party in John 2:7-9: “Jesus saith unto them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ … [8] And he saith unto them, ‘Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast.’ …[9] When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was…”
Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
We often overlook the miracles of healing and abundance in the Old Testament. As far back as in Exodus 16:29-30, we see how the Israelites were fed from a supernatural substance named Manna, which spoiled quickly if one tried to hoard it on a daily basis, but sustained perfectly for 2 days, if the people kept the sabbath and didn’t labor to harvest it on the seventh day: “See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. [30] So the people rested on the seventh day.”
In 2 Kings 2:21-22, we see how the rancid waters and barren land of Jericho were divinely purified by Elisha, when the people cried for relief: “And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, ‘Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.’ [22] So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.”
We see Elisha instruct a man named Naaman to be healed in the waters of Jordan, in 2 Kings 5:9-10,14:
“…’Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.’ [14] Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”
In the New Testament, we see Jesus performing the ultimate miracle of raising a ruler’s dead daughter in Matthew 9:23-25: “…Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, [24] He said unto them, ‘Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth.’ And they laughed him to scorn. [25] But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.”
In the Old Testament in 2 Kings 13:21, we see that even touching the buried bones of Elisha revived a man from the dead: “And it came to pass, as they were burying a man…and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.”
In Jonah 1:17 & 2:1-2,10, we see the extraordinary tale of Jonah being cast into the sea, swallowed by a whale, surviving to pray from within its belly, and spit out alive: “…And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. [1] Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, [2] And said, ‘I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.’ [10] And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”
That last story is directly reflective of the suffering (and healing) of our Lord Jesus Christ’s death and raising to life anew, after 3 days and 3 nights, as affirmed in Matthew 12:40.
Today’s message was meant to encourage you that our God is as capable of miracles of healing and increase all through the past, and is also able to do so in the present and the future, for Jesus said, “…He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do…” (John 14:12)
Be not limited in your faith or your belief, by size of the mountain in front of you, nor by the limits of the resources in your hands. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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